In addition to the rejoinders below, I'd also like to point out that the persuasion articulated in your first paragraph ("There is a chance that many Americans whose families have been in North and South America for several generations have some Native American ancestors. so there is a good chance that Elizabeth Warren has some Natives American ancestors which she may or may not be able to document.") is merely a less hyperbolic iteration of the assertion that, "Hey, humanity originated in Africa, so we're all African-Americans." And in your construction, those Republicans who you insist will dismantle the "tribal system" (whatever that specifically is) are evidently Indian, too! They may just as likely have some distant indigeneous ancestor in their family tree as Elizabeth Warren, and, no matter their familiarity or lack thereof with the challenges and enrichment that commonly accompany Native distinction, according to you, they're equipped to tout their ability to confer a Native perspective in their policies. So in the hypothetical you've created, the dismemberment of IHS would arise from "Indians" themselves. I'm relieved to learn that everyone in America is consequently multicultural!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 23:23