The following Tribal Member Education pages were designed to be used by Brothertown members and others to learn more about our rich heritage, culture, and history. The story begins before 1700 and covers our Saga west from New England to Oneida lands in New York and the founding of the Brothertown as a tightly based group on our original 7 parent villages in New England to the Oneida lands in NY where Brothertown was formed.
Our ancestors not only helped educate some of the first Christian Indians but were central in helping retain the remnants of the original parent tribes when pushed off their communities first in New England, then upstate New York and finally in Wisconsin. While some of the original Indian tribes held on and are thriving today – others are not. However, their lineage can be found, in all cases amongst the Brothertown Indians.
We have attempted to provide information in the following pages from respected scholars, papers, research, and data bases such as: Dartmouth’s “Occom Circle”, the Native Notheast Portal, the archives of historical societies, colleges, and other scholarly sources.
** Notes: Our goal has been to provide links to rare original documents ( often in our founding fathers’ own hand with professional translations) to help research our story. While we do not house or own this diverse collection of works, we provide links gathered in one place showing the distinguished past and impact of The Brothertown Indians. These are public and freely accessible and allow you to read (and in many instances to download) for your own further research. Some sites (example: academia.edu) may require you to sign up for free to download. The last section is in our member area which features stories from our Tribes roots, including the section “bloodlines” originally featured in the 1980s and 1990s in the Tribal newsletters and requires members to sign in as it is in the member are. ( However, behind several links on these pages, we have created some of the publicly available information in pdf format, for easier research and study – we have fully credited the source of the information and the tribe maintains no ownership claims of this information).
The pages are organized as follows:
- The 1600-1700s: Brothertown Indian Parent Tribes
- The early 1700s in New England (including original documents professionally transcribed)
- Mid 1700s and the beginnings of the Saga West
- The Brothertown from arrival in New York to Brothertown Wisconsin
- The Brothertown Indians today
- Media page for related video, radio programs and additional research
- Brothertown Library of collected works relating to the Brothertown Indian Nation
- Stories of Samson Occom and our early history and our founders (located in the members area and member sign-in is required)