• Who's a Native American? It's complicated: Claiming Native American ancestry is one thing, but claim
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[QUOTE=Gordy H.;35962401]Half Ojibwe and member of the Leech Lake Tribal Band. GIVE ME SOME RECOGNITION DAMNIT.[/QUOTE] You're a tribal citizen?
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;35962419]You're a tribal citizen?[/QUOTE] Yep, I'm a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. I don't live on the reservation or anything, but obviously I do meet the 1/4 blood quantum rule the band has.
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;35957971]I'm roughly 50% German, 25% Polish, 24% Irish and 1% English. I usually just say I'm German because it's the majority of my blood and my last name is German.[/QUOTE] I can't even say what I am. I have some Greek in me, my biological grandfather was actually from Greece, so assuming he was 100% Greek -which is silly to say, because who the fuck is Greek? Would someone Arab who lived in Greece during Ottoman reign be considered Greek? What about someone who can trace lineage to the Romans? Does someone have to trace back to Classical Greece to be considered Greek? But I digress. - That would put me at 25% Greek, but I don't know how "Greek" my grandfather was. I am also partially Norwegian because apparently my mom can trace some ancestry back to Norway at some point in time, god knows how long ago. I am also somehow Native American, since my grandfather is either "full" or "half" Native American, but fuck me if I know what tribe it is, he used to say Lummy but now he says some Aleutian tribe in Alaska, but that puts me at a quarter or sixth max. I am also probably English of some sort. Oddly enough, I have no German(that I know of), but my last name is German. Go fucking figure, right? Tracing lineage is one of the most silly things imaginable in this day and age. If you're a human being you can trace lineage to Africa anyways, so I guess I can say that I'm African-American too. It's sort of ridiculous. [editline]15th May 2012[/editline] Holy shit fuck this computer I'm going to fix the paragraphs on my other computer brb.
Nez Perce, one of the best exp. of my life, was at a Nez Perce reservation in Idaho, had a session in a sweat lodge in the village, one of the coolest(hottest) things ever. Was with around 8 close friends including some of the village elders, we would strip down naked and then go into this sweat lodge and periodically, slowly, one of the elders would pour water onto the smouldering rocks and it would get hotter, and hotter, and hotter. They also would burn sage making the most wonderful smell and tell old stories of the tribe. After about 15 minutes(and trust me you can't last any longer than that) we would all go out and dump frigid water on ourselves and take a break and get ready for another session a few minutes later.
I am 100% shark
[QUOTE=yawmwen;35962552]I can't even say what I am. I have some Greek in me, my biological grandfather was actually from Greece, so assuming he was 100% Greek -which is silly to say, because who the fuck is Greek? Would someone Arab who lived in Greece during Ottoman reign be considered Greek? What about someone who can trace lineage to the Romans? Does someone have to trace back to Classical Greece to be considered Greek? But I digress. - That would put me at 25% Greek, but I don't know how "Greek" my grandfather was. I am also partially Norwegian because apparently my mom can trace some ancestry back to Norway at some point in time, god knows how long ago. I am also somehow Native American, since my grandfather is either "full" or "half" Native American, but fuck me if I know what tribe it is, he used to say Lummy but now he says some Aleutian tribe in Alaska, but that puts me at a quarter or sixth max. I am also probably English of some sort. Oddly enough, I have no German(that I know of), but my last name is German. Go fucking figure, right? Tracing lineage is one of the most silly things imaginable in this day and age. If you're a human being you can trace lineage to Africa anyways, so I guess I can say that I'm African-American too. It's sort of ridiculous. [editline]15th May 2012[/editline] Holy shit fuck this computer I'm going to fix the paragraphs on my other computer brb.[/QUOTE] No, there isn't any real practical use of tracing heritage (other than for Native Americans said in the article) but I still find it fascinating to know where and what my ancestors were doing during WWII, WWI, the Civil War, etc.
I personally think that tracing lineage is sort of dumb even for Tribal Citizenship. I think ultimately the question should be if you are a contributing member and resident on Tribal Lands. Can you imagine the backlash the US would face if they only accepted people who could trace lineage to England? It's pretty useless. Why should Native Americans be so concerned over preserving their bloodlines? Shouldn't they be more concerned preserving their traditions and their land? If someone is completely English, but contributes heavily to the Skokomish Tribe, shouldn't he be considered a Native American?
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