How can i find out if Emilia Fontenot was Atakapa indian?

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There are no pics of my great great great grandma. And I was told she was atakapa Indian. How can I find out?
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There are still mixed Atakapa in southern Louisiana. Atakapas mainly mixed in with the French, and blacks, and other Native American tribes. Houmas and Chitamachas may have some Atakapa ancestry. I was reading Oppalousa are a branch of Atakapa and there are still Oppalousas. I was also reading about a lady that died in the I believe in the 60s or 70s she was the last fluent speaker of that language. That being said. my last name is Fountano, and I am from San Antonio, Texas, my great great grandfather is from Louisiana, I believe his last name may have been Fonteneau or Fontenot. Fountano is almost pronounced the same way. Well me and my male cousin from my paternal side tested Y chromosome Native American from different companies. We are African American with various ancestries. The Native American part sticks out like a sore thumb. It maybe Atakapa or some tribe close. (Houma, Chitamacha, or Choctaw, etc). I am trying to find out.
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I was looking at a tree on Ancestry.com to try and see if there was a connection to my Fountano side. And there was an Emilia Lafleur Fontenot she was married to a I believe Theophile Fontenot. Her sirname was Fontenot her father was I believe was Antione Lefleur Fontenot. Could that Emilia be the Emilia you were asking about? In the same tree on the other line of family there was a Lucy Lefleur and in parenthises was American Indian descent. and there was a picture of her she looked full blood Indian, not sure if she was but if looked like it.  So if that Lucy Lefleur was from the same family as Emilia Lafleur Fontenot its quite possible she was Atakapas, or Native mainly from the Lefleur side.

 

Johnny

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