I agree with what you say in the first six paragraphs that support the title of your article dealing with the misuse of the "federal recognized" moniker. Being "federally recognized" is an issue between the tribe and the federal government alone. But then in paragraph 7 you start straying off to discuss your attitude about the federal recognition process and then you state that "the failed hypothesis of “federally recognized as definer of ‘real’ Indian” is a form of violence". Who are you blaming if others misuse the term "federally recognized"? The term was devised to identify which tribes are eligible for federal benefits. Why shouldn't the federal government be able to identify between those eligible and those who are not? You yourself mention the existence of "illegitimate, newly arrived groups" and you quote an individual who mentions the "fakes waiting in the wings". But you offer no ideas on how to deal with the illegitimates, fakes, wannabes, etc. Is it your belief that anyone claiming to be Native American or any group claming to be a legitimate Native American Tribe should automatically be accepted? If the federal government is filling the trough, shouldn't the federal government have a say for who feeds at that trough?
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 19:59