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Chief James Bigheart (1842 - 1908)


CHIEF JAMES BIGHEART OF THE OSAGES By Orpha B. Russell Much has been written and published about the Osage people, commonly recognized as the wealthiest tribe of American Indians, yet the one man l...

2/5/2016 2/6/2016

Rosella Hightower MP (1920 - 2008)

From HIGHTOWER, ROSELLA (1920–2008) Ballerina, teacher, and dance director of Choctaw descent, Rosella Hightower was born in Durwood, Oklahoma, on January 30, 1920, the only child of Charles E...

2/4/2016 2/5/2016

Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski MP (1925 - 2012)

Moscelyne Larkin Edna Moscelyne Larkin Jasinski (January 14, 1925 – April 25, 2012) was one of the "Five Moons", Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma who gained international fame in the 2...

8/11/2014 2/4/2016

Hokolesqua, Chief Cornstalk MP (1712 - 1777)

"Chief Peter Cornstalk", "Strongman", "Keigh-tugh-quah", "Hokoleskwa Wynepuechsika", "Cornstalk", "Chief Cornstalk", "Holoesqua", "Shawnee"

"It is better for us to die like warriors than to diminish away by inches. The cause of the red man is just, and I hope that the Creator who governs everything will favor us." Statement supposedly ma...

10/28/2008 1/29/2016

Yvonne Chouteau MP (1929 - 2016)

""One of the Five Moons""

Myra Yvonne Chouteau (March 7, 1929 – January 24, 2016) was one of the "Five Moons" or Native prima ballerinas of Oklahoma. She was one of the five celebrated Indian ballerinas of Oklahoma and t...

1/28/2016 1/28/2016

Te-Ata MP (1895 - 1995)

"Te-Ata Thompson"

A traditional Native Storyteller, TeAta, also known as Mary Frances Thompson Fisher, was born in Emet (Post Oak), Chickasaw Nation, near Tishomingo, on December 3, 1895. Her parents were members of the...

5/19/2015 12/18/2015

Mary "Ataloa" McClendon MP (1896 - c.1967)

"Ataloa", "Little Song"

Copied from book" Indians of Today Edited and Compiled by Marion E. Gridley Sponsored by the Indian Council Fire Chicago 1947 page 7 Ataloa, (Mary Stone) Chickasaw -Born---Duncan, Oklahoma, E...

3/19/2015 12/18/2015

Joseph Frances Dion (1888 - 1960)

Joseph Francis Dion (1888 - 1960) was born in Onion Lake Indian Reserve in July of 1888. Dion was a devoted leader of the Metis people throughout his lifetime. He Married Elizabeth Cunningham of St. Al...

12/18/2015 12/18/2015

Brig. General Ely Samuel Parker, "Open Door" (1828 - 1895)

"Hasanoanda", "Do-ne-ho-ga-wa", "“Open Door"", "Ely Donehogehweh"

Gen Ely Samuel Parker Original name: Ely Donehogehweh Memorial# 3603 Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA Plot: Section 12, Lot 1, - - - - - Find A Grave The Life of General El...

11/2/2015 11/12/2015

Lou Diamond Phillips is an American film, television, and stage actor and director. Phillips has been an outspoken advocate of the Filipino Veterans Equity Act of 2006, legislation to provide the same ...

3/23/2011 11/11/2015

Father Harry Kaiakokonok MP (1907 - 1989)

"Reverend Hariton Okwan"

9/23/2015 9/23/2015

Cot-ta-wa-ma-go Blackfish (1725 - 1779)

"Chief Blackfish", "Mkah-day-way-may-qua"

Succeeded Chief Cornstalk as principle Shawnee War Chief following his death at Fort Randolph. Little is known about him, since he only appears in written historical records during the last three yea...

8/7/2015 9/9/2015

8/31/2014 9/1/2015

Fr. Zakharii Nikolaev Bel'kov MP (c.1838 - 1899)

9/1/2015 9/1/2015

Chief Ivan Stepanovich Glotov MP (deceased)


Chief of Umnak and godson of Stepan Glotov. Formerly known as Mushkal, he was educated and baptized in Kamchatka.

9/1/2015 9/1/2015

Accomplished linguist who significantly contributed towards Aleut Tales and Narratives, by Waldemar Jochelson

4/14/2014 8/31/2015

Chief Pontiac MP (c.1720 - 1769)

Chief Pontiac (1720 - April 20, 1769) was a great leader of the Ottawa Indian tribe. He organized his and other tribes in the Great Lakes area to fight the British, in what is known as Pontiac's War (1...

