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Old 10-12-2004, 11:53 AM   #11
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OK, here are my 2 cents. We have been told from the time we were teenagers that if we want our children enrolled and eligible for services, including land ownership, then we find a spouse from our reservation. We were told that from day one. Now when I bring that up, I realized that not everybody was raised "traditionally" and were not taught of lineage and passing on the culture and traditions. Our language here is in the revitalization stages. Now, there are some radicals who want to abolish the blood quantum to "decendency"...I disagree with that because when a woman marries...she takes on her husbands cultures and traditions (typically) and the children of that relationship typically take on the fathers heritage. When are we going to teach our Indian youth to find other Indians to keep the traditions and cultures? We are so worried about keeping our culture alive, but what are we doing about it? We need to teach our children the facts...the government does not fund 1/8th...regardless of what your tribe's requirements are. If you are from a reservation with economic opportunities, then the funding comes from the tribe itself. But when you are from a tribe with very little to no economic development, the funding comes from the government who only funds 1/4 or more.

I liked the comment before about the "radical" idea...if you want Indian children...MARRY AND INDIAN!!!!
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