Rebecca Hicks Dushane

By Earlene Angel Roskob and Sallie Cotter Andrews

Rebecca Hicks Dushane, born in 1870, was the daughter of Mary Splitlog Logan and Henry Hicks.  Rebecca, also known as Becky, was married to Andrew Dushane who worked as a deputy sheriff.  Andrew was born March 19, 1868, in Kansas.  He was ¼ French, ¼ Cherokee and ½ Eastern Shawnee.  Becky and Andrew had seven children together and resided in Wyandotte, OK, on her allotment land.

Becky was a descendant of Chief Thomas Splitlog, a principal chief of the Brownstown, Michigan Wyandots, and his wife, Lucinda.  Chief Splitlog had an illustrious career; first fighting against the Americans in 1794 at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio and then helping the British in the War of 1812 as a scout and soldier.  Chief Splitlog was the younger brother of Roundhead of the Sandusky area Ohio Wyandottes.  The two were allies of Tecumseh and the Shawnee Prophet.  Following the Treaty of Ghent which ended the War of 1812, Chief Splitlog and his followers settled just across the Detroit River on the Anderdon Reserve.  Always a leader, he regularly protested to the Provincial Parliament of Canada over treatment of his people and the taking of land.  He died in the spring of 1838.

Becky was a leader in her own way.  She was one of the Wyandottes in Indian Territory, now known as Oklahoma, who was interviewed by Dr. Barbeau and whose words will live throughout history.  She owned some beautiful jewelry and clothing and was such an excellent craftsman in her beadwork that Dr. Barbeau bought many of her items and took them back to Canada where they now remain in the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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