This reminds me of when I started lobbying the Texas Legislature on behalf of the Texas Indian Bar Association. I got regularly asked in legislative offices whether I was a "federal Indian." It was the only time in my life when my CDIB from the BIA became more important in something I was trying to accomplish than my tribal card from my tribal government! Before that, I had understood the legal fact of federal recognition of tribes, but I had never heard the term "federal Indian." Even now, it seems vaguely insulting.
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 13:47