By Steve Robson
Chris McDonald-Constable, of Clayton-le-Moors, has been told that his great great grandfather was chief of the Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin in the USA.
There are only 641 descedants of the Chippewa tribe and Chris qualifies as a tribal elder because he is among the eldest of the surviving members.
Chief Willard Ackley was Chris’s first cousin twice removed. He was chief of the Sokaogon Band of Chippewa Indians from 1929 to 1969.
1) Depending on who Stuart is, exactly, I'm not sure he has the authority to give Chris a "Native American name."
2) Similarly, I'm not sure Stuart has the authority to say who's a tribal elder. In most tribes, being a descendant wouldn't be enough to qualify.
3) The article says Chief Willard Ackley was Chris's a) great-great-grandfather or b) first cousin twice removed. Unless the article is referring to two different chiefs, that's a huge discrepancy.
4) The article calls Chris a "chief" twice. Uh, no. Being descended from a chief doesn't make one a chief. Especially in modern times. Chief Ackley probably didn't inherit the position; he probably was elected to it.
For more on genealogy, see Native Genealogy 101 and First American in Europe Was Native.
Below: "Chris, with a tribal keepsake, and his wife Gillian."