Documenting Blood Quanta

| November 13, 2009

Recently I received an email from a grandchild of Mary Anna Rich (born 1899). He told me that he was contesting tribal records with regard to his grandmother’s blood quantum, which was officially changed from full-blood to 7/8th sometime after the 1950s. He was requesting my assistance in finding documentation that his grandmother was indeed [...]

Otoe-Missouria Tribal Princess

| August 1, 2008

Like many other native American tribes, the Otoe-Missouria annually select a Princess to represent the tribe at official events and to act as a goodwill ambassador. The selection process culminates in the naming of the princess at the opening of the Encampment each July. The following list was originally transcribed from the 2007 Encampment program. [...]

Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery

| September 1, 2007

The Survey During the weekend of the Otoe-Missouria Encampment of 2007, I photographed every legible grave marker in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery. I had to skip probably a couple dozen graves which had illegible names or were marked only with familial terms such as Grandmother or Daughter. I incorporated the relevant data into the interactive [...]

Which Tribe?

| June 30, 2007

This post is in response to an email question I received about Charles George Shunatona. An article was published online by Tim Giago about The Great Horse of the Pawnee Nation, which describes a legend passed down to Shunatona by his great-grandfather. The person writing to me was apparently confused by the fact that the [...]

Littlecrow Trading Post

| May 30, 2007

This summer our family is having a reunion “on the rez” at the homestead in Red Rock, OK. This year we timed it so we will be there to attend the Otoe-Missouria Pow wow. Oklahoma in July! Whew! I was looking online to order a new ribbon shirt for the pow wow (not something that [...]

Historical Accuracy

| April 18, 2007

I received an email from someone who questioned a particular section of my Otoe-Missouria History page. I recreated our email dialogue here: S. Foust wrote: Access Geneology internet site article on Otoe history says that French explorer LaSalle in 1680 met 2 Otoe Chiefs in present day Illinois. Those chiefs told LaSalle of journeying far [...]

La Salle’s Contact with the Otoe

| April 18, 2007

It is not my intent to document every historical reference to the Otoe and Missouria tribes. Many of those references have been compiled in the Garland series book, Otoe and Missouria, which is cited at the bottom of this page, and by Alan H. Hartley for his dictionary slips research. I wrote this article in [...]

Indian Rancher

| February 5, 2007

Reprinted from the “World of Farming” section of the Tulsa World 25 October 1965. The newspaper clipping was provided by Clio Caleb Church. The article had no by-line. Indian Rancher Proves Up to Name ‘Real Fellow’ RED ROCK — His Otoe name is Woc She Gay Chee. But to his friends, and he has lots [...]

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