About the Blogger

img002 copy6b.jpgI am Stephen Carr Hampton, a registered citizen of Cherokee Nation.  My father, Albert Hampton, is from Grove, Oklahoma.  He grew up attending the Green Corn Dances, proud of his elders, some of whom held prominent positions in the Cherokee community (such as John Calvin Martin Jr., member of the 1827 Cherokee Constitutional Convention and first Chief Justice and Treasure of Cherokee Nation pre-removal; Richard Fox Taylor, member of the Cherokee National Committee pre-removal and signer of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution post-removal; and Jefferson Thompson Parks, Chief Justice of Cherokee Nation post-removal).

I am a direct descendant of Nancy Ward.  Unlike her, I’m no battlefield tactician, just a writer.  I have never lived on the Cherokee reservation so I cannot speak from that perspective. Full disclosure–  I’m descended from Old Settlers, Trail of Tears survivors, and Cherokees who stayed in the East, as well as English, Irish, and Scottish traders (such as Ludovic Grant and, by marriage, John “Bushyhead” Stuart), Loyalists and Revolutionaries, Confederates and Unionists.

Nancy Ward lineage.jpg

Cherokees today mapMy father was part of the diaspora  from Oklahoma to California (see the map showing where Cherokees are today). That’s where he met my mother, a second generation Slovak from Ohio.  I came along after that, in the yellow area in southern California.  I’ve since moved to northern California where there is also an active Cherokee community.

I currently work as a tribal liaison (among other roles) for California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response.  We deal with oil spills and other pollution events.  All opinions expressed here are purely my own.  All information referred to here is publicly available.

This blog is dedicated to un-erasing Native American history and shining a light on contemporary issues. I aim especially to provide historical context and parallels to current events.

2 Responses to About the Blogger

  1. Dear Stephen

    Your blog and commentary on this pipeline project, and the impact to the Sioux tribe is very interesting. My publication (Environment Analyst) is seeking to understand more about the key environmental issues surrounding projects in the US. While we are based in the UK we are writing more and more about the US, particularly because the consultancies who subscribe to us are international and many have US operations. The ascendancy of Donald Trump has led for a need for information on the impacts of his EOs and how it will shape environmental protection in the states.

    If you would agree I would like to undertake a telephone interview with you to discuss this project and the wider requirements for environmental assessments in the US. I am interested to know what the differences between an EA are and an EIS – the underlying legal need for both? If you are keen please send me an email ross@environment-analyst.com to discuss more.


    • Mark Lawrence Arcangel says:

      Thank you for your blog. I hope you continue what you are doing like what you said “provide historical context and parallels to current events”.

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