My name is Jack Gladstone a member of the Blackfeet Indian Nation. I'm enrolled on the Blackfeet Reservation in northwestern Montana and I'm a member of the Fisheater Clan of the Blood Division. Also I live currently between the Flathead Valley in northwestern Montana and the Blackfeet Reservation and the St. Mary's Valley.
St. Mary's Valley was where my grandmother and father were born. I derived my Blackfeet ancestry from my father's side. My mother is actually full-blooded German. Her grandparents actually came out in the 1870's, emigrated from Germany - quite the interesting story.
My mother and father met after World War II out of Seattle, Washington. My dad served aboard the battleship Iowa in World War II and was the anti aircraft gunner and saw combat action in the Pacific.
A historical note, my father's side would be great great grandfather, from which we derived the name Gladstone, was a Scottish immigrant with the Hudson's Bay Company. He came in at 16 years of age in 1848. ‘Old Glad' worked on Fort Benton, but was the primary builder of Fort Whoop Up and also Fort McCloud. He was noted for building the first frame houses in Alberta, Canada as well as being quite a treasure trove of oral traditional stories. He died on April 11, 1911. 1911 was actually my birthday, excuse me April 8, 1911 and he was affectionately named ‘Old Glad'.
On my grandmother's side, that's my grandfather's side of my dad's side, my grandmother's side; she was the granddaughter of Me Kay Stow. Me Kay Stow was Red Crow. Red Crow was the chief of the Blood Division of the Blackfeet Confederacy at the time of the treaty negations signing with the Canadian government in 1877, a principle signer. He was a revered warrior, orator, diplomat, statesman and lead our people from the transition from the buffalo age into the pastoral and introduction into the industrial age where people found themselves determined this last century.