I agree with Mr. Wolfe in that too many people are being counted as Cherokee who may not have any connection to any of the Cherokee tribes, but only want to claim it. Every time I met someone at the powwows I attend it always seems they are Cherokee, and after awhile I thought this had to be the most prolific tribe in the country, then I started to think that many of these people may well be "wannabes" fans of the Native American and they take it too far. It is like the cult like fans of Rob Zombie who identify themselves as Zombies--they aren't sci-fi dead nor true kin to the rocker but just true over the edge fanatical fans. This may be the case for some of these self-proclaimed but not truely identified Cherokees. In my opinion those people need to drop the act, be proud of who they really are and be ADVOCATES. I am a Human/Animal/Earth rights advocate and I have advocated for Native Americans on several ocassions, but I am a VERY proud IRISH woman and I won't dig deep for something that isn't in my lineage such as Native American blood. I can advocate and still be who I am. As for the Census count, the best fix would be for the Native Nations to do the count themselves and then turn it into the government, but funny or tricky thing to this is if the numbers are lower the money the government allots will also be lower, so the padded count, though it may seem insulting, may be somehow beneficial...working the system so to speak. Think about it.
Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 15:56