The Black Americans suing to reclaim their Native American identity
Updated: Apr 23
Johnnie Mae Austin and her grandson, Damario Solomon-Simmons, can tell you everything about their ancestry.
They can go back as far as 1810, the year Solomon-Simmons’ great-great-great-great-grandfather, Cow Tom, was born.
With undeniable pride, they recount the man’s feats of bravery during the civil war, and his leadership within Oklahoma’s Creek population.