under the "new model" it might not make sense, but many tribes (back in the day when we had real sovereignty and not just whatever "sovereignty" the federal government "allows" us)would consider people who married into the tribe to be members. Keep in mind - back then membership wasn't about money, it was about family. These days we are caught up in this vicious cycle of internalized oppression - our opportunities (and our sovereignty) are limited by the US gov. We therefore have limited (and often insufficient) resources. So what do we do? We kick people out of our tribes so that we get a bigger cut. We go around telling other people they aren't Indian enough (usually because we at some point have been told that and we need to reassert our identity by becoming the person that passes that judgment) and what gets lost is what's important - real community, real self-determination, real interconnectedness. We need each other now more than ever, yet we are acting like dogs fighting over the scraps our "masters" throw down to us. Instead we should be looking at how to reestablish ourselves so that we can become self-sufficient, and not just through casinos either. Then the issue of indian identity will start being about family and tradition again (inclusive), not about money(exclusive).
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 18:02