I understand fully what you are saying. However, is it okay to put on the census that you are 1/8th Cherokee if you are indeed so? My great grandfather was 100% Cherokee and my grandmother was 1/2 Cherokee. I just recently found this out after my parents had died and I contacted my paternal birth family. My husband is 1/8th Lakota Sioux from his paternal birth family. We aren't trying to infringe on any tribe and think that fringe groups trying to form new tribes is a ridiculous idea. I have a question though. When I was four years old, Chief Big Buffalo, when he was babysitting me one afternoon, went through a beautiful adoption ceremony that I will remember till my dying day. He wore white leather with fringe and beads, a beautiful feathered headdress, had a peace pipe with leather and beads attached, used corn, something that must have been sage, and performed this ceremony first in his native language and the second time in English for me to understand. At the end of the ceremony, he told me I was his adopted Cherokee granddaughter and a member of his tribe. I would like to find out what tribe he belonged to. He was born in 1861 and died in 1956 about four months after the adoption ceremony. I was left with him often when my birth father didn't know what to do with me. I grew to love "Chief", as everyone called him, more than my birth father and he loved me. He was also a great friend to my grandmother and helped her keep in touch with her Cherokee heritage. He was friends with my grandfather as well. He sometimes stayed in the furnace room of the vast downstairs basement of Glendale Cemetery's caretaker house. My grandfather was caretaker and my family lived in the upstairs apartment. My birth father was my grandparents younger son. I do not plan to claim to be a member of the tribe he belonged to, as I feel I have no right to since he's been dead for so many years. He's buried in Glendale Cemetery in Akron, Ohio and lived at the Portage Hotel. He'd been part of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show featuring Annie Oakley and many other Native American's, mostly plains Indians. After a bad train wreck Annie Oakley was no longer able to participate in the show. After Bill Cody died, Chief Big Buffalo joined a carnival and ended up in Akron. He was elderly by then and my grandfather gave him a job but didn't require him to work. When Chief died, he was given a burial plot, #27 by the road, and my grandfather paid for the burial and paid off his outstanding bills with his own money. When I asked to see him I was told he'd gone home to his tribe. I remember crying and missing him, but now understand that he had died. I was surprised to run across his name on Google in Akron, Ohio as one of their celebrities. He's listed under "A Virtual Cemetery" created by Mr. Ed. At the end of the article, it mentions he's looking for more information about Chief Big Buffalo and gives his e-mail address. I had never known till I looked up his name last week that he had been in the Wild West Show. I knew he'd lived at the Portage Hotel and that he always wore garlic around his neck to ward off evil spirits, but I only knew him as a child, as someone I dearly loved. Would you have any idea what tribe he belonged to? I am so curious to find out. There is a new tombstone on his grave from what my grandfather had laid there. If I'm out of line in asking you these questions, please let me know. I don't want to offend anyone.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 22:55