Though these are all the Cherokee's unique circumstances, the rest of us become entangled in them because of a lack of knowledge on the part of the general public and other tribal folk. For instance, it has impacted the Navajo Nation, when unenrolled white people say they are Cherokee because of a "family story" or whatever strange misguided notions tell them to. The previous Censuses took into account those white folk of vague Cherokee heritage and allocated Federal resources differently because of it. And the Navajo Nation suffered, people who live in some of the poorest counties in the country and rely on those funds for basic needs like healthcare or infrastructural monies for roads or plumbing. So it does matter who is or who is not a Cherokee unfortunately. The fact is neither candidate has given any indication of a clue about Native America. And for the record I was giving Ms. Warren the benefit of the doubt but after not even attempting to reach out to Native folk after this debacle began, I've changed my mind about her. I would hope that seeing this mess she would invest in congressional issues affecting Indian Country and issue some sort of false promise, as politicians are wont. But not even that has happened.
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 21:03