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Old 10-12-2004, 12:39 PM   #10
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I am definetly mixed on this issue. I'm enrolled Navajo at 1/2. Our blood quantum is 1/4. Our tribal council sets the limit, not the feds. (But they might have initially set it) Of my 4 kids I have 2 who have a non-ndn dad. (What was I thinking) They are enrolled 1/4. So if they do not marry navajo, their children will not legally be Navajo. (I guess I can get them enrolled Cherokee, cause their is no minimum. But they won't know much about it, cause I don't know much about it.)

At the same time there are thousands of full blood Navajos who are not learning to speak the language or our culture and traditions. Most of them live right here on the "REZ." Their children will legally be Navajo, but won't know what it means to be Navajo.

I feel like the feds insist on "paper" like you register your dogs, horses and cats. Latin Americans do not have to indicate what fraction their blood quantum is.

But on the other hand I understand the financial implications of higher or lower blood quantum.

I know one tribe the if you are more than one tribe they will count all your NDN blood quantum on their rolls. So if you are 1/2 Navajo and 1/8 Cherokee then you would be 5/8 on their rolls. Maybe more tribes should consider that.......
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