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African American Lives 2 -- Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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My Grandmother to begin with and her grandfather Stonewall, Indian Territory 1898 Indian Territory/Oklahoma Oral history from my Grandmother. This is my family history

My Grandmother was a full blood Indian. She was enrolled as a child on the Dawes Roll in the Chickasaw Tribe. She was 1/2 Chickasaw and 1/2 Seminole Indian. She would tell me stories about being taken away by white men, and put into a boarding school when she was a child. Then at the age of 14 she ran away and went to live with her Grandfather who was a "medicine man".

As an adult I began to do genealogy and went in search of this Grandfather who was the Medicine man. What I found was interesting. My Great Great Grandfather was a real medicine man and was "famous" in this area and he was on the Dawes Rolls but not where I expected. He was on the Chickasaw Freedman roll. It says that he was a "mulatto' or Indian/Negro on some census. He was mixed as was his Mother before him and he had been a former slave of the Chickasaw Indians. He married a full blood Chickasaw woman and had 10 children. He lived to be almost 100 years old and was mourned by many in the community, Indian and whites alike.

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