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WINative:
We have had several requests for information on her lineage in Wisconsin. These are the only links I can find on her. She reportedly appeared in Milwaukee Native Community in 2009, with No known Native connection, and is now a "cultural expert and Leader."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tjj_gw6ogMU

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115309332/mary-jane-kalmanson

https://www.spottedeagle.us/wp-www/board/

https://ics-edu.org/staff/administrative-staff/siobhan-marks/

Diana:
" I am a descendant of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and of Cree descent"
Hmmm...I did a quick look at her ancestry, went back on both sides to great grandparents all white. One gg grandparent was from Ireland the rest were Canadian English and Wisconsin. Looked up the Canadian gg grandparents all white. She also mentioned an uncle Neil Oppendyke. He's a well known....I'm not sure how to describe him. He's definitely white but seems to have a fetish for anything Indian. So much so that he put on powwows and learned how to bead. Here's his obituary. And as far as I  can tell she's not related to him. https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/4211503/Neil-Oppendike

Here's part of his obituary.  "He was a Boy Scout leader, and had a lifelong passion for American Indian lore. He put on Indian pow wows in the early 70’s in Prophetstown, and developed a worldwide reputation for the quality of his Indian beadwork."

Also here's his Facebook page with that Siobhon Marks both dressed up in regalia. https://m.facebook.com/neil.oppendike?tsid=0.6300487768438905&source=result

WINative:
Thanks Diana. I and others could not find any Native blood on either sides of her family either. But I thought it best to let those skilled in genealogy and with access to more databases to check her out.

I was informed she appropriated her original Ojibwe "Our Grandmothers Strap Dress," idea starting in 2017, from another Non-Native white woman Jessica Diemer-Eaton who runs and does re-enactments at the Woodland Indian Education Program.

https://www.facebook.com/JessicaDiemerEaton

http://www.woodlandindianedu.com/home.html

WINative:

--- Quote from: WINative on January 12, 2021, 11:35:43 pm ---Thanks Diana. I and others could not find any Native blood on either sides of her family either. But I thought it best to let those skilled in genealogy and with access to more databases to check her out.

I was informed she appropriated her original Ojibwe "Our Grandmothers Strap Dress," idea starting in 2017, from another Non-Native white woman Jessica Diemer-Eaton who runs and does re-enactments at the Woodland Indian Education Program.

https://www.facebook.com/JessicaDiemerEaton

http://www.woodlandindianedu.com/home.html

--- End quote ---

Here's a Photo of them together from Facebook in 2016.

Diana:
Do you know what side of the family she said she got her Indian blood from?

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