Total historical revisionism. "Under Indian custom, it was possible for a full blooded white man and die a full blooded Indian''??? And then proceeds to reference 'Dances with Wolves" to support her incredibly stupid assertions!Jennings, and others who have very little or no Indigenous ancestry in the family tree, assert that ''culture'' and not "genetics" is what determines a person of his or her ''Indianness" is pure fantasy.(maybe she should have referenced Tatto from Fantasy Island on this one) If one didn't grow up in an Indigenous community nor have immediate family who lived as Indigenous persons how does one use ''culture'' as a criteria? Easy...just say ''I practice my culture therefore I"m entitled to be considered Indian". Sorry but it doesn't work this way in Indian Country. It's all about family, historical connections and relationships, and who your people are that makes one an Indian which all stem from pre-contact genealogy. Jennings sounds more like a self-loathing European and African American to me..nothing more. She should be proud of who she really is and not what she wishes to be.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 20:46