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September 26, 2011


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Charles A Lake

After my maternal grandmother died, we learned from an aged aunt that their people were of Cherokee descent. Apparently the family name was DeArmon - or some variation of the spelling. Their residence and probably tribal lands were in Southwestern Oklahoma. My great grandmother - a full blood cherokee married a white man named Solomon or perhaps Reed. When he died, she returned to her people and no further information became available to us. Except that a friend of mine who grew up in the Frederick, OK area was acquainted with the mane "DeArmon" and said that they may have been a prominent family in that area. If any information is available in regard to this family, I would appreciate knowing who and where to make contact for further information. Sincerely, Charles A Lake, 1607 Northwood Dr, Marble Falls, TX 78654
830 693-2810.

PS I grew up in Oklahoma City and my Grandfather Lake Homesteaded in Grady County and again later in Harper County, Oklahoma. He was prominent in insurance in Northwestern OK., and owned a lot of farmland around Laverne, Oklahoma

Shobin chawla

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Angel Wynn

Thank you Shobin;
I really try to show Native cultures in both their traditional and contemporary lifestyles. Right now I'm on the Warm Springs reservation and have been photographing tribal members picking huckleberries to golfing!!!


This inspires me finally to ask my mom everything she might know about our Delaware Indian heritage. I know almost nothing! Only: my grandfather's grandmother was a Delaware Indian. My Grandfather grew up in Pennsylvania - and his grandmother would've been a yound woman in the mid-1800's, so that fits with what you've written above about the trail of tears era. I hope to find out more -- and I should make time in my busy life to ask family while a few of the older folks may still be alive (my grandfather died young in the 70's).

Angel Wynn

You may be a long distant relative to my husband who also has Delaware lineage in Pennsylvania. I encourage you to get all your questions answered and do the search for your heritage. It's what your ancestors would want you to do.
Good luck with your journey.

Jennifer Bergerson

How I wish it was that easy for me. I was adopted through the state child welfare system. All my life I knew I was Cherokee. But adopted parents told me no i wasn't . At 31 I got my photo album created for me by my Birth mother and the child welfare worker who my mother signed me over to. It says that my grand father was Full Blooded cherokee and my grandmother was a quarter. It doesn't matter to me about land rights or money, I just want the right to be what I am.
All my life I have tried to research and find my Birth family. But when your name is changed at adoption that makes it quite difficult. The photo album says that My mother was not a registered indian so that makes it even harder to find her. I want So much for her to meet her five grand babies. To be able to see them and Know that their names are after tribes and names i remembered from my birth family. But as with so many other things it falls through the cracks. I am a " lost Bird" trying to find her way home.
Priscilla ann Payne
God bless you all

Zachary Travis Snell

My father,William Earlton Snell Jr.was born in Gallup,New Mexico,Mckinley county on march 31 1960.His birth mothers last name was Flores.He was adopted by Dorothy Faye Jones Snell and William Earlton Snell Albuquerque New Mexico,Barnalill county.I was told my grandmother was Navajo.I am 20 yrs. old and will be 21 on dec.7. I would like to know how to find my birth grandmother.

Felicia Martinez

I wish had people to question :( There's nobody left in my family except for my mother's side, but she's German and English... All I know is that my grandfather was half Apache and half Navajo and that he went to the Sante Fe Indian School starting in the late 1920s. He has no birth certificate however, and neither does the rest of his family, including my father. They just have baptismal certificates. I wish I knew how to get more info!

Angel Wynn

Get a copy of his birth certificate along with your grandfathers name, place of birth, and contact both the Hopi and Navajo tribal office. They can direct you. You will not be able to become Native status but you might find out more info about your ancestors. Good Luck!

Renee DeArmon

I am a DeArmon- Cherokee and Choctaw decent. My father, Samuel Jesse DeArmon was born in Arkansas and raised in Stigler, Oklahoma where I have many relatives still.
DeArmon is decendent of the North of France.


Thank you for writing this article. I have the opposite problem..i *do* know where I come from and i have aunts uncles, cousins -lots of them!-living on the reservation right now, including 2 of my mothers sisters & all of her still-living half brothers & half sisters(my mother is one of 10) my mother and all of them are on the "roll" but i have applied, sent in my small "adoption fee" several times and never once recieved anything back , not even a "no" , to being adopted or a reason why not..i even have family on the tribal council...they have a pretty large casino and all get per cap checks and i feel this is why they dont want to let anyone on the roll...even though for me to do that, id have to be adopted into the tribe, then move there(way up north brrr im no snow bunny!!!) then live on the rez for like 6 years then id *maybe* get a per capita check(i say this because my aunts moved back to the rez and at first it was supposed to be 3 yrs to get their residency and per cap, then it turned to 5 then 6 then they had to take them to court and finally got their checks!) i feel its all greed on their parts..ive never seen anything like it..i dont want nor need their money, i just want my roll id card with *my* picture on it saying this is who i am because i have always felt, since i was like 2 or 3 and knew we were indian, that this is who i am..its in my blood but its also in me in ways im just now realising why i feel this way or that, and why i do how i do all of my breaks my heart literally when i allow myself to think of this issue...i cry and feel so alone and abandoned really..and i feel its because of money...any thoughts or suggestions? thank you

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