Thank you so much for this article. I am approximately 1/4 native by blood. I am actually in the process right now of having my DNA tested to find out my maternal ancestry that goes way back, as well as my blood quantum for my native american ancestry. But, as I told one of my daughters, it makes no difference to me how much or how little native blood I have. THIS IS WHO I AM AS A HUMAN BEING. These are my values, my beliefs, my life. Many people, especially whites, are very judgemental towards me because they don't want to accept that someone who looks very Irish, would choose to identify and live their life as a traditional native american. I completely agree that it's vital for us as a people to create our own definition of societal membership, and not allow someone else to choose it for us. Thank you again.
Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 12:18