Which Indigenous Person are you most closely connected to?

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This week we're featuring Indigenous Peoples in the Connection Finder for International Day of the World's Indigenous People on August 9th, starting with Sacajawea.

Featured alongside her are other Indigenous People:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 23,275,000 of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

New special feature: Check out how you're connected to other Indigenous People by searching the First Peoples category and the various subcategories like Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples of Mexico, and First Peoples of Australia using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Let us know how you're related below! If you want to share your connection on social media with cousins and friends, click the "get shareable image" below the results, e.g. Sacajawea and Queen Emma. Then just upload it along with the URL of your direct connection. (Please refrain from sharing your connection on the featured profiles themselves, though. It clutters conversations on research and collaboration. Thanks!)

P.S. Help us choose and improve profiles for next week's feature on 1960s Popular Musicians!

WikiTree profile: Sacagawea Charbonneau
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30 Answers

+9 votes

Two closest are: 

14 Degrees and 14th Cousin 1 R : Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief (1925-2013) and Loretta Morrison  in the Campbell's

16 Degrees and 12 Cousin 2 R: Hohepine (Te Wake) Cooper and Loretta Morrison  in the Latham's

by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (135k points)
Thanks for the star Clifford :)
+11 votes
Louis Riel and I are fifth cousins five times removed.

Hohepine and I are 9th cousins four times removed

Maria Tall Chief and I are 21st cousins three times removed
by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Mach 6 (65.1k points)
+9 votes
19 degrees from Hohepine Cooper.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Mach 3 (37.3k points)
+7 votes
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (367k points)
edited by Mark Weinheimer
+9 votes

Hohepine and Andrew are 8th cousins four times removed

Louis and Andrew are fifth cousins four times removed

Maria and Andrew are 16th cousins twice removed

by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (247k points)
+8 votes
16 degrees from Maria Tall Chief (16th cousins, 3x removed)
17 degrees from Louis Riel (7th cousins, 5x removed)
17 degrees from Sacajawea Charbonneau
20 degrees from Angel Decora
20 degrees from Hohepine Cooper (12th cousins, 4x removed)
22 degrees from Vi Hilbert
23 degrees from Emma Naea
24 degrees from Mateo Cariño
29 degrees from Doreen Wanganeen
29 degrees from Barangaroo Cammeraygal
29 degrees from Sadie Canning
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 4 (46.7k points)
+8 votes
21 degrees from Sacajawea Charbonneau.

28 degrees from Barangaroo Cammeraygal.

26 degrees from Sadie Canning.

18 degrees from Hohepine Cooper. 8th cousin twice removed. MRCA Elizabeth (Creel) Mott (1600 - abt 1632).

23 degrees from Metea Canno.

20 degrees from Angel Decora.

24 degrees from Emma Naea.

23 degrees from Vi Hilbert.

25 degrees from Doreen Wanganeen.

21 degrees from Louis Riel.

16 degrees from Maria Tall Chief. 13th cousin twice removed. MRCA Lillas (Ruthven) Drummond (1526 - 1579).
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 2 (27.8k points)
+7 votes

I am most closely connected to Maria Tall Chief at 20 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (314k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+8 votes
Maria Tall Chief is 18 Degrees from Sandra Vines,Maria and Sandra are 12th cousins once removed
Vi Hilbert is 22 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Louis Riel is 20 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Doreen Wanganeen is 26 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Sadie Canning is 26 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Hohepine Cooper is 18 Degrees from Sandra Vines,Hohepine and Sandra are 16th cousins three times removed
Emma Naea is 22 Degrees from Sandra Vines
Barangaroo Cammeraygal is 28 Degrees from Sandra Vines
by Sandra Vines G2G6 Mach 6 (65.6k points)
+7 votes
19 degrees is as close as it gets, to Hohepine Te Wake.

Sorry to be dense, but how is indigenous defined here?  I notice that many of the people chosen this week have grandparents from Europe.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 1 (16.0k points)
+6 votes
19 from Cagáàgawia & Ki He Kah Stah Tsa are my closest connections. I'm also 23 degrees from my taqʷšəblu profile, which isn't surprising, though I do wish her tree were a little more integrated such that there would be more lines of connection.
by Thomas Koehnline G2G6 Mach 3 (36.6k points)
+6 votes
I am most closely connected to Sacajawea, Sadie Canning, Hohepine Cooper and Louis Riel at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
+6 votes
From what I have been able to find, I am 15 degrees from Amonute Matoaka (Powhatan) Rolfe aka Pocahontas (Powhatan-3).
by Dennis Hutchins G2G6 (7.7k points)
+5 votes
My husband is 14 degrees from Louis Riel, which makes me 15 degrees. That is our closest connection, which makes sense since Riel and my spouse are both of French Canadian ancestry!!

Everyone else is 20 degrees or more.
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (928k points)
+6 votes

18 degrees: Sacajawea Charbonneau and Louis Riel, no relation.

19 degrees: Hohepine Cooper, 12th cousins 2x removed through MRCA Jone (Buckingham) Wheeler.

20 degrees: Mateo Carino, Emma Naea and Vi Hilbert, no relation.

21 degrees: Angel Decora, no relation.

22 degrees: Maria Tall Chief, 17th cousins 3x removed through MRCA Isabella (Cralle) Herbert.

27 degrees: Sadie Canning,  and 28 degrees Doreen Wanganeen, no relation.

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (508k points)
+6 votes
This was a very interesting post.  I am closest to Sacajawea at 16 degrees.  She lived not far from here, and there is a beautiful park dedicated in her honor--Sacajawea Historical State Park--that I enjoy visiting, with an interpretive center.  I love to watch the majestic bald and golden eagles that nest in the park and then fly out over the Columbia River as they fish.

For cousins, there were two:  Dame Whina Cooper is my 8th cousin, twice removed.

Maria Tall Chief is my 15th cousin, twice removed.
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 3 (34.8k points)
+6 votes
by Judi Stutz G2G6 Mach 4 (42.2k points)
+7 votes

Maria Tall Chief and I are 14th cousins - both 13th great granddaughters of  James (Stewart) Stewart King James IVth of Scots (1473-1513).  That's cool :)

by Michelle Hall G2G Crew (410 points)
+6 votes
I'm closest related to Louis Riel, 6th cousin, 4x removed
by Kae-Leah Williamson G2G6 (8.3k points)
+5 votes
*11 degrees from Louis Riel   *16 degrees from Sacagawea Charbonneau   *My paternal grandfather and his brother served in the North West Mounted Police at the time of the 'Riel Rebellion' and as my father told me "they were not happy" and bought their way out, going on to, both, serving as Superintendents of Burma Police.  Gabriel Dumont was leader of the Metis and sent his older brother, Isadore Jr., to negotiate before the Battle of Duck Lake, where Isadore became the first casualty.  Three of my (step) children's 3rd great grandfather is Isadore Jr. Dumont.  These three descendants are also my cousins through European ancestors of, both, my wife and her first husband and these relationships make them 5C3R to Louis and 6C4R to Sacagawea's husband.
by John Thompson G2G6 Pilot (138k points)

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