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7 years ago

Yeah go for it.

7 years ago

Anybody think we should do a NEW introductions thread? This one is longer than the Constitution.

7 years ago

Margaret...!!..It's nice to see you over here.....Bob/Sam

7 years ago
Hey Tasha, Thanks for reminding me about the 49er...Guess I better go see what they are doing over there..Last time I was there I saw bananas everywhere and I think I was playing 20 Questions with Fran....Hey Margaret, see we are NORMAL over here....( and the Biker Chicks get loose over here all the time...)
7 years ago
Wanted to get really confused so decided to join you all over here...gee this thread is long...Bob...Sam...LRD and all howdy..LH
7 years ago

All newbies!! Guten Tag, Sandra, I noticed your post came twice so I deleted one -- just for cleanup purposes! I hope you don't mind.

Nice also to meet you Frances. Don't let Bob scare you.

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You'll both hear more from me after our family trip is over. . .until then you'll just see me once in a while. I'm pretending I don't see the 49 over in the other thread.

Tasha







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A warm Welcome Everyone!
7 years ago
Wow, I never said Welcome here!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hurry up Tasha, your fruit is getting ripe! Will need to pass them around at Bob's party I guess!

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Hi
7 years ago

Hi everyone

nice to meet you all,

my name is Frances, I'm 40 and live in Wales, UK.

I am really interested in native American culture and history, I have been reading a lot about it and find it fascinating, I would love to learn more, it would be lovely to make some friends on here too!

Looking forward to getting to know you all

Fran

Frances

Intro
7 years ago

Hi

7 years ago
Sonya, meet us over at the Frybread Lodge 2 ...after work...(And bring the cookies...)
7 years ago

I am chatty ...

Here some cookies for the morning coffee

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I have to go to work

7 years ago
Remember Sonya, ALWAYS blame it on..BOB...Bob is evil, I have to agree with that..... By the way..got any cookies..???
7 years ago

Yup, I'm sure it was all Bob's fault. Bob's like that.

Tasha

7 years ago

Welcome Sonya, Thanks for joining our merry little band...Hope you come on and talk to us...Some people join and we never hear from them again...must have been something that BOB said....



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7 years ago

Oh my ... ... I cannot wait to meet all of you!

Thanks for the warm welcome!

7 years ago

Tasha has told you about Seneca ways. Go ask Bob about Apaches and Maria about Choctaw beliefs. Joye for the Lakota ways. We all do things a bit differently as we are from different nations. We have no problems with questions. So ask away. Maryellen has her very own thread for her questions! Feel free to make your own if you want to ask people your questions. Maria, Bob and I only bring out our tomahawks when we are REALLY pissed off. I know you wouldn't do that but it's always wise to leave Bob's Sock Monkey and Maria's chocolate alone!

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I see I somehow missed the last post from Glezela. Sorry. Consider yourself welcomed too!

Tasha
Thanks for the invite, Tasha
7 years ago

I think i am going to like this group
, I am Sonya, from Bulgaria and i don't know much about the native Americans. So, if I ask too many questions, ...
I am interested in learning more about your culture ... Tasha has already told me some amazing things ...

Anonymous
7 years ago
Thank you everyone for the welcome. I am a "mutt" too so don't feel bad. I am Dakota/Blackfeet Sioux,German,a touch of Irish,and Dutch and English. There may be more but only the Lord knows...LOL. The NA comes from my mothers side and the German is my dad...who walked the path about 4 years ago.
7 years ago
WELCOME TAMMY !Sorry I didn't get on here before this to say Hello...but it's been hit and miss with me lately.. I'll try to do better...Hope you enjoy the group...I know I sure do......
7 years ago

Welcome Tammy..... 

I'm one of the resident mutts... hehehehe.

I'm Choctaw, Cherokee, several strains of European and I've had the priviledge of being invited to learn some of the Lakota culture and traditions. In some of my family research, I've recently stumbled onto someone else's research and they are trying to connect a couple of my family names to the Mohawks. Sometimes you just don't know what may be luring in our veins just waiting to pop out... hehehehe 

Anonymous
7 years ago
Thank you Maria.
7 years ago
Anonymous
7 years ago
Thank you Tasha for your kind words. I will take advantage of that. I mean I won't take advantage of your kindness but about the thread.  You are very nice. Again thank you for the welcome.
7 years ago
Kuwe, White Dove. 

We all come from different nations. For hosts we have:   Maria who is Choctaw; Onedia is Apache; and me -- I am Seneca. We have many others here from many different places. Joye is our resident, Lakota.  She is wise, and smart, funny, and your best bet for knowledge of traditional Lakota ways. We do not go indepth about many spiritual things here as we all believe that is best left for one's lodge. We do speak about traditional ways and things in general though. 

If there is something in particular you are interested in, start a thread asking a question. People will answer it as best they know by the ways they were taught. If they think it is best not spoken of, we will (hopefully politely) tell you that.  Please take no offense at that, it is just the way things are done.

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Tasha


Anonymous
Introductions
7 years ago

Hi, my name is Wakinyelaska-White Dove. My avatar says I am Tammy but I don't go by that. That is a white man name,even if the color of my skin is white. I come from the third "Blessed Generation" of the Dakota's,meaning my eyes are torquios,blue,brown and green. I unfortunitly was born in a house where my roots were never spoken of or spoken very little. I am searching for traditions of my people,mostly as far as religious culture is concerned. I was raised in a baptist/chritian home but what I have learned doesn't satisfy me;I want and need more. Can anyone here share information about Dakota culture? I have read many books on ceromonies written by Lakota,but I find very few from Dakota. I love nature and have a group about Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge where I volunteer. My family and I have started a conservation and wildlife organization called Preservation Creation and we teach children about conservation and wildlife. We are working on a website and newsletter under the same name. Right now our first project is saving the mountian lions migrating to Missouri. Right now they are protected to an extent but they would have more protection if put back under "The Endangered Species List." But I didn't come here to plug that,I just want more knowledge about the Native American culture and my People. Would anyone spare a moment and teach me?

7 years ago

Native American

Wado for the green star Tasha my unali

Cloe Virginia.......

7 years ago
Bob's evil.  . . tempting people with cookies. I'm diabetic so we only have fake sugar here on our side. ;-P


   Anyways.


Tasha
7 years ago

O'siyo Onedia

A tempting offer but I'm not shore ,cookies are fattening after all. I'll have to think about that one.. 

7 years ago
Thanks Rhonda..(I owe you one). Cloe,see what I put up with ? ( Come over to the dark side...they serve cookies )....Sam
7 years ago

Don't forget that Bob is her middle name. Her full name is Furry Little  Beast Of Burden  Onedia Sam.... lol lol

7 years ago

No worrys my darling there is nothing to forgive...

