Conceits like tribal affiliations and associations are a luxury for those not legally adopted to non-Natives. Arguments about tribal affiliations and associations are abstract notions to some of us. When one lists oneself as Cherokee; but is not Cherokee by association tribal affiliation etc etc.....Also, when one just isn't Cherokee it means that to claim that heritage is a lie and a fraud. Why are some not more disturbed by Ms Warren suddenly discontinuing to check boxes....after 15-plus years of checking....? If she had any actual or active demonstrable or tangible interest in Cherokee people...even the slightest---(besides plagiarized cookbook recipes) then her "earnest" link could be more understandable. I proudly claim (all) my ethnic heritages. I conducted decades of research to solve these tenous identities. My direct great-great grandfather was an acclaimed Chief of Cook Inlet region in Alaska...this can not be refuted or denied. But I have never met or know a person from my tribe or family in person. So while tribal affiliation/association is a known barometer...it is mainly available to intact families. Ms Warren needs to meaningfully resolve her Cherokee claims. Her claim is a disgrace until it is proven conclusively her original connection to Turtle Island. My point is mainly that some with valid heritage must struggle to construe/find a connection while another just slides (without merit) into it and rides it to personal advantages.
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 18:56