I have been told that my great grand parents were ashamed and refused all association with their heritage and their legal rights . They had rights in Oklahoma as Cherokee descendants so did Grandma, I remember seeing the man at her house who could get them for her. I was real small then, she did confirm to me later though, that it was the man.
The laws in Missouri were against people who had Indian blood, so were they ashamed or were they just plain scared? I say they were just plain scared. They were land owners and not legally allowed to own land. In fact you can't find records of some of the land they did own.
When I was in the 11th grade at what then was Springfield Senior High School (now Central High School) THE SPRINGFIELD NEWS AND LEADER the daily afternoon paper, sent a man over to the school to take my picture. We were studying American History and American Indians. I was the one in class who was proud enough and bold enough to admit my heritage.
My picture came out where all could see it, it was not a little hidden one. I kept the picture until the late 1970's and I gave it to one of my children, so far it has not been found, we are still hoping that it will be soon.
I also took two years of Art in school as well as typing which I am rusty at and shorthand.
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