Monthly Archives: May 2012

Chief White Calf – Blackfoot – Died in Washington DC in 1903

Chief White Calf – 1873 While working with the Carlisle student records, I came across Helen White Calf, an Arickara from North Dakota.  Having spent many years on the powwow circuit, I was certainly aware of the White Buffalo story, … Continue reading

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White Buffalo (Calf) Prophecy

The white buffalo calf holds special significance to American Indians- especially the Oceti Sakowin (The People of the Seven Council Fires, also known as the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota, or  the ‘Sioux’).  As it is a crucial part of the teachings and … Continue reading

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Analysis of the 1869 Cherokee West Census

After spending the past several weeks working with the 1869 Cherokee West Census, I finished integrating the 4307 family names into the Native Heritage Names project.  After finishing this work, I felt there was also a story to be told … Continue reading

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Ethel Green Hair

Working with the Carlisle School records, we certainly discover that if some of the students were forced to be renamed, certainly not all of them were.  A case in point is Ethel Green Hair.  She was a Winnebago Indian from … Continue reading

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Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842

This site is like candy for a sugar addict.  What a candystore!  Hat tip to Steve for sending this link! The Southeastern Native American Documents, 1730-1842, contains approximately 2,000 documents and images relating to the Native American population of the … Continue reading

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Carlisle Indian School Records

Chiracahua Apache Indians After Training at the Carlisle Indian School, 1886 (photograph from the National Archives, ARC identifier 593352, local identifier 111-SC-85688) Carlisle Indian Industrial School (1879–1918) was an Indian boarding school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1879 at Carlisle, … Continue reading

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6 Founding Native Mothers

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to honor our Native mothers, historically referenced in many tribes simply as “the Grandmothers,” who came before us.  I’d also like to share with you what science and genetics has to say about the Grandmothers. We … Continue reading

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Unknown Indian

It strikes me as odd that we don’t know the name of this man.  He fought for our freedom in the Revolutionary War, but couldn’t honor him if we wanted to…because we don’t know his name.  He is recorded simply … Continue reading

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Dirt – Specifically, Dirt Names

In the 1869 Cherokee West census, most, but not all of the Native people have adopted some sort of first name plus surname naming convention.  Some names are in transition – and of course we don’t know where that transition … Continue reading

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The Battle of Tippecanoe

Growing up in Indiana, the word Tippecanoe was very familiar.  So were Native arrowheads and other remnants of the life of the Native people who lived there generations before my family. Little did I know that Indians had been engaged … Continue reading

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