Dr. William T. Cross, Ph.D., (Founder of American Indian Genealogy Research, L.L.C.) after leaving my university positions at Michigan State University and a Fellowship at the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, I worked within Native American Communities for more than 45 years as an economic development consultant. Also, during this time I had the opportunity to assist numerous individuals and tribes with researching Native American genealogies. I am familiar with various tribal rolls from historic land allotments, treaty annuity payments, tribal census, and other data sources. During my travels throughout Indian country, I have visited over 250, Reservations, Pueblos, Rancherias, Indian Towns, and Urban Indian Centers. In addition, my research experience also includes visits to LDS Family History Centers, National Archives in Washington D.C., numerous tribal cultural and research centers, plus state, and local libraries. Recently due to the number of clients connected to the Michigan 1870-1909 Durant Roll, and years of research involving this payment roll, with the Native Nations Foundation their exist many questions involving whether the federal government has actually completed all payments to elidable Indians or their decedent's. I have been leading a research project on this issues and will be providing updates on my research on the Durant Roll page on this site.
Dr. William T. Cross member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.