11/19/2012 8/21/2015

Anfesia Shapsnikoff was an Aleut leader and educator born October 1, 1901, at Atka, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. Renowned for her weaving of Aleut grass baskets, Anfesia flew to many communities thr...

10/21/2013 8/20/2015

Deacon Michael Philip Tutiakoff MP (c.1891 - 1934)

11/9/2013 8/20/2015

Chief Lazar Gordieff MP (1856 - 1888)

Chief of Chernofsky

8/19/2015 8/19/2015

Chief Michael Gordieff MP (1834 - d.)

Chief of Chernofsky

8/20/2014 8/19/2015

Activist for Aleut rights and 1st mayor of St. Paul, Alaska

10/23/2013 8/14/2015

Armie Hammer MP

"Armie Hammer"

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

Armand Douglas "Armie" Hammer , born August 28, 1986, is an American actor. He is a descendant of several famous figures, including the founder of the Communist Party of America, the founder of the Arm...

6/24/2013 8/11/2015

Chief of Chiniak Settlement

8/10/2015 8/10/2015

. George Philip Jr. (14 April 1912 – 16 June 1945) was a United States Navy Commander and recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star. He died during a kamikaze attack while commanding USS Twi...

8/7/2015 8/7/2015

John Charles Waldron (August 24, 1900 – June 4, 1942) was a United States Navy aviator who led a squadron of torpedo bombers in World War II. He and most of his squadron perished in the Battle...

8/7/2015 8/7/2015

Chief Samuel G. Johnson MP (1889 - 1976)

"Aayaaxh or Yeilnaawu"

Chief of Angoon and Deisheetaan from Yeil Hit (Raven House).

7/15/2015 8/6/2015

Chief Joseph H. Denny Sr. MP (1905 - 1984)

10/14/2013 8/6/2015

Chief Thomas Skultka MP (1851 - 1921)

Raven - Full Haida,

10/10/2013 8/6/2015

10/16/2013 8/6/2015

Chief Akenfa Galaktionoff MP (1896 - 1937)

2nd Chief of Makushin

7/21/2013 8/6/2015

Chief Henry Denny Jr., Gashéiksh IV MP (1903 - 1979)

"Gashéiksh IV"

Chief Henry Denny Jr., also known as Gashéiksh IV (Kashakes IV), was Tlingit Indian leader, orator, Naa Sháade Háni (clan leader) for the Neix.ádi Clan, Ch’áak...

10/14/2013 8/6/2015

Acting Rector for the Holy Ascension of Our Lord Cathedral, located in Unalaska.

10/9/2013 8/5/2015

Chief Andrei Ash'shyo MP (deceased)

Chief of Chinikatskoe Village

8/5/2015 8/5/2015

Chief Mosei Kurnyk MP (deceased)

Chief of Anikinskoe Settlement

8/5/2015 8/5/2015

Chief Vasilii Nanehkun MP (deceased)

Chief of Ezabkinskoe Village

8/5/2015 8/5/2015

David Salamatov MP (c.1825 - 1892)

Well-known navigator and cartographer that contributed to the famous atlas of Alaska's coasts, published in 1852

3/29/2011 8/4/2015

St. Peter the Aleut or Cungagnaq MP (b. - 1815)

"St. Peter the Aleut"

Cungagnaq (date of birth unknown - d. 1815) is venerated as a martyr and saint (as Peter the Aleut) by some jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He was allegedly a native of Kodiak Island (A...

4/9/2014 8/4/2015

St. Jacob Netsvetov MP (1802 - 1864)

Saint Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of Alaska, was a native of the Aleutian Islands who became a priest of the Orthodox Church and continued the missionary work of St. Innocent among his and other Ala...

4/9/2014 8/4/2015

Chief Stefan Ivanovich Kriukov MP (b. - 1868)

"Stefan Krukoff"

Chief of Umnak and the son of Ivan Vasil'evich Kriukov, head of the powerful Krukoff Family. He served as Starosta between 1831-1842. Chief Kriukov was the co-architect of the Russian Orthodox Church...

3/31/2011 8/4/2015

Chief of Unalaska and noted as the last Great Chief of the Aleuts, Aleksei was a sea otter hunter and carpenter. He served 35 Years as a Warden (Starosta) for the Unalaska Orthodox Church and 41 Years ...

