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He is the second after Herbert Hoover’s Vice President, Charles Curtis, to have a Native American ancestry. Dr. Ornelas is the great-great-great-grandson of Chief Cristobal Osuna from a tribe in the San Diego Mountains circa the Treaty of

Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936) was a United States Representative, a longtime United States Senator from Kansas later chosen as Senate Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues, and the 31st Vice President of the United States (1929–1933). He was the first person with significant acknowledged Native American ancestry and the first person with significant acknowledged non-European ancestry to reach either of the two highest offices in the United States government's...

Herbert Hoover’s vice president, Charles Curtis, was American Indian

Charles Curtis (Potawatomi), VP of the United States with Herbert Hoover in 1928

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Vice-President of the United State Charles Curtis was an enrolled member of the Kaw Tribe and spent time growing up on the Kaw reservation in Kansas. He served almost thirteen years in Congress and twenty years in the Senate before becoming Herbert Hoover's Vice-President in 1929. Charles Curtis's time as Vice-President has been silent and only recently brought to light again with the election of President Obama as the first African-American President.

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William E. Unrau ... Mixed-bloods and tribal dissolution: Charles Curtis and the quest for Indian identity

"Winter on Mt. Monadnock," Charles Curtis Allen, oil on canvas laid on board, 8 x 10.25", private collection.