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Old 09-26-2017, 07:24 AM   #23
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Further, Tainos entered the US body politic in the 1890's -- after the Indian Appropriation Act of March 3, 1871, which ended treaty making and changed the legal definition of Indian individuals. There could be no treaties made between the US and the Taino of PR. Without that treaty, there is no government to government relationship between the Taino and US.

Treaties are between nations. There aren't generic treaties between all Indians and the US. Each was between a tribe or block of tribes. Subsequent law and custom has unified aspects of these relations -- like how educational and health service promised under treaty are provided. But an individual Indian's relationship to the feds arises from his membership within his tribe.

Liz, this isn't about saying "we're in and you're out." This is not a game of one-upsmanship. It is about a matter that goes to the heart of the political construction of Native identity. Like I said earlier, treaties are important. This complex political status is a legacy of those treaties. It is an acknowledgment of our various nations' sovereignty. Sovereignty is a life-blood issue in Indian Country.

Please understand, Native identity has political and cultural components. Cards, federal and state recognition are parts of political Indianess.


If I had to guess your apparently desperate search for a some political group to join is more of a reflection of a feeling of inauthenticity. Again, paper doesn't make an Indian; Indians make Indians. The heart of cultural Indianess is family, clan (if your folks count things that way), and community. These are what make you Indian. These are in your family.

Last edited by OLChemist; 09-26-2017 at 07:27 AM.. Reason: Dang auto-correct. Mr Computer, you can't read my mind because the print is too blurry.
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