9/6/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Alex Gordieff MP (1925 - d.)

Chief of Kashega

10/31/2013 8/4/2015

Chief of Biorka, was a Starosta and Reader in the Russian Orthodox Church.

9/20/2013 8/4/2015

Chief of Attu

10/12/2013 8/4/2015

Chief of St. Paul. His father was Russian and Alutiiq and his mother was Russian and California Indian, either Coast Miwok or the much more likely Kashaya Pomo. After a trip to the Aleutians, Alask...

9/7/2013 8/4/2015

Chief of St. George (designation First Chief)

9/6/2007 8/4/2015

Chief of Makushin

10/31/2013 8/4/2015

Master sea otter hunter

9/20/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Filaret Prokopioff MP (1870 - 1910)

Chief of Attu noted for work with researcher, Waldemar Jochelson, contributing to the "Aleut Tales and Narratives", published by the Alaska Native Language Center.

3/30/2011 8/4/2015

Chief of Umnak

10/17/2013 8/4/2015

Chief of Kashega

10/12/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Luke Shelikoff MP (1908 - 1982)

The last Chief of Akutan

9/4/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Michael Gorga Hodikoff MP (1893 - 1945)

Chief of Attu that died in captivity during WWII, as a civilian POW to the Japanese, which forcibly removed the residents of Attu from their island and sent them to Japan.

9/20/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Tikhon Dorofeiev Golodov MP (deceased)


Chief of Attu and fully literate in the Russian language

7/28/2013 8/4/2015

Chief of Unalaska

9/20/2013 8/4/2015

Major General Jacob Lestenkof, USA (Ret) MP


Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, United States

Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, United States

General Lestenkof served in the Army National Guard, as Adjutant General of Alaska. He was also the Federal Regional Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs for Alaska, in addition to the Deputy Commi...

10/10/2013 8/4/2015

Chief of St. Paul Island (designation First Chief)

9/15/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Nicoli Gromov MP (1868 - 1912)

For years the first chief on this island and perhaps the most able man there, …He had marked executive ability and used it to great effectiveness in handling the men as first chief. The latter p...

10/24/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Iustin "Eustin" Aleksiiev Shvetsov MP (1850 - d.)

"Iustin B. Shvetsov"

Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Alaska Shvetsov, Iustin B. Born Jul 1, 1850; Baptized July 8, 1850 to parents of Aleksei, and Paraskoviia in Unalaska, AK 1850 page 14 item 18 Chief of St. G...

9/15/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Karp Buterin MP (1851 - d.)

Chief of St. Paul Island

9/16/2013 8/4/2015

Former Chief of Unalaska / Caretaker (Startosta) of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Ascension in Unalaska

9/12/2013 8/4/2015

Chief George M. Borenin MP (1897 - 1965)

Chief of Kashega

9/20/2013 8/4/2015

Walter Metrokin MP (1868 - 1918)

Even before Walter Metrokin aided a 1916 expedition team to look into “the Hole” of the volcano, people had considered him a hero. Thought to have killed more than 70 bears in his days as...

9/6/2013 8/4/2015

Larry Sava Matfay was born in1907 in Akhiok, which was also the home of his parents, Pelagia Kejuk and Sava Matfay. Known as the last chief of Akhiok, he passed away in 1998. Mr. Matfay was a distingui...

11/1/2013 8/4/2015

Sergie Sovoroff MP (1901 - 1989)

Sergie Sovoroff was an Aleut educational leader in the 20th Century. He was born on Umnak Island in the Aleut village of Nikolski in 1902. Sovoroff was born only nine years before the United States gov...

9/3/2013 8/4/2015

Andrew Gronholdt MP (1915 - 1998)

Andrew Gronholdt was a famous Aleut from Sand Point, Alaska in the Shumagin Islands south of the lower Alaska Peninsula and became famous for rejuvenating the ancient Unangan art of carving hunting hat...

4/12/2014 8/4/2015

Lt. Gov. Loren Dwight Leman MP

Ninilchik, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States

Ninilchik, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States

Loren Dwight Leman was the tenth Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, traces his family history in Alaska to a marriage in Kodiak more than 200 years ago between a Russian shipbuilder and an Alutiiq woman fr...

11/2/2013 8/4/2015

John Ben "Benny" Benson Jr. MP (1913 - 1972)

John Ben "Benny" Benson, Jr. was the Aleut boy who designed the flag of Alaska. Benny was 13 when he won a contest in 1927 to design the flag for the territory of Alaska, which became a U.S. state in 1...