I think I am going to enjoy this group.....

You girls seam to be heaps of fun and thats just what the world needs...

7 years ago
Sorry Cloe, 

My friend's daughter is Chloe so I immediately thought that was your name.

Hmm, the Bob/Sam stuff started, I believe in the Gen-u-wine NDN Names thread. I will have to check to be certain.  We are basically teasing Onedia about a new "name" for her. My contention is BOB but she is partial to SAM. So of course, at every opportunity, I call her BOB. She tries and recruits people to the dark side by getting them to call her SAM! We are just being silly. Nevermind us.

Tasha
7 years ago

O'siyo Tasha and Onedia,

                                                 First of all my darlings my name is Cloe not Chloe, well now that we have that cleared up, whats with the Bob and Sam thing, you totally have me at a loss.......Cloe Virginia....

O'siyo
7 years ago

O'siyo,

             In answer to your question Rhonda, I don't know any of the indiginous peoples languages from where I am but can speak N.Z.as my fiance is from there. the reason I am learning Cherokee is, I have a very good friend at care2 and she is Cherokee, as we send e-mails she started talking some words in her language which then sparked my natural interest as I have felt very connected to Native Americans for as long as I can remember. I hope that answers your question, and wado for asking....

your unali Cloe Virginia..



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7 years ago
Shhh, Onedia. Stop scaring off the newbies! Hehe. They might start believing the old westerns!

Tasha
7 years ago
SAM...SAM...SAM, I AM....( Chloe..listen to the voices...)
7 years ago
Yes, Chloe, Vote BOB.  Nevermind the SAM voice.  If it bothers you again, stick a qtip in your ears and it'll go away!

Hehehe,
Tasha
7 years ago
Hello Chloe, Welcome....The first thing you have to do is vote for the name SAM...(Don't worry about the reason behind it..)Never use the name BOB on here, and don't ever mention to Rhonda anything about a little furry beast of burden....( Word of caution...Tasha will try to get you to go over to the B*O*B* Side......)
7 years ago
Hello Chloe, good to meet you.  Please fel free to come in and chat with us here, ask questions you have abt NA culture. I am pleased to know others are interested in native ways.

We hope you enjoy your stay,
Tasha
7 years ago

Welcome Cloe. That's cool that you are learning other languages. How many of the languages of the indigenous people of your country do you know? Or maybe New Zealand which is right next door? 

7 years ago

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O'siyo everyone,

                               I am new to this group and just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Cloe and unfortunatly I am not Native American but plz don't hold that against me,I have always felt a very deep love and respect for Native Americans for as long as I can remember. I am at the moment trying to learn the Cherokee language, it is going very slowly, but I am trying..Wado..Cloe Virginia...

8 years ago
Welcome Rain. I hope you enjoy your stay.

Tasha
8 years ago

Rain, I sometimes refer to myself as a mixed mut or a Heinz 57 and here's why..... Choctaw, Cherokee, Welsh, Black Dutch, German, Irish, and recently was found a possible Mohawk link. And I swear that sometimes all of those bits and pieces get stirred up and they get to fussing and fighting with each other and then they calm down. For the most part, they all seem to co-exist together pretty well, but man, it can get noisey inside at times when they all get to talking at the same time and sometimes I don't know whether I should grab the hatchet, the blowgun, a pint of ale, a mug of beer, or to spit.... lol lol



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Hello and Welcome
8 years ago
Rain !

I typically call myself a mixed up mixed blood, so I guess that is what I am. Cherokee, Cayuga and Slavic.

There have been no Christians in my family that I am aware of, which makes it very hard to trace lineage. No records - family bibles were typically utilized to keep those types of recrds during a particular time in this nation. I can't imagine that when they institued the social security records etc... that they would have accepted a 'belt' as a family record, so to the best of my knowledge no one in my family had a Social security number and/or 'record' until my Dad joined the army.
8 years ago
Hi Rain, I taught and did lec./demos., actually just about anything to do with the Native world..for over 27 years. The people who used to tell me that they had nothing to teach...were the very ones who ended up teaching Me... How ?...They MADE me think....Don't ever cut yourself short...you know more than you are giving yourself credit for..(Most people do )...Don't ever be afraid to ask a question..I'll tell you what I used to tell my students..( pre-school to seniors)..."The ONLY dumb question is....the one you won't ask, because you will never know the answer"..WOW, I might make it to wise elder yet...Oh, Knock it off Tasha ..I know what you are thinking..At least I'll make it to the elder part....
Anonymous
Hello
8 years ago
Hello, I'm Anita. I doubt if anyone can learn much from me also. I have mixed up heritages. My father is Choctaw, my mother Chickasaw and Cheyenne. So I'm not sure what that makes me lol. Although both of my parents are proud Native Americans, I was raised as Christian. I will go by the name my grandfather gave to me who was full blooded Choctaw. He called me Winter Rain Storm. So Rain will work for here. It is nice to be a part of the group.
8 years ago
Oh dear...The Mother Ship is here...I really must go check in...I really must...I'll say Hi to them for you Tasha....Just keep pretending to be , what is that word they use..Who-Man..Thats it....
8 years ago
Yup, Bobsam, I think it's all your fault!

Tasha
8 years ago
THAT was a good comment, Maryellen.....Hey Tasha , she's starting to talk like us.......
8 years ago

Gotcha!  So-bam-b, Bomb-sa, Som-bab, or Bos-bam are all possible.  When said to Twinkies - with the correct emphais, they could pass as Native American names.  (Tongue in cheek) 

Maryellen

8 years ago
Well we can always run a poll ...and see who votes for Bob...or who votes for Sam.....I hereby cast the first vote for...SAM (only because you want to vote for Bob...) So Far, it's one vote SAM...NO votes Bob,...
8 years ago
Awwww. My daughter calls my mom "Ama" because when she was little and couldn't  say Grandma.

Sam is soooo cute. I am still partial to Bob.

Tasha
8 years ago
Awwww, Gee, I am just at a loss for words....( Right,  like thats ever really going to happen ).....You know what my real nickname is.? My grandaughter couldn't say GRANma. ...so it came out as SAM....sooooooo....I am a Sam , not a Bob...NANANANA.....What are you doing up at 6:00 in the morning for anyway ? You'er up half the night with me....SAM.
8 years ago
Well, Bob, you never came out here to introduce yourself! We only do official welcomes to those who come here and say, "HI." But here you go,  just for you, Bob:



Feeling better now? Do you feel like an official MocTeller?

