Blood Quantum Influences Native American Identity

Blood Quantum Influences Native American Identity

ICTMN Staff
8/13/11

BBC News writer Paul Adams delves into the complicated story of blood quantum, which he says was first introduced in colonial Virginia in the 18th century.

He discusses what percentage different tribes accept and what diminishing percentages could mean to the Native American population. "Simple mathematics tells you that blood quantum is also a route towards oblivion," he says.

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It's the same question that's been asked for so many decades now. Is it DNA or culture? Some people say it's DNA only. Others say that culture is what defines who you are, not necessarily ancestry. It seems a bit of a double standard to me that the Native Americans have blood quantum restrictions imposed on them as a means of determining their identity, yet countries like the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and many others make people from any ancestry, nationality, or ethnicity into citizens of their own countries by simple means of naturalization. Why should it be any different for Native Americans? It seems to me if someone Native American decides to marry and have children with someone from a different race, that shouldn't mean that their children or grandchildren shouldn't have entitlement to the national citizenship of their native american parent, grandparent, or ancestor. Why is there a double-standard? People should be able to marry whoever they want, and not have to worry about their posterity's citizenship being taken away from them.
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