Iowa Native American Tribes

Iowa Native American Tribes

Posted By Paul G July 29th, 2011 Last Updated on: July 29th, 2011

Adrian Pushetonequa (Chairman)
Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
Address Tama IA 52339 Phone: (641) 484-4678Fax: (641) 484-5424: http://www.meskwaki.org
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  1. Robin Rickard says:

    My grand father’s we from Iowa his name was Harry mefford
    He was full blood Sioux and my grandmother was half her name was gladys howard.

    • Barry Wray Johnson says:

      Hello Robin. They are my grt. Grandparents. I have a little information on them, but not much.

      • Karen Lon says:

        Am helping a friend with her genealogy. Harry Mefford was her grandfather; Gladys her grandmother. What documentation shows he was Sioux? Census and other records state he was white. I have his father as John Oliver from Kentucky. No Sioux there. Have I been led astray?

        • Barry Wray Johnson says:

          Hello Karen.
          Harry Mefford is my great grandfather. The census listed native people who didn’t live on a rez as white. Because they were considered “taxable” individuals. Therfore they were white in the eyes of the government. My DNA didn’t show any Native blood until I uploaded my raw data to GEDMATCH there it showed native and Asian dna. Sometimes the two are mistaken for eachother in dna tests.

          • Barry Wray Johnson says:

            I should clarify that they are both of my great grandparents. When looking at the Mefford and Howard families, I would look closer at the women in the families. After talking to a lot of Native Americans, they told me that it is more likely for a white man to marry a native woman than the other way around. (In those times) Harry’s mom is Emma King. Her father was orphand as a child. The only thing he knew of his father is that he was from Ireland. He knew nothing of his mother. His father went out west and left the boy with a native woman, and his father never returned. I don’t know who the woman was but she raised him until he was a teenager. My tree is open on Ancestry.com


    My Grandfather was born in Tama Iowa. How do I find out what Native American he is?

  3. Michael says:

    I have been registering with Sioux,Apache,Powwow Maybe I have forgoten username or password anyway I like to recovery

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