The 'Brass Ankles', an ethnic group of South Carolina"were a "tri-racial isolate" group who lived in the area of Orangeburg County, Berkeley County and Charleston County from the early 1800s to the mid 1900s. They were a mixture of African, Native American and European descent. Common surnames were Russell, Jackson, Driggers, Goins, Bunch, Sweat and Weatherford. (Varner, Clark and Burbage are also common surnames as noted in comments below)
Born as Geswanouth Slahoot in North Vancouver, his English name was originally Dan Slaholt. The surname was changed to George when he entered a residential school at age 5. He worked at a number of different jobs, including as a longshoreman, construction worker, and school bus driver, and was band chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation from 1951–63 (then called the Burrard Indian Band).
۞ Wilma Pearl Mankiller, 1945–2010, was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. She served as principal chief for ten years from 1985 to 1995. Mankiller's administration founded the Cherokee Nation Community Development Department and saw a population increase of Cherokee Nation citizens from 55,000 to 156,000. The family surname, Mankiller, refers to a traditional Cherokee military rank; it is Asgaya-dihi in the Cherokee language.