Tasha


8 years ago
Hey Tasha, Do you know I never got an "Offical Welcome "..? Well , I see how it is...Now the truth comes out...Just for that I am going to take my toys and go home.....Bob
8 years ago
Glad you found us, Melissa.

Tasha

Anonymous
A warm hello
8 years ago

I just joined your group. I wanted to introduce myself and say that there is no greater respect that I have than for the Native American people. Im French, Native American, German and Irish but as far as what tribe in which it would be I do not know. My family never cared to pass certain things down to the rest of us. Im thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group and I look forward to learning as much as I possibly can here. Thank you for having me.

Melissa
8 years ago
  Virginia!

Tasha

8 years ago

Thank you for the warm welcome Tasha and Maria!

I hail from Northern B.C. Canada.  My ancestors are Gitxsan an Wet'suwet'en, as well as Swede, Irish, Japanese and Hindu.

Trained as a spirit dancer and healer, as well as yoga instructor.  A variety of professions, including economic development officer, researcher, financial accountant.

My current passion is "Saving Skeena Wild Salmon".  There is a website devoted to the cause.  I have worked for a fisheries conservation program for the past 12 years.  It is an honorable and spiritually uplifting job.

I look forward to meeting more people on the "Moccasin Telegraph".

Peace and Love, Virginia.

8 years ago
Hey Jon, Btw, an official . I have been missing things all over as I never saw your intro!  

We're glad you are here though!

Tasha

8 years ago
 Very cool picture, Jon. Mine always turn out 1 inch by 1 inch and blurry. Care2Photos does not like me.
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8 years ago
THESE GUYS SAVED MY BUTT EAST SOOKE VICTORIA ISLANDThanks guys
8 years ago

 Welcome to the group! Amelia, registering yourself and your kids won't deprive anyone. You have to be genuinely in need- they don't just pass out money because you registered. I've been a registered Choctaw my entire life and the only "benefit" I get is an annual Christmas card from my Chief. (which is cool , I grant you, but hardly a financial perk) More importantly, being registered allows me to vote in tribal elections, which is a big deal to me.

 Also, your tribe may receive money from the government because you "enrolled".

8 years ago
We welcome you no matter how many times you say "good to meet you!" We hope you enjoy your time here.

Tasha
8 years ago
OOPS sorry I said I can't wait to get to know everyone twice lol. I didn't pay attention
8 years ago

Hello everyone my name is Amelia, I am a mom of four 1 girl age 4, a 2 year old Autistic child and twins boys that are 4 months old. My mother is Native American and my father is Spanish and finnish. The tribes my moms family are from are apache, cherokee, chickasaw and choctaw. I didn't grow up with any traditions though my moms family is very secretive so talking about it to them is a no no.

 My great grandfather was registered with the Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma and we were told we could register as well but I don't want to take the benefits from someone who really needs them.

I can't wait to get to know everyone. Have a goodnight.

Amelia

 I can't wait to get to know everyone and have a goodnight.

8 years ago


So glad to see you Melody!

Tasha

8 years ago
the group, Melody! We hope you enjoy it here.
Anonymous
8 years ago

Hello

Thank you for the invite!!

Before my main intro I need to be clear so nobody feels hurt at a later point. I have (depending on the day) small to severe memory problems - especially names. I also have a mood disorder. This has never caused harm to anyone on C2 as I put my every last ounce of strength in to harnessing my emotions so as to better make my points. IF I seem "off" or moody and it is making ANYONE uncomfortable, please, please feel free to bring it up to me. Sometimes I just don't realize my mood has shifted and so I've yet to compensate for it. I'm always open to people bringing these sorts of things to my attention and I thank everyone in advance for even reading my posts.

Now, for that intro. My profile is fairly good at capturing my babbling nature. I know VERY little about any of the Native American customs. I do know that my dad's mom was (I'm pretty sure the term she used is NOT the one I should use) 1/2 Sioux. My Uncle worked for most of my childhood trying to trace back the family but so many had passed on that he eventually had to just let it go. He goes to many celebrations, dresses in the appropriate clothing for the occasion, and is fully in love with the culture. My dad HATES it. He is racist even against his own roots. Therefore I grew up with only the faintest whispers of my family tree.

I think I jump to the defense of the Native American a lot faster than most people I know. This is not, oddly enough, due to my roots. It is due to what they taught us in History class. The details, dates, states, etc escape me these days due to my memory but I remember my professor in college arranged it so I sat closest to the door. This allowed me to leave whenever Nazi Germany or the treatment of Native Americans was brought up since I'd burst into uncontrollable tears. My C+ was hard won in that class since I missed so much of the lectures!

I think at first I'll be a rather quiet member. It usually takes me quite a while to jump in, and since I know practically nothing on the subject I want to ck out the existing threads.

Thank you again for the invite. I really look forward to reading and learning and babbling.

8 years ago
Welcome to the group, Sara!
8 years ago


Tasha
Here to learn
8 years ago

I believe one of the the most important things we can do for others is learn about THEIR beliefs so that we can honor and respect them, maybe even assimilate them into our own way of thinking if they fit our own experience.

I appreciate the opportunity to learn here.

Sara

8 years ago

 One paragraph doesn't even begin to count as babbling! I generally go at least three on a post even if all I actually needed to say was, "Yes." 

   Welcome to the group!

8 years ago
Hey, we all babble a bit from time to time! No worries.



Tasha
hi
8 years ago

Hello everyone.   Ive always been interested native americans and their cultures.  I dont know anything about my own family geneology, or heritage.  My wife is part Cherokee.  We were checking into the Cherokee heritage and such before our divorce.  It was really interesting, and I wished that some of that was my heritage too. 

Sorry babbling here a little.  I hope to learn more about native americans here. 

Thanks.

8 years ago
 Belated welcome from me, too!
8 years ago


I had to welcome you twice since Maria's out of town!  Feel free to hop on into any discussions or ask a question or two.  We never mind those. 

Tasha


New Member Introduction
8 years ago

Hello to everyone here. 

Thank you for the invite Tami!

Since I was a young girl, I have always had a great respect for Native Americans and continue to learn many things to apply in my life from them.  The world would be a better place if more people would follow the traditional red road.

I am Italian, Polish, English, Irish, German and Mongolian. 

8 years ago
 We're glad you're here, Sherry! Welcome!
8 years ago
  May you meet many new friends here.

