Lisa Dlamini
Lisa Dlamini asked:

When they say Black Indians do they mean that there were Black people that lived in the Indian communities and eventually identified themselves as Indians?

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Ife I agree this is a complex topic, because, these historical accounts are not included in the history taught in American Schools. Native American and Africans and some other Nationalities were already in North America, when the Vikings and, Spanish and other Europeans came to it's shores. They had businesses and Civilizations, which were destroyed and undermined by the Europeans, as they committed atrocities and stole land that did not belong to them. Black Indians, usually includes all of what the previous answer included and also speaks of those who intermarried with the Native Americans and are Black and Native. Many who are called plains Indians have that distinction. I would suggest to anyone interested in uncovering ,"Truth and History" to read this book.
Dera Lisa, that can be the case like in Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw and Chickasaw were slave holders. The blacks too on the Indian ways and after emancipation were called Freedmen. There are also blacks who intermarried with Natives and are both Black and Indian. There are a number of registered tribes that have black descendants. It is a very complex topic. Hope this helps.
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