How do you know whether someone is "Cherokee by Blood"? You don't. You know what their genealogy says, who they are acknowledged to be descended from and assumptions about that relative/ancestor's blood quorum. You can't know what someone's blood is - I know very little about Cherokee slavery, but if it was anything like American slavery, then likely there were a lot of illegitimate children born to black mothers who had Cherokee fathers. I frankly think this whole thing is a mix of racism (well illustrated by your assumption that people who have been part of the tribe for years are somehow only motivated by greed) and the desire to cover up the Cherokee Nation's history of owning black slaves and, in the eyes of some, mimicking white colonial culture. This exclusion and the displacement and poverty that follow it are so reminiscent of things done to indians by whites that I am shocked no one else is acknowledging this parallel. It seems like the moment we start to make some money, then some of us start thinking that then we need to go treat others as badly as we were treated. WTH. As a morally righteous and politically effective tribal chairman once said to me - "What do you achieve by imitating a bad paradigm?"
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 20:20