Person: Lizzie Mahiner, Myaamia Name: Ašiihiwia
Family Group: Mahiner-Kishco
Gender: FemaleDate of Birth: Knw 04-15-1877
Location of Birth: N/ADate of Death: Knw 12-11-1951
Location of Death: Stroud, Oklahoma
Lizzie was a teenager when she was allotted her land about a mile east of the Drake House. However, it wasn't long after that when she married Leo Gokey, a member of the Sac & Fox Tribe, and left her mother Rose Ann for the Sac & Fox reservation area in Lincoln County, Oklahoma. Lizzie's Myaamia lineage comes through her maternal grandfather, Napihšinka, a chief during the 1860s. Not much is known of her father David (or Jack) Mahiner, except that he was likely Potawatomi. Though she was born in Indian Territory, Lizzie attended school at Wabash, Indiana, for three years and Chilocco Indian School for four years. Lizzie and Leo had eight children who were all citizens of the Sac & Fox Nation. The two oldest, Adam and John, are pictured in the photo, followed by Amelia, Eunice, James, Rosetta, Elmer, and Minnie. Lizzie continued to live in the Stroud, Oklahoma, area for the rest of her life until she passed in 1951. Though the family was physically and paternally associated with the Sac & Fox culture, they also maintained their connection with their Myaamia heritage and many of her descendants have elected to return to the Miami Nation as citizens.
Photo courtesy Donna Littleton
- Lizzie Gokey
April 15, 1877
March 2, 1889
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congressa ssembled, That the provisions of chapter One hundred and Nineteen of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty seven, entitled "An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations,and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes," are hereby declared to extend to and are made app...
December 11, 1951