blhmabbott said:My DH is also of Blackfoot descent. His grandmother lived on the reservation in Montana and married a white man. We contacted the reservation and were told that since she married a white man, they didn't keep the records for her. I don't know if this is standard procedure, or if it's true, but we can't find any documentation of her anywhere except for the information DH's mother has told us...which is limited to say the least. We've come to a road block and don't know where to go next. Good luck in your search!
It is highly possible that the Nebraskan tribe was Sioux. There is also a Winnebago tribe in Eastern Nebraska. There is a Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota that is the headwater for the Mississippi River. So the Itaska you mention might actually be Itasca.Bernadette said:Here's the story. A pioneer family by the name of Gilchrist was living in a soddy in Nebraska. There was a very hard winter, and if it wasn't for an Native by the name of Itaska (some in the family argue he was a Chief) .
There may be another reason .... Carlisle Indian School or other such schools that would kidnap NA children and force them into being white. Sometimes it was just easier to pass as white.townmouse said:I was really surprised. There's no denying the heritage of the family, but the anecdotal stuff is fairly sketchy. Both grandparents are dead, and my uncle went nuts during the years that he was doing the genealogy.
But I grew up hearing their names and when they lived, and there they all were in the rolls. So that's something. I don't know how it all worked, but it is surprising that anybody in my family would bother reporting anything to anybody.
Part of the reason Grandpa wouldn't talk much about it...his dad was a bootleg whisky runner and Grandpa got in the habit, during childhood, of refusing to say anything about his dad :haha: