The main problem is we are defining ourselves by how whites define us - because our hearts and minds have been colonized. So I am defined as a "full blood" which is a white concept. Whites are stupid and if we think like them, we are being stupid. We have to get back to how we always defined ourselves and stop thinking like whites. How did we always define ourselves? I am from the Turtle Clan, as was my mother, as was her mother before her, as was her mother. It always flows from the mother's side in my tribe. Because my mother was from the Turtle Clan, she had to marry someone outside her clan. She was forbidden to marry another Turtle because he would be a fellow clan member. So she married my dad, who is from the Sun Clan. Does that make me 1/2 Turtle and 1/2 Sun? No, I am still full Turtle. That is how Indians always defined us. We have been in this country for several hundred thousand generations, always marrying outside the Turtle Clan. By the white definition, I should probably be 1/880,000 Turtle. But I am a full Turtle Clan member, not 1/880,000 Turtle or anything like that. We need to go back to our traditional ways of defining ourselves and get rid of white concepts like CDIB, full bloods, federal/non-federal, etc. Whites are certainly very stupid when it comes to Indians. If we follow whites, we destroy ourselves.
Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 13:39