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Chief Joseph Insta Maza La Flesche

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Chief Joseph "Insta Maza" La Flesche

Birth
Death
24 Sep 1888 (aged 66–67)
Burial
Bancroft, Cuming County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID
54038192 View Source

Chief Joseph (Insta Maza, Iron Eye) was the last recognized chief of the Omaha Tribe. He was the son of Joseph La Flesche, a French-Canadian trader (b. abt 1790) and his wife, Madeline "Me-me ta ga" Wolf, a woman of the Ponca tribe. It is believed he had three wives, the last one being Mary (Hinnuagsnun, One Woman) Gale, daughter of Dr. John Gale and Ni-co-mi of the Iowa tribe. He advocated Indian integration with white society. He raised all of his children to be independent, educated, and adaptable to a changing Indian society. Joseph and Mary were the parents of Susette (1854-1903), Francis (1857-1932), Rosalie (1861-1900), Marquerite (1862- 1945), Susan (1865-1915), and Carey (1870-1952). Researching his father, the only item found was a U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 dated September 1864 for a J.L. LaFlesh, occupation of Auction Sales, living in Niles, Michigan.

Bio by Nan

Chief Joseph (Insta Maza, Iron Eye) was the last recognized chief of the Omaha Tribe. He was the son of Joseph La Flesche, a French-Canadian trader (b. abt 1790) and his wife, Madeline "Me-me ta ga" Wolf, a woman of the Ponca tribe. It is believed he had three wives, the last one being Mary (Hinnuagsnun, One Woman) Gale, daughter of Dr. John Gale and Ni-co-mi of the Iowa tribe. He advocated Indian integration with white society. He raised all of his children to be independent, educated, and adaptable to a changing Indian society. Joseph and Mary were the parents of Susette (1854-1903), Francis (1857-1932), Rosalie (1861-1900), Marquerite (1862- 1945), Susan (1865-1915), and Carey (1870-1952). Researching his father, the only item found was a U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 dated September 1864 for a J.L. LaFlesh, occupation of Auction Sales, living in Niles, Michigan.

Bio by Nan


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