I think alot of the opinions and feelings expressed here are very understandable. Many of the native nations are now dependant on the dominant culture for their sustainence and their very survival, really. And, of course, since no matter how many tribes achieve federal recognition, the amount allotted for federal benefits usually doesn't increase in relation to the number of new tribes recognized. This results in a smaller slice of the pie for everyone, the higher the number of nations recognized. And since the dominant culture recognizes race over culture, it's not surprising that this has created a schism between those of higher blood quantum verses those of lower blood quantum. Also, I think it's understandable for people to wonder why those of us who do not look native american by race but who live the culture would be considered a strange phenomenon to everyone else, native and non-native included. We deal with alot of prejudice and intolerance because people don't understand why we choose to live the way we do. It's understandable especially coming from full-blood natives who have experienced almost nothing but intolerance, contempt, and abuse from other people who look like us. So, of course they are going to wonder about and suspect ulterior motives. Who wouldn't? But, know that the more people who respect, understand, and embrace native american cultural values, the better for everyone and Mother Earth.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 12:41