Tasha
Thanks for the invite, Tasha
8 years ago

I doubt anyone will learn much from me, but I hope to learn a lot here. I'm of Cherokee/Blackfoot descent, as is my husband.Neither of us can "prove it" though.My sister tried to research it, to find out for sure,but there are so many holes in our geneology, it's hard to say what happened when.The conclusion my sister came to is that someone escaped, during the Trail of Tears, and made their way to rural Kentucky,passing as white.They then went on to become one of our ancestors. This was never spoken of when we were little,as no one wanted to admit to it.

My sister has gone further to learn about cultural history,and such. She spent so much time at the powwows, and getting to know the elders there, that she was "adopted" in by the ones she spent so much time with.I haven't had that much luck.I've moved around the country quite a bit, and have never been able to get close to anyone I could learn from.

I've always had a firm belief though, that this continent would be a darn sight better off, if only the NAs had won out over the Europeans.

sweatlodge
9 years ago

my leader for the sweat is canadian.he is a pipe carrier and has for over 20 years lived,studied and learned amongst varies north american indian tribes primarily the cree and blackfoot.he became the first non-native sundance leader.he also knew archie who was a native american chief who done lodges in germany but unfortunately he died and his son took over.maybe you can tell me a bit more about the sweat as we start collecting the rocks,building the lodge,sing prayers,smoke pipe,smudge,say prayers and thank the grandfather

susanne

9 years ago

 Welcome to the group, Susanne! I'm sorry, I don't speak any Cree myself so I can't translate those words for you. You should ask the people who run the lodge- they may know. Are the people who run the lodge Cree themselves? I should warn you, many native nations don't believe sweats are healthy for women, so you may be attending a lodge run by a non-native. They may not know what the words mean either!

 We're glad you joined us.

9 years ago
Welcome Susanne.

We are glad you came to our group. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Tasha
introduction
9 years ago

many thanks for the invite.i am so clad that i found a site were i can meet and learn more about the culture and language.many many thanks,now about me.i am german living in the united kingdom.have 3 children 1 girl and 2 boys,2 horses,2 dogs and a cat.i try to rescue animals but have limited space.one of my horses i saved from slaughter and he was badly beaten and he attacked me so i done some work with him,it took about 1 hour and now he follows me everywhere.i am going to adopt a wolf that was rescued her name is luna.i feel close to animals more than humans as they appreciate everything you do for them and it makes me angry when i see the torture some animals go through.it hurts me if they hurt them but i cant help on my own.i do go to demonstrations to stop cruelty to animals.

i always wanted to find out more about the native americans but didnt know how until my brother who does the sundance in canada and vision quest told me to look for a sweatlodge.what i didand i am now going once a month to the sweat.it started to heal me as i have a few problems that needed to be sorted.as i am a true believer i know the sweat will help me.learning the sons/prayers for the sweat i believe they are in the cree language.question:could somebody tell me what wajankije and tschekijajo means?

thats all about myself

susanne

9 years ago
Welcome to the group, Norma! We're pleased to have you here.
9 years ago


Glad you are here,

Tasha
9 years ago

BOOZHOO to the group,

   I am Norma and I am Anishinabe and live in Minnesota. a great big warm welcome and Hello to all! Norma

9 years ago
We're glad you joined us Judith.  Welcome and hop on into any discussions we are having.

Tasha
9 years ago
Judith! We're glad you decided to join the group!
Hello!
9 years ago

Before I post in Art Hello everyone! My mother was of mixed Tribes so would not really know what I would call myself

I like your Group here, I found it when I was looking to see if there were any nDn Film Movie sites and it had a post for here

9 years ago
Thank you Tasha
9 years ago
We're glad you decided to say "hi" and pleased to have you with us.

Tasha
9 years ago
Thought I better stop by here and say Hi since I've been lurking about a week now.

I'm Shirley. I wish I knew all about my heritage and my Daddy never talks much about it. I think it's because of when he grew up. I do know I'm 1/16 Cheyenne, my great-Grandfather being German and my great-Grandmother being Cheyenne.
I feel more like half though.
9 years ago
Glad to see you! I hope you like it here.

Tasha
9 years ago
Hi, thank you Joye for the invitation, I mentioned that I belong to a few NA groups but feel too embarassed to post because of my ignorance, lol.  I am British, still living in the UK but hopefully will soon join Richard in PA permanantly
9 years ago
You cannot send Maryellen a green star as you have already done so in the last week. What nonsense!

Tasha
9 years ago
YAY Maryellen. It's nice to see you here. Hope you enjoy it here, as much as I enjoy Davey Jone's Journal.

Tasha
9 years ago
Welcome, Maryellen! We don't care what your background is, we're glad you're here! If you don't feel like you're learning fast enough, feel free to ask questions!
9 years ago
Hi, my name is Maryellen and I am not a Native American.  I am from a mix of Western European ancestors. Tasha mentioned the group and I am interested in learning about Native Americans.  (The real ones - not what I learned in history books.) I don't know if I'll be able to contribute much to the group, but I will probably learn a great deal. 
Anonymous
THANKS!
9 years ago
I did read that, even sometimes they fell in love.  Just wanted to say hi to everyone new and thanks for your support!
Anonymous
9 years ago
i was told today by a person that it did not matter if you are of native blood or not,it is what is in your heart.if you feel connected,you are.plus it is way of life.during the 1800'2.alot of white woman were kidnapped by indians,having living with them for awhile,the refused to return to their own people.welcome all new members.thanks for making me feel welcome.
Anonymous
Thanks!
9 years ago
I definately support a lot and feel devoted to causes. I love and respect nature, and I love the culture and spirituality regardless of my own religion/beliefs. I definately am pretty dark when I live in hot areas like Palm Springs. It is filled with Casinos owned by Indians, and beautiful Canyons/Reservations that they own! Thanks!
9 years ago

 Catwoman, we don't care if you have ANY Indian blood! There are lots of not-at-all-Indians here, ad we like 'em all. Actually, I'd have to find my BIA card (and don't you start, Tasha!) to see the exact amount, but I think I'm the same as you! Doesn't seem like a lot, and yet the Choctaw nation is thrilled to acknowledge my son, who has hardly any at all, since I didn't marry a Choctaw. It's the whole "one drop of indian blood makes you indian" theory in action.

 Anyway, participation and interest is waaaaay more important than anything else, and we're glad you're here.

9 years ago

I have been with the group for a while Catwoman and have helped with the AI community for years. Welcome andGlad you joined the group!

Teresa

9 years ago
We're glad to have you, Catwoman.  What we care about is your devotion to native causes and interest in the culture, not how much indian blood you have!  You are in the right group.  We only frown upon Twinkiedom.

We hope you like it here.

Tasha
Anonymous
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9 years ago

I'm not sure if I am even qualified to be even PART Indian.  I only have 1/32.  I probably shouldn't even be here. 

