18 thoughts on “Native American Information

  1. Greg Gutierrez says:

    As you very well know, the transition of our great country from Native American to its current mixture has many casualties. The injustices continue even today.
    My Father was Robert I. Gutierrez. He lived his entire life knowing only a few things about his ancestry. He knew that the family said they were of Cherokee descent, that they came from Arkansas, to Shreveport, and that his grandmother had been separated from the tribe. His grandmother was Molly Garza Martinez (my great grandmother). She told of being sold off of the reservation in Arkansas at age 14 for the debt of a horse. She said her family was very poor and would have been in trouble with the local authorities if she was not given up.
    The man who bought her never allowed her to speak anything other than English, he got her pregnant, then several years later, left her. Her daughter’s name Mary Garza, later Mary Garza Gutierrez, then Mary Garza Gutierrez Hammer. Mary married the first time at age 15 and gave birth to my father, Robert I Gutierrez. Robert passed away four years ago at 85 years old. His life was always filled with uncertainty. People equated his dark skin and Spanish sur name, to being Mexican. He always refuted that. He was proud that his heritage was that of a Cherokee Indian, since that was what he had always been told by his family.
    After his death, I had a DNA profile completed. Of course, he had been correct. My profile shows 21% Native American and the rest is mixed races.
    I am not seeking anything as far as benefits or rights from the Nation, only a feeling of belonging that my father never had. It would be of great comfort to say I have been recognized as a member of the Great Nation. Since there are no records of my great grandmother’s existence, and all of my older relatives have passed away, is there any chance of belonging to the Cherokee Nation?

    Pictured here, my dad and I.

    Gregory Paul Gutierrez
    4503 Tutbury Ct.
    Amarillo, Texas 79119

  2. Andra Ceballos says:

    I am looking any family related to Jose M. Mendivil or his dauther Pilar Mendivil Olea.

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