Which Notable Native American are you most closely connected to?

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This week in the Connection Finder, we're featuring Sitting Bull, as new DNA research regarding his descendants has emerged and in commemoration of Native American Heritage Month in the US.

Featured alongside him are other Notable Native Americans:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 24.2 million 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.

Special feature: Check out how you're connected to other Native Americans by using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the category page. Browse related categories like LakotaShoshone, and Native American Warriors.

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. Sequoyah and Sitting Bull. 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!)

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WikiTree profile: Sitting Bull Lakota
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47 Answers

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Best answer
17 degrees from each of Sequoyah Gist and 19 degrees from Houston Tehee and Joseph Brant. I am surprised that there were any that close (I come from the one family in the U.S. that has no family tradition of a Native American ancestor).
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (800k points)
selected by Ronald du Toit
I just learned I am 19 degrees to Sequoyah Gist
+23 votes

I am very, very, very distantly related to two of the Notables:

Wilma Mankiller, 19th cousins, twice removed.

Teehee Houston, 13th cousins, three times removed.

by Pamela Parker G2G6 Mach 2 (27.4k points)
+21 votes

Jim Thorpe and I are 8th cousins 3x removed

Wilma Mankiller and I are 14th cousins 

Houston Benge Teehee and I are 19th cousins 4x removed 

Closest otherwise are:

14 degrees from Joseph Brant

17 degrees from Hąboguwįga De Carrie

by Aaron Gullison G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
+17 votes

I am most closely connected to Sequoyah Gist and Houston Teehee at 18 degrees of separation.

No longer connected to the tree:

by Tommy Buch G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+19 votes
14 degrees from Seqouyah Gist.Seems his half-brother's wife was a cousin, as was her Uncle's wife.

15 degrees from Tecumseh.

15 degrees from Jim Thorpe.

16 degrees from Teehee Houston. 14th cousin twice removed. MRCA Henry Bruyn (1420 - 1461).

18 degrees from Wilma Mankiller. 9th cousin once removed. MRCA Isabella (Miller) Yard (1640 - abt 1703).

18 degrees from Chief Joseph Brant.

18 degrees from Chief Haboguwiga De Carrie.

21 degrees from Zitkala--Sa Bonnin.

22 degrees from Chief Joseph Nez Perce.

24 degrees from Chief Sitting Bull of the Lakota Sioux.

25 degrees from Chief Seattle.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 7 (77.5k points)
+19 votes
Unconfirmed - Second cousins 8x removed from Sequoyah Gist assuming his father his Nathaniel Gist.
by Laurie Segers G2G6 Mach 1 (18.6k points)
+17 votes
16 degrees to Sequoyah Gist is the closest, through his sister.  There are several others at 18 steps and a couple of very distant cousins.

I've always wondered about the 0.3% "Indigenous American" that 23andme finds in my DNA.  Not enough to identify a region or group, and not even enough to be sure it's correct, but interesting.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 4 (47.5k points)
+18 votes
I am most closely connected to Sequoyah Gist at 21 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (180k points)
+17 votes
I am 15 degrees from both Sequoyah Gist and Tecumseh.

Cousins from this group:

Wilma Mankiller--14th cousins, 3 times removed

Teehee Houston--16th cousins
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Pilot (140k points)
+15 votes
15 degrees from Sequoyah Gist
17 degrees from Joseph Brant
17 degrees from Hąboguwįga De Carrie
17 degrees from Tekoomsē Shawnee
18 degrees from Jim Thorpe (7th cousins, 3x removed)
18 degrees from Gertrude Bonnin
19 degrees from Houston Teehee (15th cousins, 6x removed)
21 degrees from Wilma Mankiller (18th cousins, 2x removed)
25 degrees from SiʔAɬ Suquamish
27 degrees from Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt Nez Perce
27 degrees from Sitting Bull Lakota
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 9 (90.2k points)
+16 votes

My closest connections:

  • 12 Degrees from Houston Teehee
  • 14 Degrees from Sequoyah Gist
by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (408k points)
+16 votes
32- Sitting Bill






Proud and amazed off all these Chief being as far as NZ
by Gail James G2G Crew (680 points)
+15 votes

I am 25 degrees from Tȟatȟáŋka Íyotake Lakota

I am 17 degrees from Joseph Brant

I am 21 degrees from Hąboguwįga (Hocąk) De Carrie

I am 14 degrees from Sequoyah Gist

I am 18 degrees from Wilma Pearl Mankiller

I am 24 degrees from Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt Nez Perce

I am 15 degrees from Tecumseh Shawnee

I am 21 degrees from Zitkala-Sa (Sioux) Bonnin

I am 24 degrees from SiʔAƛ̕ Suquamish

I am 14 degrees from Houston Benge Teehee

I am 17 degrees from James Francis Thorpe but his first wife, Iva Margaret Davies is my 6th cousin 3 times removed thru my grandmother, Lillian Pearl (Denton) Williams

by Janine Isleman G2G6 Mach 8 (87.1k points)
+14 votes

I'm thrilled to be connected to Jim Thorpe - one of my heroes - even if it is through my 2nd husband - which many of the connections this week are. One that is to me rather than my husband is also my closest connection (15 degrees) and connects me to another of my heroes: Sequoyah (my mouse pad is the Cherokee alphabet).

by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (546k points)

ooh - just thought to check Bear's connection to Jim Thorpe & they're 8th cousins, three times removed!

+16 votes
Houston TeeHee, 14th cousins 4 times removed.

Wilma Mankiller, 13th cousins.
by Lisa Green G2G1 (1.6k points)
+14 votes
Jim Thorpe is my 8th cousin.

Teehee Houston is my 12th cousin.

Wilma Mankiller is also my 12th cousin.
by Tiffany Knight G2G3 (3.9k points)
+14 votes

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