9 years ago
 Almost none of us is full-blood, anyway. I'm not. My father hasn't got a drop of Choctaw blood, and my mother's mother was from Scotland. But my sister goes to college on a Choctaw scholarship- the tribe doesn't care that we're only part blood. We vote in tribal elections and support tribal-owned businesses, that's all they care about.
9 years ago
It takes time to build up trust among elders.  There is no substitute for time and community actions.  However, if they are simply dismissing you because you are not a full-blood then keep searching because there are elders out there who care less about full-bloodedness than what you know about your culture, what you are willing to do for your community and how you act.  My elders have always said with a grimace, "What? Mixed blood? What does THAT mean, your elbow is indian but your toe is not??" 

Keep looking and realize people will think more of you when they see you are serious about being indian. Not just like some twinkie who is there only for the latest powwow and not for actual cultural work and understanding.

Tasha

Anonymous
9 years ago
thanks everyone.i really feel good being here.i was born in ohio,but moved here to flordia.it is hard finding infro,because once they find you are not full blooded,they ingore your request.so any and all infro would be deeply appricated.
9 years ago
Yes, I agree Marlene. . .they are just rude idiots and pay them no mind.  We do not tolerate such behavior here in this group.  I will see what info I can dig up about Blackfoot.  I do know there were some Blackfoots who came out this way (Ohio, Michigan area) and I know a bit about them.  I am Seneca though, so I do not claim Blackfoot tradition.

I hope you like it here,
Tasha
9 years ago

 Welcome, Marlene! This is a judgment-free group with absolutely no religious affiliations whatsoever, and I hope you feel comfortable here. I also hope we can help with your research, so just ask if you need any assistance!

Anonymous
9 years ago
hello.am new to the group.i am of blackfoot and lakota suiox.am married to a full blooded cherokee. am trying to trace my ancestery,but hard time trying to find any infro on the blackfoot tribe.am so glad you started this group,as i find alot of people not wanting to accept me as such,and being pagan does not help.but they are shallow people who are rude as they have no understanding of us.
9 years ago

 Why didn't my wave work?? Grrrrrr. Must've spelt it wrong.

 Try this again....

9 years ago
Welcome, Barbara! *wave*
9 years ago
Glad you are here Barbara.  We have a small quote thread here, feel free to add quotes to it.

Tasha
9 years ago

Thank you for the invitation, Tasha.

I am mixed European, but lived for 10 years with a partner who was part-European and part-Cherokee {I believe}; he is now deceased but we had a beautiful daughter who is a very successful businesswoman and store manager! {Daughter of two anti-capitalist Radicals!}

I am very interested in Native American rights and Heritage. Also in preserving tribal identities and languages. I completely understand about ceremonies and names that are not to be shared. Tourists, anthropologists, and spiritual parasites have no special privileges because of race, wealth, or position. I try to do my very small part to draw attention to and correct the injustices of the past.

By the way, I have a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington; but am embarassed at some of what has been done in the name of "Anthropology" and "Collecting" to violate Native Heritage. {Not to implicate ALL anthropologists.}

I live on Duwamish land, Chief Sealth's territory; Seattle, Washington. {His famous speech relating to the Environment is often quoted, and often mis-quoted.}

9 years ago
Oooooh, chocolates....
9 years ago
Thanks!

Tasha
Anonymous
9 years ago
9 years ago

 Sandy, Best of luck! If we can help in any way let us know.

  Maria

9 years ago
Glad to have you here, Sandy.  Good luck on your search.  I wish I had helpful info in the search arena, but I have never had to search for my ancestry.  Perhaps there will be someone else here who can help you with that.

Tasha 
9 years ago
Oops!  (Sorry) I forgot to say anything about my background.  I was born in OK City and lived in OK for most of my first 9-10 years.  Then I ended up in Arkansas - long story.  My NA ancestry comes from my mother's side.  I don't know a lot because my dad died right after I turned 9 and we were taken from my mother and put into foster homes.  My mother did have a lot of NA - I can see it in the few pics I have.  I thought it was from the Cherokee tribe, but have since found that my first name (Odean) means "rain" in Muscogee-Creek; so it's a whole new ballgame.  I've been trying to find these things out for years, with very little luck - not knowing any of my mother's family.  My next step is to get her birth certificate and go from there through her mother... Thanks for letting me into your group.
9 years ago
Tasha, thank you so much for the invitation to this group.  It's nice to know that I won't be rejected here.  
Ooh! A language lesson!
9 years ago

 One way to say Thank You in Choctaw is Yakoke. Although other words for thankfulness are the same as those for welcoming, ie aoikpachi (welcome to something) or aoikpanchi (just "welcome"), the "thank you" I generally use is Yakoke. (because it's the shortest!)

 Choctaw is unnecessarily complicated.

Anonymous
Thanks in Choctaw ?
9 years ago

Maria,

Aoikpachi = Welcome

Thank You = ?????

Since I dunno, Merci, Gracias, Arrigato, and Danke

Keith

Keith
9 years ago
 Just in case you are Choctaw, I'll say welcome in our language: Aoikpachi Moccasin Telegraph! 
9 years ago
Very nicely said Keith.  We are glad you are here.  I think it is important to remember that there are African american native peoples as well.  Some people ignore that but it is just foolish, in my eyes.  I know my grand-uncle married an african american woman and so I must have relatives but I do not know where they are or who they are, but I remember them.  As many indian families do, they remember their relatives because someday those relatives might come back inot the clan and nation.

Tasha
Anonymous
Intro
9 years ago

Hello Group,

Thanks for the invite Tasha.  I see I have many friends here and this pleases me.

I am Black, Native American, and Irish on my Father's side and Austrian on my Mom's.  Nations unknown on both the Black and N.A. sides of my Dad's family but my Pops was from Mississippi so I am told probably Choctaw, Cherokee, or possibly even Seminole.

Not about claiming N.A. to me, I am more concerned with justice.  I look forward to learning here.  In my opinion, the gravest injustice to most "minority" groups is the distortion of history.  If truth is allowed to come forth, wrongs can be corrected and then healing can begin.

Keith

9 years ago
  Andrea!
9 years ago
Glad to have you here.

Tasha
 
9 years ago
Here I am!!  Thank you for the invite, Tasha!! 
  I don't know much about my Native American roots, but my dad says his grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee.  I know my mother has some native roots on her side as well, but I don't know which tribes.  My 2nd cousin did some research and he has some various tribes and has it all written down.  I had looked at a copy of what he had awhile back but don't remember.  Seems some was Choctaw, but I can't remember for sure.  Anyway, glad to be here!!   
9 years ago
Laurie and Sharleen! We're so glad you've joined us.
9 years ago
  We are glad you made it here.  No problems, sometimes it is hard to remember to introduce youself.

