Ms. Powless I am not Linda. But I am a daughter of Donald N Powless Jr. I know that he has at least two daughters and the last contact he had a son. i was taken from my birth mom when I was 5 years old. Her name is Bonnie Lee Heckman.I have found at least 1 cousin and from what I was told by him most of the Powless that live on the Onodoga Res are relatied to me. I was small when I was taken from my mom so i reaaly dont remember to much but my mom says that I look like my Grandma on my dads side. I never meet her or my Grandpa they both passed before I was born. I heard that my grandpa was killed in a car accident and my grandma died due to child birth complications. but i frquently visited my Great grandma. I was born in Syrcuse NY. on Nov.30th 1975 My mom told me the hospital but I cant remember the name but I belive that it was in the public hospital in the Northside. At the time I was taken the State went to my dads apartment but were unable to let me stay there due to the living conditions. His wife at the time was pregnant at the time with a son that was suppose to be his and they had another man living with them.I was told that they were married and that his wife didnot want to have to care for me because I was not her child and also because she didnt want me so he could not have me either becaus I was part of his life befor her and she wouldnt have anything to do with me. I am now 28 and have 6 wounderful children of my own. Alexis age 6, James age 5, Lawrence Jr. age 4 Jasmine who just turned 3 yesterday, Amber 23 months, and Baby Catherine age 6 months. I was told that my father had another daughter who was about 2 years older then me but she didnot live with him she lived with one of his family members some where in New york but didnt know where I know that he was aressted the day my parents were to be married so they never got married and she waited a year for him and ended up getting back with him and the a few weeks or days latter got pregnant with me by him. After he saw me for the first time I was about a week old and he came to see me and then he told my mom that I looked just like his mom and that I was definintly his daughter but then he moved in with my mom to help raise me and when I was still a baby he took off agian and ended up with the lady that had his son. I belive he was arrested agine in 1996 and realesed from Cayugan prison in 1987 on drug carges, DUI, and being intoxicated in a public place. I was told that his brother Nelson Powless was also in prison in Auburn I was told he was in there for murder. My mom said that she sees both of them accausonaly but has not seen the for awhile. She has seen one of my aunts my aunt Gail and has spoken to her but has not seen her in awhile. she said that both my aunt and uncle have both asked if she had found me yet but at that time she had not. I found her a week before mothers day this year and have been to see her.She told me that my fathers family was upset with her beacuse they blame her for losing me and giving me up for adoptin but I was told by her that it was my dad that didnt want me and his wife at the time not her. All I know is what i have been told and what I have recived through the State of Florida. I am now trying to get my adoptiond records unsealed in order to find out the truth. I have already petiioned the courts in Highlands county to unseal them. I want to be able to enroll with my tribe but because of my adoption I am having a hard time doing this. Could you please tell me how you are relaited to my father. you can contact me personally at this phone number 570 619 6598. I should be home all day today. Just ask for Gwen. As I find out more information I will let you know.