Should a Wiki id include a reference to heritage? [closed]

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I've come across a profile that includes Native American heritage (undocumented proof) along with the surname. Shouldn't it be changed?
WikiTree profile: Rachael Yoakum
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in Policy and Style by Darlene Kerr G2G6 Mach 3 (31.1k points)
closed by Darlene Kerr
After reviewing what's on the page and the attached sources, I asked the profile manager to change the LNAB to Clark.
Thank you. It is what I thought too, but the discussion on Native Americans previously undertaken made me questioning my conclusion.  I have some information on the person in question and find the profile to be confusing at best. I'll close question now.  Thank you all for your help in resolving.

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I see - I went back and re-read: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Name_Fields#Use_their_conventions_instead_of_ours

"If last names weren't used in the person's time, one needs to be created."

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
We only use the tribe name when the Native American person had no known surname.  That doesn't apply in this case so her LNAB should be Clark.

So, somewhere, the mother was remarried.  I'm not sure if her maiden name is Ellender or Sisk

There is nothing indicating a prior marriage on this profile. Ellender "Ellen" was apparently her middle name.

"We only use the tribe name when the Native American person had no known surname."

May be a practice that some use but I don't think it is in line with the Wikitree naming directions.  When LNAB is not known it should be unknown.

Ah!  Good catch; I hadn't thought of Ellen as a diminutive for Ellender.
This was discussed on g2g quite some time ago where this exception to the general rule was made for Native Americans who lived prior to the introduction of their use of surnames. See related questions below.

I see - I went back and re-read: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Help:Name_Fields#Use_their_conventions_instead_of_ours

"If last names weren't used in the person's time, one needs to be created."

As Native Americans didn't use last names the tribe name is substituted?  I guess that makes sense ;-)

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