I was sold by "Butterfield" who was a Methodist preacher to another family. After both adopted parents passed away, I decided to find my roots. I went to the juvenile court in Oklahoma County and a Judge Carole Hubbard opened my adoption records and told me who my real parents were and what tribe I was from in Oklahoma. She said there was a law in Oklahoma that said I had a right to know... I then, went to the Deaconess Hospital where I was born and asked for my birth records since I had my birth mothers name. They gave me those records which told me the circumstances surrounding my birth. I also, contacted people who were involved with my placement, social workers, people in the adoption business at the Everlasting Light. They were very helpful. I was able to enroll in my choice of two Federally, Recognized Tribes since both of my parents were full-blood. Many pieces of the puzzle fell into place. I contacted NARA out of Fort Worth which is an archive for the Plains Indians and holds many documents about census records and where people were living and who lived with them and particular times in history. I contacted Senators to assist with acquiring documents that I was unable to get on my own... It was a long, drawn-out journey to unveil what the government tries to keep secret from adoptees. To know who your birth parents are should be a given right from birth! To know who your grandparents were, should be a given right to every child born. Adopted children are worthy to be treated with God given rights like every other human being born. I know now that my mother gave me away because she was an alcoholic, from my birth records it told me I was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, she may not even known she gave birth to a child but I do know she had to sign the custody papers to relinquish her custody rights to me when my parents adopted me because it was a legal adoption. Both of my grandparents were alive at the time but I talked to my birth mothers sister and she said even though she was married to my father who was in the Navy she gave me away a week after I was born. Then, when I contacted her she denied giving birth to me. Which she still denies today. She even named her second daughter by another man my same name on my original birth certificate... It has been a long and winding journey but now I know where I came from and I'm really glad I found out.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 11:24