There is nothing morally wrong with claiming to be of partial American Indian ancestry even if it's only based on a robust family oral tradition. More of a tradition than we heard that grandpa or grandma was a tiny bit Indian etc. Demanding that only those who are members of federally recognized tribes claim any part of the Indian identity is going way too far. There are of course the issues of the various state recognized tribes who's legitimacy varies greatly from state to state. Then there are people like me who certainly have significant American Indian ancestry but not the blood quantum to be a citizen of the tribe/band they are related to. There are people who are 1/4 or 1/8th Indian by DNA who's tribe requires 1/2 or 1/4 BQ who are not Indians on paper.... but then there are members of the Cherokee nation or the Citzen Band Potawatomi who are indian by lineal descent and therefore have papers. Is that really the most important thing? Having the right paperwork?