There was a local Indian group--the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, recognized by the state of Delaware since the 1880s, but I ignored them and convinced myself that they were not "real" Indians.
My carefully constructed happy little world of ignorance about Custer connections and Indians ended in the fall of 1998, when I learned that some members of the Nanticoke Indian community were very unhappy with me and my work.
(42) In reviewing the subsequent history of these "Props to the Longhouse," Tuteloes and Nanticokes, it is, however, abundantly clear that their adoption was genuine and effective in sustaining Iroquois sovereignty.
These younger members, originally two in number, the Oneidas and Cayugas, had afterwards an important accession in the Tuscarora nation; and in later years several smaller tribes, or, as they were styled, additional braces of the Extended House, were received,--Tuteloes, Nanticokes, Delawares and others.
He does so admirably, offering a general cultural portrait of tidewater peoples (illustrated with John White's watercolors) followed by a detailed account of the Nanticoke's difficulties with English settlers and American citizens.
Porter's final chapter, "Renewal," considers the Nanticoke's continued efforts to maintain their Indian identity.