Kali Reis

Birth Name: Kali J. Reis

Place of Birth: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 24, 1986

Ethnicity: African-Cape Verdean (likely 62.5%), African-American, possibly some Wampanoag Native American, 1/128th Aboriginal Australian

Kali Reis is an American boxer and actress. She was a world champion in two weight classes, winning the WBC female middleweight title in 2016 and the WBA, WBO, and IBO female light welterweight titles from 2020 to 2022. She has also starred in the film Catch the Fair One. She is nicknamed K.O. Mequinonoag. The word “Mequinonoag” means “many feathers” or “many talents,” and was given to her by her mother.

Kali’s father was musician Flinky Reis. Kali has stated that she is of Cape Verdean and Native American descent, and described her mother as “the medicine woman of our Seaconke Wampanoag tribe.” She has specified that her Native American ancestry is Cherokee, Nipmuc, and Seaconke Wampanoag.

Kali was raised by her mother in East Providence, Rhode Island. She has said that she attended powwows as a child. Kali is a supporter of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) movement.

Kali’s paternal grandfather was named Frank N. Reis.

Kali’s paternal grandmother was Alvira J. Miranda/Meranda (the daughter of Manuel Mathis Miranda/Meranda and Julia Maira Brito/Britto). Alvira was born in Massachusetts, to parents who were born on Cape Verde. Manuel was the son of Mathias Santana Miranda and Anna Maria. Julia was the daughter of Mary Vito.

Kali’s maternal grandfather was Walter L. Baptista (likely the son of Manuel Baptista and Dora L. Williams). Manuel was born in Cape Verde, and was black. Dora was born in Virginia, and was African-American.

Kali’s maternal grandmother was named Edith Elizabeth “Blue Swallow” Washington (the daughter of Gladys D. Washington). Gladys was the daughter of Charles Washington, whose parents were African-American, from Virginia, and of Georgiana Elizabeth Fisher, who was the daughter of an African-American father, from North Carolina.

Georgiana’s mother, Kali’s great-great-great-grandmother, was named Georgiana Elizabeth Elderkin. Georgiana was born in Rhode Island, the daughter of John Lewis Elderkin and Martha Ann Miller. John was the son of Marcus Aurelius Elderkin and Elizabeth Slocum. Martha was the daughter of John Miller and Susan Slocum. On the 1880 U.S. census, John Elderkin’s father Marcus is listed as having been born in Australia. On the 1850 U.S. Census, Kali’s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather Marcus Aurelius Elderkin is listed as born in New Holland, an old name for Australia.

Kali’s five-times maternal great-grandmothers Elizabeth Slocum and Susan Slocum were sisters, and were born in Seekonk, Massachusetts, the daughters of Primus Slocum and Mary. It is believed that Primus was a freed African-American and that Mary was a Wampanoag Native American.

Sources: Obituary of Kali’s father – https://thekeefefuneralhome.com

Kali’s paternal grandmother, Alvira J. Miranda/Meranda, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Kali’s paternal grandmother, Alvira J. (Miranda/Meranda) Reis – https://www.legacy.com

Kali’s paternal great-grandparents, Manuel Mathis Miranda/Meranda and Julia Maira Brito/Britto, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Kali’s maternal grandmother, Edith (Elizabeth) Baptista – https://mountpleasantfh.com

Obituary of Kali’s maternal great-grandmother, Gladys D. Washington – https://sv.findagrave.com

Kali’s maternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Marcus Aurelius Elderkin, on the 1865 Massachusetts State Census – https://www.familysearch.org

6 Responses

  1. ethnogenesis says:

    The Tribal Alliance Against Frauds did her genealogy and found no American Indian nor Aboriginal Australian ancestry, she’s only African American and Cape Verdean the country settled by the Portuguese. The DNA test conducted among Kali Reis’ tribe in 2005 indicates a few members of that unrecognized tribe and genealogical records can prove it, but the problem with unrecognized tribes that they are 98% non Native American relying on family stories or scientifically dubious DNA tests to believe they are part Cherokee or whatever tribal group. +

    • Smellybert says:

      “The Tribal Alliance Against Frauds”, sounds like some kind of Nazi era SS organization investigating racial purity.

      If people want to identify as Native, so what?

    • madman says:

      What do you mean by “found no American Indian nor Aboriginal Australian ancestry”? I have found the ancestors I included in the profile, she is definitely descended from those people. Do you mean that they proved the ancestors were in fact not Native American and Australian? That’s a different issue. If the sources that describe Mary as Wampanoag are wrong, then what I wrote is also wrong, sorry.

      For the record, I would probably not have included the Australian ancestry if it was just one record that said Australia. But there are two census records that both suggest that the same ancestor, Marcus Aurelius Elderkin, was born in Australia, one of which uses the term “New Holland” which unambiguously referred to Australia at the time. I wrote Aboriginal just because he was listed as black in all records but maybe that was a stretch, I don’t know. If anyone has any input on this, they are welcome to share.

  2. madman says:

    I guess this must be her grandmother and her family:

    Manuel Miranda and Julia Santana
    Manuel Mathis Miranda and Julia Maira Brito/Britto

    They were both born in Cape Verde.

    Manuel was the son of Mathias Santana Miranda and Anna Maria. Julia was the daughter of Mary Vito.

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