I have a good friend on another board whom I have tried to persuade to come over here...she ain't havin' any of it.
Alrighty then, fair enough. She's intensely loyal...to everything she's involved in, including her websites. She hung on with the History Channel site until the bitter end when it completely dissolved. Only then
did she join the other place.
She's in her '50's, a full-blooded Native American (she actually prefers the term 'Indian') who is fascinating to listen to. I've never met her, but I've read tons of her posts on the other site, the one I no longer post on. I say 'listen' because when I read I'm actually listening to the writer, and Diane's writing is spectacular, full of imagery and information. She's the most knowledgable person, on almost everything having to do with American history that I've ever had the pleasure of 'listening to.' She can tell you almost anything about every Native American tribe in existence, or that has existed in the US...well, in the whole of North America really. Much of her knowledge has been handed down to her by her family, and for many years she has done her own extensive research. Without a doubt she is an authority on the subject, but she would never admit to that, her natural humility and sense of humor would not allow it.
Anyway, she lives on a reservation (she calls it 'the rez') in the state of Jefferson (actually in northern California). She has told many stories of life in that area, all very colorful and interesting. She's got two grown sons, one of whom is a firefighter working for the US Forest Service.
Below are some photos taken in Jefferson, and a website where you can get more info on the history of the region, should you be so inclined.
Maybe someday Diane will join us, I hope so.
Map of Oregon and northern California showing counties proposed for inclusion in the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/state_of_Jefferson"]State of Jefferson[/ame] in 1941.made this with Illustrator, the map vector outlines were extracted from public domain National Atlas
congressional district maps. Jefferson - The 51st State - Northern California / Southern Oregon - A State of Mind http://www.jeffersonbackroads.com/