I 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 Jefferson Thompson Parks, brother of my great-grandmother Susan Parks). I am a direct descendant of Oconostota and Nancy Ward. Unlike them, I’m no battlefield tactician, just a writer. I have never lived on a reservation (and the Cherokees don’t have a traditional one– thought that’s debatable) so I cannot speak from that perspective.
My 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.