I am looking for help with tracking my great-grandfather (and other relatives) who may be part of Dakota, Lakota, or Nakota people.
I do not know my great-grandfather's name, but my grandfather, Chester Lee Vine, born Oct. 15, 1908 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin and then lived in Greenwood, Wisconsin, was fathered by this man. My grandpa's mother's name was Elizabeth L. (Smith) Vine.
In the early 1980s, possibly 1982 or 83, my grandpa received a check of around $2,500.00 from a tribe in North Dakota. He told my mother, Milly Lueck, to take the check back to the tribe and donate it for education. She came to a Reservation in ND but could not remember anything about it other than it was fairly close to the big airport and that everyone at the Reservation was very nice to her. She was part of a ceremony to celebrate the check being used for education, stayed overnight, then left the next day, but she doesn’t remember ever asking what would have been her grandfather’s name.
The crazy part for me in all of this is that this was pre-Internet days and I don’t know how the Reservation would have known where to find my grandpa all those years later. He says he never had contact with his true father. The check was sent to Chester Lee Vine of 369 Rockport Road, Janesville Wisconsin.
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