Soo sorry I beg to differ on at least half of what is said in here, again. "genocided into near-extinction"...I'm sure I could contact many many of my reservation friends not only in the Dakotas, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Hawaii, Arizona, and in Nova Scotia, BC, Alberta, and in ALaska, and I think they would love to argue how far off from Near Extinction ANY of their Tribal Nations are.
AND do I really need to pull the MULTIPLE CENSUS DOCS that Clearly State in the Instructions to LIST Indians AS WHITE..IF living off reserves, farming, and Living in the same Manner as their WHITE Neighbors?
Hi Stacy, Please do as Kathy mentions, build going backward first.. starting with what you know about your parents, grandparents, and their siblings and children, places of births, deaths, burials, baptisms, places of homes if you know any of them, then start with a blank piece of paper, right down the locations, begin searching their names within Familysearch.org, putting in as much as you know. start without any dates, but if too many pages come up of results then put in some date time periods or scroll to lower bottom on right side and pic appropriate century. Find births deaths marriages baptisms and more parental parent names, siblings etc start going backward. Then look for the census docs. If they are included on some certain ones as "white"...depending on where they lived and what time period and the instructions of that doc...they may NOT BE white. One of my gr.Uncles married a Native woman but on the Census the whole family and all the kids are listed as White.....except the wife...on 1 census she is listed as Indian....BUT ALL her kids and her husband are listed as white, because the instructions for that specific cesus acutally said..If the spouse is a wife that is indian, but the husband father is white, all children are to be listed as white if they are living off reserve and living like their white neighbors.. BUT if the HUSBAND is Indian and the Wife is White, all are to be listed as Indian! go figure...anotherwords.. ONLY a MAN ..A white man was a qualifier for "white status" on this particular census.
Now if you can't find them on any census...then they either moved locations to another state (which happened alot in the 1800's for many involved in fur-trades, rail-roads, and many other things...but if they can't be found on any regular census anywhere, and if you can't seem to find birth dates records baptismal records and or burial records...their could be a question of ...where they from another country and went back...or where they indigenous. Not all family stories are fables and I happen to know many many ppl who have already proven the family stories have merit." feel free to message me if you need any help or have questions on how or where to look
BTW.. as for tribal nations not being visible in modern society.. they are only not visible to those not looking for them. they are very visible all over the country and in Canada, and their voices for the last 5 years have been wreaking havoc over pipelines, violated treaties, heck the Lakota at Pine Ridge and Rosebud..got back some of the Black Hills! they bought it back and got some other land originally part of the Treaty lands, donated back all of this just in the last couple years. They are on news networks..just not "white" owned ones. Just because the majority of the Nation refuses to acknowledge "we do still exist"..Infact just because of the words posted...."to near extinction & not very visible in modern society".
Modern Society threw em on Reservations...that's why they are not ALL over the country visible...But that doesn't make them almost extinct.
Btw....whats a "real native look like". The Abenaki, Mi'Kmaq, Wobanaki, Inuipiaq, Athabaskan, Innu, Inuit, Seneca, and many other North and northeastern and Alaskan People were not born looking like a "Prairie-Stereotype fable book "indian" with dark brown skin. They are of climates where there was less sun, therefore their skin in Archival Docs all the way back to the late 1500's explorers describes them as having the white skin of the English or the french olive tones.. but NOT the darkness of the african or the island." NOT all full-blood natives are dark skinned.