Tasha
9 years ago

My name is Sharleen and I was so rude introducing a topic before I introduced myself.  Ah well, I'm old and forgetful sometimes!  CRS most days!!

I am happy to be here and look forward to all that happens.

Grandmother was a Mandan-currently only 60 tribal members left. They are now a sub-tribe under the Sioux Nation. She was taken from her mother and adopted to a x-tian family and sent West. It was never discussed in the family about our Native blood, it shames my Father to this day and he will not discuss it!  I am doing what I can to find any connections to the tribal ways and customs of my Grandmother.  People always have thought me odd, but now, at the sunset of life, I am free to pursue this.

Thank you for letting me be here and for putting up with my ramblings!

9 years ago
  Laurie, I am pleased you joined our circle.  I know your view point will be invaluable to us.  You too know of our struggles, as the Wiccan faith is vastly misunderstood too. 

Tasha  
Anonymous
Thank you for the invitation
9 years ago

Hello all,

My name is Lauire, my friends call me Crow.  I am a hereditary Witch through my mother's bloodline.  I hold my ancestors sacred and honor their gifts to me.  I have seen out faith dismantled and reconstructed to fit the main stream, just as  yours has been through the new age movement.  I stand beside you as you fight to regain your rights to your heritage.  Every child has a right to their own heritage, language and faith.  I wish you great success in this attempt to communicate to all your nations.  It is a very hard and worthy battle, to regain sovereinty when a people have been destroyed as your peoples have.  I am honored to join this group.

9 years ago


Tasha
hmph
9 years ago
 Hey, some people collect string. I'm relatively normal. Plus it drives me nuts when people say things which have great meaning to THEM and the rest of us are thinking, "Was that goodbye? Or did he just call me a frog?"
9 years ago
Hey RJ, you'd better add  Dohiyi, Nvwadohiyada to our thread, Native Language Preservation.  Maria is collecting phrases from native languages there, as a mini-dictionary. 

See, you think you come in here for a little chat, and we put you to work RJ! Muuuhuaaaaaaaaa! *evil laugh*

Tasha
Anonymous
Thank you for the kind welcomes.
9 years ago
Osiyo - Thank you Maria & Tasha for your kind welcomes and words of forgiveness, I greatly appreciate both. It is good to be here among such warm and good hearts. Yes, Tasha, I know both my Cherokee & Tuscarora/Mohawk relations very well. Technically, not genetically, I am Cherokee, not Tuscarora, though, as my mother was born of the aywaya clan (wolf) of the Cherokee. My grandmother was half Tuscarora and half Cherokee, but was also born as a Cherokee, so I am also Cherokee as the lineage is matriarchal, although I honor all the blood relations I carry within my genes. Again, it is very nice to be here among such warm and gracious hearts. Wado. Dohiyi, Nvwadohiyada. RJ
9 years ago

RJ and Renee! I'm so glad you've joined us!

 RJ, no apology is necessary. We knew from your postings that you were going to be a great addition to the group and we're very pleased to have you here.

 Renee, I do beading as well! I use a loom, while my sister does round-design work. I've always been terrible at that. Do you prefer looming or round-work?

9 years ago
Thank you for your introductions, RJ and Renee.  We are pleased to have you here and will be happy to hear your voices and ideas about things.  

RJ, I thank you for your apology.  You are right, introductions do come first butI understand how it is to be eager and rush to post something and then realize you have not introduced yourself.  No offense was taken.  Btw, you are Tuscarara too? Do you know anything about your Cherokee and Tuscarara nations?

Renee, I am sorry that I cannot help you in learning Lakota, since I only know a handful of phrases and words.  I am not Lakota is not my nation, so I can hopefully be excused!   I am sure you will find many a Lakota here who can help youin your quest.

Glad to have you both,
Tasha
Anonymous
9 years ago
Hi Im Renee and am half Oglala Lakota from SoDak. I live in Nebraska and some of my relatives here. I dont get to visit SoDak much. I came to Care2 after signing a petition and glad to see all the groups here. I have lived in 9 states in the midwest. I have one cat and want to get a rabbit and a dog. I am interested in Native beading and learning the Lakota language. thanks and peace~renee
Anonymous
Hi just me and thanks for the invite
9 years ago
Skawedaw, Osiyo, hello everyone - Hi Tasha & Maria,... my apologies to you both for coming into this lodge and posting without first introducing myself,... I know very well it is very disrespectful to speak in council without first being introduced and being asked. I hope you will forgive me this oversight. I honestly thought I had introduced myself here as I have recently joined a few other nDn groups here at care2 and I just forgot to do so here. Anyway, thank you both for allowing me to join here. Anyway, I see some friends I know here, and many I do not. Good to see you all. For those who do not know of me, I am RJ, also known as Sacred Owlwolf. I am mixed (half) blood (Cherokee/Tuscarora & N.Cheyenne/Blackfeet) Native American Indian and Irish American. My mother was born Cherokee, of a Cherokee/Tuscarora mother & Cheyenne/Blackfeet father, so technically I am also Cherokee. But my mother remarried a Chiricahua/Mescalero Apache man when I was a small child, who then become my new father and who adopted my sisters and I as his own. We grew up with him and his Apache family as Apache's, but it was important to my mother that we know and honor all our native roots, so we knew and learned from all our blood relations of all tribes. I have always lived as an Indian and that is my chosen path. I have also always been active in indigenous peoples rights and issues all my life. I was also member of the Native American Church for many years, but I am no longer a member today. Today I live in New mexico nearby to my Apache family, but do not live not on the Rez, although I could if I wished, but I have my own ranch just outside the Rez. I am still close to all my blood relations, except currently I am not in good standing with my Blackfeet relations over my protesting their council's decision to allow commercial hunting license tags to be sold for wolf hunting on the Rez. As I am of the wolf clan. and it is my namesake, I have always been an avid defender of wolves and worked for wolf reintroduction projects. Although, I respect the Blackfeet's traditional hunting of wolves I simply felt It was wrong to sell licenses to outside hunters to hunt wolves simply to generate money, that was not part of the traditional ways. I know I was out of line causing protests on the Blackfeet Rez on this issue, especially as I am not registered as a Blackfeet, but I had to do what my heart told me was right, even if that meant making some upset with me and banning me from the Rez. Although the policy has now been changed again, they are still mad at me, and do not speak to me. Oh well, so be it. I can only do what my heart and creator direct me to do and accept the consequences whatever they are. Anyway, sorry, I didn't mean to get into that, except it sort of illustrates a little bit about me, my nature and character. I always show respect as that is how I was taught, but when it comes to issues I believe in, I am also willing to put my heart on the line where it matters. Hondah and wado. Peace and many blessings to all. RJ
10 years ago
Linda. Glad you are here.
10 years ago
 Welcome Linda! I'm so glad you're here!
10 years ago
Glad you are here. It must be nice --- going home! Have a great trip! 
10 years ago

greetings group...

