I got some interesting information sent my way as a result of my SIL cleaning out her house.
First, were a number of childhood pix of yours truly.
Then there was the photocopy of my grandmother's official request to have herself, and her nine children, entered on the tribal rolls of the Dakota Sioux tribe. The document, outlining her personal ancestry back to her two tribal grandmothers, and outlining her children's birthdates and birth locations.
The document was addressed to: Enrollment, Standing Rock Indian Agency, Ft. Yates, North Dakota...dated, July 21, 1980.
Evidently, I am related to the people carrying out the insurrection against pipeline building across sacred land, reputedly protected by treaty.
Post by raspberrybullets on Oct 29, 2016 23:58:29 GMT
Neat. It's cool to find some connections I think. I enjoyed anyway, being able to question my grandma a bit when I stayed with her in Slovakia for a while, and find out a bit more about my relations and ancestors.
The sight filled the northern sky; the imensity of it was scarcely conceivable. As if from Heaven itself, great curtains of delicate light hung and trembled. Pale green and rose-pink, and as transparent as the most fragile fabric, and at the bottom edge a profound fiery crimson like the fires of Hell, they swung and shimmered loosely with more grace than the most skillful dancer. ~ Northern Lights
So. The document which came my way did not jibe with what I knew of the outcome of the 'Indian heritage' controversy which raged through my family. I remember lots of scoffing and gossip being generated. So....I tracked down my youngest aunt, who has in the interim, made herself the extended family's definitive source on geneological questions. I got her on the phone and told her about the document.
She told me to ignore it. She had not been able to confirm any of the story at all. She had tracked down all the family trails, even the three wives of her great-great-grandfather, and found not one native American in the direct line. She had cross-examined her mother about the enrollment form and was told that her oldest sister had pressured her mother to enroll them, because, "since the family had been in the Dakotas for three generations, there must be Indian blood". Evidently, the form was forged to get the daughter off the back of her mother.....The tribe refused to accept the enrollment. She did note that my grandmother's brother had had children who had married in to the tribe, but they were not in the direct line in my family. She has done geneologies for both my grandfather's family and my grandmother's family and I am sending her the necessary funds to provide me zip drives of both family histories.
No known native American blood in these veins. It's probably all privileged white folks...Scots, Anglos, Germans. I guess I'll find out.