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Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia

Q: Hi there, I was wondering if you have ever herd of this tribe? The Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia ? I think they were Cherokee, at least thats what I was told. If you know anything or have heard anything please let me know.

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A: The Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia are not a tribe, they are an intertribal cultural organization. Their members are descendents of several different tribes, including Cherokee, Nanticoke, Shawnee, Seneca, Wyandot, Tuscarora, and other tribes not originally from the West Virginia area as well. Most states have a cultural organization such as this for descendents of American Indian tribes to gather. A tribe (or nation) is an original Native American people with traditions specific to their culture, whereas an intertribal organization is a club for people of any tribal background, without tribe-specific culture or traditions.

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