4/13/2014 8/4/2015

First Mayor of Sitka, Alaska Telephone entrepeneur and Sitka's first mayor, Peter KOSTROMETINOFF Jr. (1896-1941) was the son of Peter J. KOSTROMETINOFF Sr. (1859-1931) & his wife Elizavieta KASHEVA...

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

Chief William Peter Zaharoff MP (1883 - 1962)

Chief of Unalaska and Starosta of the Russian Orthodox Church, Bill and his wife Mary P. Tutiakoff were amongst the WWII Aleut evacuees that were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to and inter...

4/13/2014 8/4/2015

Fr. Lavrentii Semenov Salamatov MP (c.1818 - 1864)

Fr. Lavrentii Salamatov from Attu was educated by Iakov Netsvetov on Atka. He was ordained in 1844 and when Netsvetov left the Aleutians for the Yukon, Salamatov became the parish priest for the Atka D...

7/21/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Ivan Gavrill Pan'kov MP (1778 - 1850)

Chief of Tigalda Island that assisted Ivan Veniaminov, Russian Orthodox missionary, in learning the Unangan / Eastern Aleut language, developing an alphabet, and recording information about the people ...

4/15/2014 8/4/2015

Agrafena Rastorguev MP (1780 - 1835)

"Agrafena Rastorguev (Petrovna)"

Native Alutiiq from Afognak Island, Kodiak region, which is considered the mother of the original 9 old families that formed the village of Ninilchik (Kvasnikoff, Oskolkoff, Crawford, Steik, Kelly, Jac...

8/27/2010 8/4/2015

Chief Ivan Alekseivich Suvorov MP (1862 - c.1934)

"Ivan Sovoroff"

Chief of Umnak Island

9/3/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Kirill Ermeloff MP (1853 - d.)

Chief of Nikolski

10/3/2013 8/4/2015

Chief Ioann Maksimov Krukoff MP (1880 - 1931)

"John Krukoff"

Chief of St. Paul from 1913-1914 and appointed Starosta in 1912.

9/16/2013 8/4/2015

Chief "Willie" Tcheripanoff MP (1903 - 1991)

Chief of Akutan

3/30/2011 8/4/2015

Chief of Attu

8/15/2014 8/4/2015

Chief Kerick Buterin MP (1838 - 1890)

Chief of St. Paul (designation 1st Chief). Picture of St Paul, Alaska from 1930 uploaded by Linda Larsen of King Cove, Alaska.

8/16/2014 8/4/2015

Chief Theodore Berestoff MP (1850 - d.)

Chief of Seldovia

4/19/2009 8/4/2015

Chief Stefan Lekanoff MP (1870 - 1941)

Designation 1st Chief. Native Foreman and baidarka maker.

9/10/2013 8/4/2015

Fr. Ioann Efimov Orlov MP (1859 - d.)

"John Efrim Orloff"

Important Native linguist for the Russian Orthodox Church and expert in Central Yup'ik

9/17/2013 8/4/2015

An Aleut Creole, Russian Orthodox Priest, and founder of the Alaska Territorial Historical Library and Museum. Bio: Son of Petr Filippovich, a priest, and Mariia Arkhimandritov. Like his father and...

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

Archpriest Paul R. Merculief MP (1939 - 2013)

A master of language and one of the few Aleuts that could both speak proficiently and translate the language. Father Paul worked for the Cultural Heritage Department of the Aleutian Pribilof Island A...

10/30/2013 8/4/2015

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

9/20/2013 8/4/2015

9/24/2013 8/4/2015

Parish Priest at Belkofski for 12 years and former school teacher in Sitka, educated at the Novo-Arkhangel'sk seminary.

7/21/2013 8/4/2015

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

10/4/2013 8/4/2015

Reverend Peter Gordon Gould MP (1900 - 1988)

A Sugpiaq Creole that grew up in Unga and became a Methodist Reverend

11/3/2013 8/4/2015

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

10/7/2013 8/4/2015

He was sent to Unalaska to be the first Native Orthodox priest at that church. He served there for 35 years.

9/22/2013 8/4/2015

Deacon John Tcheripanoff MP (1921 - 2000)

9/17/2013 8/4/2015

Priest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak

9/14/2014 8/4/2015

Deacon Vasilii Efima Orlov MP (1840 - d.)

"Basil Orlov"

9/17/2014 8/4/2015