My feelings are mixed on this topic. One one hand I want to instantly judge the Cherokee tribe for casting out a people they once upon a time may have accepted in adoption. On the other hand I think how preciously I guard my identity. Many Natives today have never lived on a reservation and don't know what it's like to grow up traditionally. Some may not have ever known the ancestor from which they acquired thier blood quantum, yet they lay claim to the title of being Native American like a status symbol. Its in reaction to people such as this that I wonder, 'what's in it for them?", why do they want to call themselves Cherokee? Is it the title? Is is the benefits? Do they simply feel robbed of freedom thier ancestors fought for and recieved? I will say this. I am very disturbed the Federal Government intervieved on this matter. Crude as these decisions might have been, they were, and are, none of our damn business. Tribal entities are sovereign. That means they have the right to govern themselves without Uncle Sam slapping on the wrist and making them play nice with the other kids in the class.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 19:19