A former tribal leader sheds light on his people’s rich past, difficult struggles, and hopeful — if tenuous — future
By Charles C. Clark IV
From the September 2017 issue
The Nanticoke Indians of Delaware.
Who are we?
Where did we come from?
Where have we been?
And perhaps most importantly,
where are we going today?
The following account (and accompanying commentary) offer an insider’s look into these questions.
They are from the eyes, heart and mind of a man whose family name is synonymous with the Nanticoke Indian Tribe of Delaware, and who is directly descended from 122 years of consecutive family Nanticoke tribal chiefs.
I myself served as assistant chief for more than a decade, and also served as the annual powwow emcee for at least as long, in addition to being a tribal drummer and singer. I fought for Native American burial rights and grave protection in Delaware, and won. I was vocal about native affairs and kept a conversation about them alive within the State of Delaware. I was, and still am, involved. With that in mind, here are the answers to the above questions, offered with intimate knowledge, complete candor and great care.