Hey husband of moonlight, by your reasoning, anybody with one strand of DNA that is even remotely related to the original people in North or Central and South America can be an "Indian". I call myself an Indian because that is what I know and that is who I am and I've paid my dues, as if one has to pay some kind of "dues" for being who you are, I don't need my DNA to tell me who I am. I grew up on one of the poorest and most unforgiving Indian reservations in Montana anybody can grow up on. I was sent away to several US government boarding schools as an Indian, suffered lifelong discrimination as an Indian and I still do, and my DNA has nothing to do with it. I was and am treated badly like an Indian, scorned like an Indian, hated like an Indian, toasted by the art elite like an Indian, educated like an Indian, look like an Indian, act like an Indian, called a "red Indian", sing like an Indian, walk like an Indian, dress like an Indian, have a large Indian family who all experience being Indians in the same way as I do (my little sister was spit on by a gun-toting redneck and called a dirty injun)...I joke like an Indian, hate like an Indian, love like an Indian, swear like an Indian, speak Cree and think like an Indian (if there is such a thing), pray like an Indian, my parents are both Cree, my grandfathers and mothers were Cree, and on back through time, as far as forever...and I could go on and on. My DNA has nothing to do with any of that, this is just the way it is and continues to be. If Mr. Depp says he is an Indian and the Comanche's have "adopted" him as an Indian, that doesn't make him an Indian, it only makes him an adopted whiteman who has been accepted by the Comanche's as one of them unless he really is an Indian of course in which case he needn't use the case of his adoption to pass muster and frankly, relying on adoption for your identity is a poor way to "prove" you're an Indian. How much of this is merely a way to sell his new movie? Cher once claimed Cherokee heritage and everybody was amazed, ooing and awing that this talented woman could be an Indian, as it turned out it was all a huge lie, she is Armenian but hey, what harm was done, after all it sold her record "Half-breed". To paraphrase Ruport Custo, "Making the tribal rolls does not an Indian make." Reservations are full of white and black men and women who are on the rolls who are not Indian. The name "Indian" is a misnomer of course but that has nothing to do with me, or any other Indian for that matter. As for your historical accounting of who some Indians are, suffice it to say that absolutely no one truly knows who the masses of Indians really are nor where Indians came from, end of story. The rest is merely scientific theory and conjecture, being something in the nature of a created fact, merely "scientific" curiousity and nothing more. Tell a whiteman that he's Chinese for long enough, backed up by mind-bending scientific authority and theory, add to that masses of academics and scholars who never bother to question that political authority and it's likely he'll believe you.
Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 17:04