The following is an excerpt from an article posted in a journal in 2013. The Tribal leader sent this article in response to my query as to my own ancestry. I am a descendant of George All Sizemore via my father and my paternal grandmother. This article is being submitted to Indian Voices as a reminder that we are all connected and the importance of listening to the elders as historical documentation such as the Census roll does not determine whether you are Indian.
MANCHESTER, Sep 19, 2013 – Direct descendants of The Whitetop laurel Band Of Cherokee’s that was established over 100 years ago has resurrected the tribe in the hart of Clay county, Manchester, Kentucky.
The Whitetop laurel Band Of Cherokee’s was originally established nine years before the Eastern Cherokee. The tribe was located in the tri-state Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee borders. The original Whitetop laurel Band Of Cherokee’s lasted over a decade and was mostly made up of Sizemore’s who where descendants of George All Sizemore.
About 2,000 of this same group of sizemore’s applied for the Eastern Cherokee for membership and all 2,000 where rejected for one reason or another. One being the Sizemore family was not on the Dawes or any Cherokee census rolls. A recent Sizemore DNA project tested the male Y-dna from descendants of George all Sizemore has shown and proven without a doubt, that George All Sizemore was Native Indian.
The Whitetop Band of Native Indians are the direct descendants of George All Sizemore. We are located in Southeastern Kentucky where many of our Sizemore ancestors had settled and hundreds still live even today. Our ancestor’s fought for a cause and now it is time that we inherit this cause and fight for what belongs to us. We are Native Indians, blood given to us from our ancestors and we also demand our rights in body.
The Tribe of The Whitetop Band Of Native Indians
In conclusion, listen to the stories, check the details, and most of all live the life of which your ancestors would be proud. – Yvonne-Cher Skye