"Confirm their Indian blood"? Really?! Considering that trend was started by white men as a way to control and track us, it's hysterical to me that any of us would ask for blood degrees or enrollment numbers. The only times you need proof of those two things is to jump through the bureaucratic hoops that have been put in place for us by the same people who began recording our blood degrees in the first place. No one needs documentation to share, speak their minds, hold a conversation, or write an article. Personally, I think it's sad that these "freedmen" have been disenrolled. There is no doubt that they are most likely of Cherokee descent. So why do some of us care so much about a piece of paper that was most likely inaccurately recorded to begin with? This isn't the first tribe in recent history who has disenrolled numerous members, entire families even, with the changing of the guards. Seems to me, especially since Native Americans account for a supposed 1% of the U.S. population, we should stick together and cultivate inner tribal relationships so we are strong. Oh wait. Less members, more per cap. We should all fight against this and consider an incident like this to be tribal corruption, plain and simple.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 22:36