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Old 09-15-2018, 12:11 PM   #20
Stephan Grundy
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I don't care what color you are. I don't care how many alleles you have. I don't care what you call yourself in the privacy of your own home. You can trot around the internet calling yourself a Inuit and Cherokee descendant, 'til the cows come home. Be a descendant. Be a proud descendant. But wait for the community to call you by name.

I'm sorry but you have a poor grasp of how issues of Indian identity affect tribal communities in the states. You do not live in them; you do not live near them. You can read and visit but that is only shallow knowledge. Perhaps you have parallels in your country, but I don't know enough to say yeah or nay on that.

I agree with this. I am one generation (according to family lore, which may or may not even be accurate - and since that side of the family are still rotten bigots and have constantly refused to give us crucial information, I'll probably never know for sure) away from hypothetically, if I actually could get the information, registering as an Apache. But even if I were 50%, or 100%, documented Apache, with my personal cultural history and focus (which has chiefly been geared towards academic study and practical reconstruction of the religion of the Scandinavian side of my family), I would have no right to call myself Apache or try to sign up for any benefits as a result of that. My doctorate is in Scandinavian religion; I have learned to speak most of the Northern languages and read all of them. If I, even with an undocumentable probably-one-generation-too-late Apache heritage, had had the same calling to my Native ancestry and put the same thirty-plus years of effort into learning and being part of the nation that I have put into studying and understanding my Norse ancestors...then that would be different. If that had been the case, then, well, my impression is that every tribe can make a place for someone who makes a serious, long-term, full-out effort to become part of it (and I don't mean "Dances With German Shepherds" bs...I mean learning the languages, living the life, and a fair amount of shutting up and listening to learn).
But I could be 100% Apache genetically, and, had I been raised as I was and called by the Northern gods as I have been for these many years, I still would have no business calling myself part of the Apache nation. If I could fully document family lore, and were one generation further back and legally entitled - I would not be morally entitled to check "Native American", or to attempt to gain any of the (fairly pathetic in comparison to the actual losses) compensations now given.
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