Native American

Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman

by bablah on October 13, 2017

Birth Name: Floyd L. Westerman

Date of Birth: August 17, 1936

Place of Birth: Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Date of Death: December 13, 2007

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ethnicity: Sisseton Santee Dakota, 1/16 French-Canadian

Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, also known as Kanghi Duta (“Red Crow” in Dakota), was an American musician, political activist, and actor.

Floyd was born on the Lake Traverse Reservation, the son of Christian John Westerman and Emily Adams. His parents belonged to Sisseton band of Santee Dakota people. Floyd was married to Rosie, with whom he had five children.

Floyd’s maternal grandparents were Samuel/Kangianta Adams and Justine LaFramboise (the daughter of Joseph Edouard ‎Fafard LaFramboise and Josephine Freniere Gray Eagle). Joseph’s father was French-Canadian.

Photo by Prphotos

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Amber Midthunder

by madman on October 11, 2017

Birth Name: Amber T. Midthunder

Date of Birth: c. 1997

Ethnicity: Norwegian, Sioux Native American, English, Chinese

Amber Midthunder is an American actress and filmmaker. She is the daughter of Angelique S. (Roehm), a casting director, and David Midthunder (David Paul Midthunder), an actor.

Amber’s father was born in Montana, and is of Norwegian and Sioux Native American, and is a member of the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Indian Reservation. Her mother was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and appears to be of English and Chinese descent.

Amber’s paternal grandfather was Elmer Elias Midthun (the son of Aslag Nilsen Midthun and Edith M. Stenerson). Aslag was born in Bergen, Norway. Edith was born in Minnesota, to John Stenerson, who was Norwegian, and Abbie.

Amber’s paternal grandmother was Cynthia Rose Hamilton (the daughter of Harvey Hamilton and Angel/Angie Armstrong). Cynthia was born in Montana, and was a Sioux Native American, of the Assiniboine tribe. Harvey was the son of Pipe Hamilton and Chief Woman. Angel was the daughter of Bun Armstrong and Two Woman.

Amber’s maternal grandfather was likely James Thomas “Tom” Roehm (the son of Lester Roehm and Helen). James served in the Vietnam War, in which the U.S. had many soldiers stationed in Thailand around the time of Amber’s mother’s birth. It is not clear if James is Amber’s biological grandfather or not.

Amber’s (likely adoptive) maternal grandmother is Priscilla Donaby.

Sources: Article mentioning Amber’s ancestry (page 288) – http://en.calameo.com

Obituary of Amber’s paternal grandmother, Cynthia Rose Hamilton – http://billingsgazette.com

Amber’s paternal grandfather, Elmer Elias Midthun, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Elmer on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Elmer on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Amber’s paternal grandmother, Cynthia Rose Hamilton, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Cynthia on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Amber’s great-grandparents, Harvey Hamilton and Angel Armstrong – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Amber’s maternal grandfather – http://www.legacy.com

photo by kathclick/www.bigstockphoto.com/

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Mariee Sioux

by bablah on August 23, 2017

Birth Name: Marie Sioux Sobonya

Place of Birth: Humboldt, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 4, 1985

Ethnicity:
*Hungarian, Polish, Croatian (father)
*Mexican [Spanish, Indigenous], Paiute Native American (mother)

Mariee Sioux is an American folk singer and songwriter.

Mariee’s paternal grandfather likely was Paul Joseph Sobonya (the son of Steve Sobonya and Elizabeth Muska). Paul’s parents were Hungarian.

Mariee’s paternal grandmother is Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich (the daughter of Izidor/John Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić and Wiktoria/Victoria Money/Pieniadz). Izidor was from Bednja, Yugoslavia, and was of Croatian ancestry; he was the son of Franjo Bistrović-Pić and Jana Češnjaj. Wiktoria was Polish, from Januszkowice, Podkarpackie Voivodeship.

Mariee’s maternal grandparents are Lauro Enrigue “Henry” Holguin and Carolina B. Salazar (the daughter of Tiburcio Salazar and Josephine Leiva). Tiburcio was the son of Pedro Salazar and Elena Marquez. Josephine was the daughter of Robert Roque Leiva and Maria Elena Martinez.

Sources: Mariee’s paternal grandmother, Catherine Dorothy Bistrovich, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Baptism record of Mariee’s paternal great-grandfather, Izidor/John Bistrovich/Bistrović-Pić – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Mariee’s maternal grandfather, Lauro Enrigue “Henry” Holguin – https://www.familysearch.org

Birth record of Mariee’s maternal grandmother, Carolina B. Salazar – https://www.familysearch.org

Mariee’s maternal great-grandfather, Tiburcio Salazar, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Mariee’s maternal great-grandfather, Tiburcio Salazar – https://www.findagrave.com

Mariee’s maternal great-grandmother, Josephine Leiva, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Mariee’s maternal great-great-grandfather, Robert Roque Leiva, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

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Bianca Ryan

by madman on August 17, 2017

Bianca Ryan – 2014 Operation Smile’s “Smile Event” in New York City – Photo Credit: MJ Photos / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Bianca Taylor Ryan

Place of Birth: Ocean City, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 1, 1994

Ethnicity: Japanese, Irish, Italian, German, possibly Cherokee Native American

Bianca Ryan is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actress. She was the first winner of the reality television series America’s Got Talent.

Bianca is the daughter of Janette E. (likely Welch) and Shawn Ryan. She has stated (at 11:52) that her ancestry is “Japanese, Irish, Italian, German, Cherokee.”

Bianca’s paternal grandparents were John J. “Jack” Ryan and Marie T. Allman.

Bianca’s maternal grandmother is named Yoko. She is of Japanese origin.

Sources: Obituary of Bianca’s paternal grandfather, John J. “Jack” Ryan – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Bianca’s paternal grandmother, Marie T. (Allman) Ryan – http://www.legacy.com

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Charlyne Yi

by stlucas on August 15, 2017

Charlyne Yi – “House M.D.” Series Finale Wrap Party – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Charlyne Amanda Yi

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 4, 1986

Ethnicity:
*Korean, Mexican, Irish, German, French, possibly Yuki Native American (father)
*Filipino, possibly some Spanish (mother)

Charlyne Yi is an American actress, comedian, musician, and writer.

Charlyne is the daughter of Lydia (Manianglung) and Luciano C. Yi. Her mother is from the Philippines.

Charlyne has stated (here and here) that she is mainly of Korean, Filipino, Mexican, Yuki Native American, Irish, and French, descent. In the book Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2011, edited by Roger Ebert, it is written:
“Yi is a performance artist who makes stand-up comedy only one facet of her act. She’s short, cute, likes sweat clothes, wears horn-rim glasses, isn’t assertive, is a poster child for the melting pot: Filipino, Spanish, Korean, Irish, German, French, and Native American.”

Sources: Birth record of Charlyne Yi – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Charlyne’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

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