Don't agree with the writer to this column, but it isn’t uncommon today to experience some degree of losing one’s identity. All one has to do is listen and watch nationally, what the United States (white, black, brown, etc.) is experiencing. Regionally, Hispanics/latinos are redefining themselves inclusive of illegal immigrants as there are no borders. The Navajo Tribe has to take a page out from what other Indian nations are doing particularly in realigning or protecting limited tribal resources and extending lineage and blood-lines. The Navajo Tribal Government – (exclusive of Ben Shelly) – needs to continue in taking a stand AGAINST this popular public opinion of allowing others redefine what is “Navajo”. One such effort was publically advocating the definition of Navajo marriage as being between a man and a woman. To the individuals associating themselves with being Navajo, if their choice is to mate with an outsider, that is their choice, so then why ask the Navajo Tribe to support their choice? Again refer to what other Indian tribes are doing in trying to protect what is left of their identity. You don’t have to look hard in Navajo community areas near border towns of Farmington, Gallup, Flagstaff to see already the cross-referencing to other colors as white, black, or Hispanic or even to witness 'alternative lifestyle' choices. It is the inherent/remote Navajo communities where there is still some degree of demonstateable tradition still being practiced. In preserving what is right, a person has to support continued Navajo identity and the Navajo clanship.