i'm lakota.  my family is spread out over the pine ridge.  it's all good though.  i live in so. cal. but i've been going home about every 6- 8 weeks.

i'll just end here... as i can go on about myself and i don't want to look like a narcissistic NDN

                              

10 years ago
Maria, I actually have heard of Antlers before I saw your postings here. My hometown is due east just over the border in Arkansas. A little town called Grannis. I remember as a kid that some Choctaws from Smithville, Ok would come to Grannis to work at the chicken plant and there was another plant in Broken Bow, OK. This was in the 60's through early 70's. At that time it was called Lane Poultry. My family worked there at different places and so did I when I was old enough. Today that chicken plant is owned by Tyson. My parents still live in Grannis. So nice to meet you neighbor... cousin... fellow choctaw sister.
10 years ago

 Rhonda, my Choctaw family is based in Antlers, OK. I bet if we look hard enough, we're some kind of related.

  Welcome to the group, I hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

10 years ago
Glad you're here. I hope you enjoy yourself. 

Tasha
Hi Everyone
10 years ago

I have Cherokee and Choctaw roots along with several different European nations. That all combines and equals me  I grew up in Arkansas close to Oklahoma Choctaw country. I have been looking at my genealogy when I have time. I am learning and following Lakota ways. I currently live in Nashville, Tennessee.

What I know of my Choctaw roots is that my great grandmother attempted to claim her Choctaw rights around the 1900's. The only proof she had was an elder woman that died on the trip with my great grandmother. My great grandmother was from Mississippi, but later resided in Arkansas. This is my mother's grandmother.

My grandfather (again on my mother's side) was 1/8 Cherokee. I can't tell you which part of him was Cherokee other than his coloring with his dark hair, eyes, and skin. The Cherokee blood line came in through a great great great great grandmother that was born in Tennessee around 1820's. In the 1840's she was married in Arkansas.

That is probably more than you wanted to know... lol lol.

Love and Blessings,

Rhonda

 

10 years ago
George!
10 years ago
It's good to meet you George!  PLease enjoy yourself here,
Tasha
10 years ago
hi  my soul cries out to learn of my roots my grandparants left this country in late 1800 and did not return till after ww1 grandfather said was tired of having life taken from him
10 years ago
  Amy!
10 years ago
Glad to have you here Amy!  Tracing your roots can be a challenging job, especially since many people deliberately hid out and refused to be enrolled.  Some simply pretended to be white in order to keep their family, land and roots in tack.  Good luck in your genealogical hunt.  You need not "prove" your indian roots here.  We will accept you no matter what. 

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.  If you stumble upon a "sacred" topic that Maria and I feel is un-postable, we will talk to you in private about the matter and explain why it is sacred and should not be discussed here. Do not worry, we will not be mad at you for asking a question!

Hope you enjoy our little group,
Tasha
Hello!
10 years ago
*thank* Tasha for the invite.  I'm so sorry I haven't signed in sooner.  The week has been crazy busy.  Glad to see that I'm not the only one here with definite native american roots.  Here's the thing.  I don't know, for sure.  I think, somewhere in the lines.  I've been told that anyway by certain family members, but I'm really not sure if they were right, or how accurate or anything.  I'm just interested in learning more about it, and making tracing my roots, if there are any to be found.
10 years ago

to Anna and Kerrin!

 Falcon, a non-resident simply means your relative was not living within the Choctaw territories when the roll was made. It's possible that your relation who was by blood Choctaw had moved to another nation's lands to marry, or whatever, and therefore is technically Choctaw but by heart Cherokee. It happens all the time, several members of my family were adopted into the tribe after they married Choctaws. By blood they're Scottish, but they chose to raise their children Choctaw, which is more important than blood, really.

 Of course, if you decide to come over to the Choctaw side, we'll be waiting!

10 years ago
It's nice to meet you Anna and Kerrin.  Neither of you should be concerned about not having native blood -- an interest is enough for us! Kerrin seems to have a foot in the door about understanding native (Cherokee) ways, but just to let you know questions are always welcome.

If you happen upon a spiritual discussion, Maria and I will speak to you privately about the question.  We both believe that many spiritual things are better left to your lodge -- an impossible thing for you Anna, since you don't have one. but do not worry we will answer.  

Thanks for coming and joining us!

Tasha
Hello
10 years ago

Im sorry, Maria, I have forgotten to introduce myself.

Ok, here I go. My name is Kerrin, Im no Native American, Im a Northern Frisian. Belonging to a national minority in Germany.

But Im walking with the Cherokee since some years now. Im a member of a small independent Cherokee family, which means we don`t belong to Eastern or Western band. Well, some are Eastern and some are Western Cherokee, also Texas Cherokees, but decided to walk in unity. Our family members are related in reality, well, Im a kind of foundling . And I do love my family. They call me TsigeyuaNasgiAgeyvYvwi.

Thats it.

Hugs to all

Kerrin

Hi
10 years ago

I stormed here with a question without introducing myself first, sorry about that. Thank you Falcon and Tasha for the information and welcome! First of all, I'm not a Native American at all. So if you want your group to be for people with NA roots only, I can perfectly understand that and I'll leave. Just say so. I am interested in indigenous languages around the world and efforts taken to preserve them. Language is an important element of every culture and when it dies, the living loose a part of their identity and heritage. A language was often the only mean of resistance to oppressors for many nations... I can't really explain my fascination with languages (especially in English, he he) so making a long story short I'll only say that on my quest to learn about endangered NA languages I got interested in today's reality of NA people in North America. There, it was brief, wasn't it?
Thank You
10 years ago
that is what I figured also... my Aunt was VERY traditional about certain things... I think that was why even though she was Cayuga stressed my Cherokee heritage since it comes from my Mothers side. I am still wondering though if there may be some Choctaw in my ancestory, but I can not figure out what is meant by the 'non resident' comment on the Dawes role and can not find any information on the 'remarks' anywhere so I guess I may never know

My Cayuga heritage comes from my Fathers side but for some reason it draws me and is what I 'fall back' on when in doubt....

