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Miller Application # 16987 ½

Maria Sand nee Bearpaw

Oaks, Oklahoma

(Sister of Miller Application # 5784=Eliza Wolfe nee Bearpaw)

Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Washington, D. C.


I hereby make application for such share as me be due me of the fund appropriated by the Act of Congress approved June 30, 1906, in accordance with the decrees of the Court of Claims of May 18, 1905, and May 28, 1906, in favor of the Eastern Cherokees. The evidence of identity is herewith subjoined.

1. State Full Name:

English Name- Maria Sand

Indian Name- Wa-li-ya

2. Residence- Goingsnake District

3.. Town and Post Office- Oaks

4.. County: District 5

5.. State: Indian Territory

6.. Date and Place of Birth: Born Goingsnake District, 1882

7.. By what right do you claim to share? If you claim through more than one relative living in 1851, set forth each claim separately:

My father, Dick Bearpaw

My father's brother and sisters, Ji-gah-yah, Qua-lar-yu-gar, Seh-li-si, Wa-li-yah

My grandfather on father's side, Yo-noo-yo-yih (Bearpaw)*

My grandmother of father's side, Wa-le-sar

My father's brothers. We-ly, Lu-yih

8.. Are you married? Yes

9.. Name and age of wife or husband- Steve Sand, age 38 years

10.. Give names of your father and mother, and your mother's name before marriage-

Father- English name- Dick Bearpaw

Indian name- Dee-kie Yo-noo-woo-yih

Mother- English name- Celia Bearpaw

Indian name- Se-ly Yo-noo-woo-yih

Maiden name- Freeman

11.. Where were they born?

Father-Old Nation East Mother-Delaware District

12.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time

Father-Goingsnake District Mother-Delaware District

13.. Date of death of your father and mother?

Father-1899 Mother-Living

14.. Were they ever enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-

They were on the roll of 1851. Father, Goingsnake District, mother, Delaware District

15.. Name all your brothers and sisters, giving ages, and if not living, give date of death-

1. Daniel Bearpaw b. Living

2. Annie Bearpaw b. Living

3. Catherine Bearpaw b. Living

4. Andy Bearpaw b. Living

5. Charley Bearpaw b. Living ½ brother

6. Chancy Bearpaw b. Living ½ sister

7. Geh-hue-gar b. Living ½ sister

16.. State English and Indian name of your grandparents on both father's and mother's side, if possible- Father's Side



Mother's Side



17.. Where were they born? Born in Old Nation East

18.. Where did they reside in 1851, if living at that time?

Father's side-Goingsnake District

Mother's side-Delaware District

19.. Give names of all their children, and residence, if living; if not living, give dates of deaths

1.. English name- ; Indian name- Ji-gar-yah; Residence-

2.. English name- ; Indian name- Qua-lar-yu-gar; Residence-

3.. English name- ; Indian name- Seh-li-si; Residence-

4.. English name- ; Indian name- Wa-li-ya; Residence-

3.. Have you ever been enrolled for annuities, land, or other benefits? If so, state when and where-

I was on the roll of strip payment in Goingsnake District 1894.




I did not obtain the supplemental sheet for this application. However, this is the information that was on there.

Child-Youngbird Snell 4 years b. 1903

Dawes # 1714 M

Full Blood

(Youngbird in on Census Card # 1683 M, listed as Budd Snell)*

Father: Sam Snell

Full blood Cherokee

Dawes # 20291, Census Card # 8787


Letter attached to Miller Application # 16987 ½

March 1, 1909

Mariah Sand,

Oaks, Okla.


Relative to your application for participation in the Eastern Cherokee judgement, kindly advise this office at once if your minor child, Youngbird Snell, as given in your supplemental application, was enrolled by the Dawes Commission. If so, under what name and number? Is Budd Snell and Youngbird Snell one and the same person? An early reply will be appreciated, and in answering refer to # 16987 ½ J.E. T.

Very respectfully,

Special Commissioner

(There was no answer recorded in this miller application, however Youngbird is listed as 'Budd' Snell on Census Card.)*

*Transcriber Notes

Maria Sand nee Bearpaw

Dawes # 20292, Census Card # 8772

Full Blood Cherokee

Transcribed by Catherine Widener, 2002


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