I was trying to do a family tree for my children to give them the roots they need in this chaotic world... I went around in circles for a few years with it then just kinda gave up .
10 years ago
Cherokees along with most all eastern nations are matrilineal.  So I am Seneca beacuse my mother is Seneca and her mother before her was.  The exceptions are those who are adopted in. So if your grandmother was Cherokee than you, too, would be considered Cherokee.

Tasha
Oh I always forget the
10 years ago
great .... this would be my great grandmother and grandfather I quite often forget to put the great in there or do not put enough greats before them   They are all grand mothers and grand fathers to me


Thank you both for the warm welcome !!!!!
Most Nations
10 years ago
do not have a word for Falcon....

I was told in Lakota it translates as swift death from above ..... In Cherokee I am told it translates as Swift Hawk.  In Cayuga I am told it meant Little  peacekeeper or watcher of the peace.

As to my Choctow lineage I am not sure.... all the family members that would know are gone.... but they all insisted I was Cherokee. I did not find my grandmother on the rolls just my grandfather... I contacted the Choctow nation to see if anyone there could explain to me what exactly a Non Resident Choctow implies?  Could he have been mixed blood Choctow/Cherokee and I am considered Cherokee because my grandmother (his wife) was Cherokee?
Aiokpachi Moccasin Telegraph!
10 years ago

 (Welcome to Moccasin Telegraph!)

 Falcon, I'm delighted to meet another Choctaw! We're not one of the larger, or better known nations. But we're one of the better funded! There are definitely benefits there.

 I'm so disappointed though, I looked for your name in my Choctaw dictionary and I couldn't find a word for falcon! I found half a dozen different words for "hawk", (close, but maybe not close enough?) and one for "carnivorous bird". Okchala chito!

10 years ago
Thanks for joining us Falcon, we hope you enjoy yourself here! 
Wado
10 years ago
Tasha for the invitation I am looking forward to chatting with everyone.

There are no strangers only friends we have not yet met.... (Seen on a bumper sticker at a Pow wow long time ago )
O siyo
10 years ago
I am a mixed up mixed blood I was taught, mostly Cayuga tradition growing up, and some Cherokee. I was told I was Cherokee and Cayuga.... but not to long ago I decided after my Aunts passing ( my families faith keeper) that I needed to trace our roots and fill in a few blanks.... I found my grandfather on the Dawes roll not listed as Cherokee but listed as a non resident Choctaw... So I really have no idea... I am not full blood on the other side of my family I have Pa Dutch, Siberian, Slavic and maybe some scotch irish. 
10 years ago

HonDah!/ Thanks everybody.

10 years ago

 Welcome, Carla! I'm glad you found us- I hope you'll join in and have fun here.

10 years ago
Carla, glad you decided to join us!

Tasha
10 years ago

Osiyo Carla!

Good to see you here.

Wolf Lady

10 years ago

Just came by to say hello to everybody. I'm Chiricahua Apache/Huichol native .My native name is Spotted CoyoteWoman/

Itzog'ie Isdza'n . Look forward in talking to everybody . HonDah

                    Carla

10 years ago
Glad to see you here Wolf Lady. 
10 years ago
Welcome to the group, Wolf Lady!
10 years ago

Osiyo everyone!

Most people call me Wolf Lady or Waya Ageyv.

I am Tsalagi & part Unegv (Cherokee & part white)...lol..

Glad to be here with you all.

Donadagohvi,

Wolf Lady  

10 years ago

 Clyde, you were born in the heart of the Choctaw nation, not far from my familial homestead in Antlers! I bet if we looked hard enough we could prove we're related somehow- I think I'm related to half of Oklahoma.

 If you're a "registered" Choctaw they'll send you the paper for the asking, or you can get it online (uses Acrobat) at www.choctawnation.com.  It's under "news", the Bishinik. It always reminds me of a small town newspaper. Birth announcements, wedding announcements, obituaries with familiar last names... And of course the BIG news: we opened a brand new medical clinic, very posh, and a huge new casino in Grant, OK.  I have to say there are advantages to being a member of a nation that's very well off financially! College scholarships, mortgages, care packages to our soldiers... It's a very warm community. I hope you become part of it! We won't hold that Chippewa upbringing against you.

Hi Maria
10 years ago
No I don't and I have never heard about it.

My dad grew up in Oklahoma in a place called Poteau.  I have only been there once as an adult, and remember only being there once as a child. 

While I was born in Topeka, KS, I have lived up north in either WI or MN for most of my life, and in MN for most of the past 33 years.

I loved the 10 things that were listed.

Back in 1980, I was attending a small, Catholic college in MN and was asked by some of my classmates if I would meet some of their friends that had never met a "real Indian."  What a hoot!

Clyde
Welcome Clyde!
10 years ago

 Another Choctaw! Now I know 2 other Choctaws on Care2, and I'm only related to one of them!

 Clyde, do you receive our paper, the Bishinik? It just came in the mail today so finding you here tonight was serendipitous!

10 years ago
Hey Clyde,

I thought I sent you an invite, guess not.  I meant to anyways.  GLad you are here,

Tasha
Hi
10 years ago
I'm part Choctaw and part Chippewa but I grew up with the Chippewa traditions.

Glad to be here, I found the group totally by accident, so that was a nice surprise!

Thanks,

Clyde
10 years ago
 Hi, Steve and Lacy!
10 years ago
Hi, I'm Lacy.  As far as I know I have no Native American roots.  3 of my 4 grandparents came to the United States after WWII.  My other grandma is from Buffalo but I'm pretty sure her family is not Native American.  I'm here to learn.  Oh, and to bug Maria, but don't tell her. 
Howdy!
10 years ago

I'm Steve. I'm studying my genealogy and know that I have ancestors who were indian, but I don't know which tribe or any details because of family prejudices. Unfortunately, the one person in my family who knows about our roots refuses to speak about it at all. Beyond that, I'm a huge Beatles fan. I have a wife (Maria the co-host) and son who likes to pile toys on me while I'm napping. I think it's artistic. Also, I don't sleep as much as I want to. Those are the basics...

10 years ago
Niawen.  My name is Tasha. My family is of the Ohio Senecas.  I am a mommy to one (so far) and am looking forward to teaching my daughter her Seneca roots.  I hope everyone will find nothing but good words spoken here.

Tasha
Introductions
10 years ago

 Welcome, all! Please tell us a little about yourself. After all, it's no fun to be in a group with people you don't know!

  I'm Maria. I'm a member of the Choctaw Nation. I live in Colorado. I love to read and sail, and if my son would let me, I'd be on the computer pretty much all day. I have a great sense of humor and boundless modesty!