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Old 10-12-2004, 01:21 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by tradish_wiyan
I have a very political issue...What are your thoughts on Blood Quantum? The Federal Government defines being "Indian" by 1/4 or more degree of indian blood. That means, they only "Fund" those who are 1/4 more degree of Indian Blood. What about decendents? What about "indians" who don't know anything about their culture, language, history or even their relatives?

Post your thoughts here...after a few posts, i'll post mine.
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t_wiyan:

The federal government does not define who is an Indian. Tribes do this to determine their membership. The majority of tribes have a minimum blood quantum requirement of 1/4 or more degree of blood to qualify for membership.

However in some tribes such as the Cherokee, you just have to prove you are a lineal descendent of someone who was on the Dawes roll to qualify for membership. Thus, their membership is made up of both full-bloods and individuals with 512ths degree of Cherokee.


Defining who is an Indian is a four sided ax . . .

Side one - The federal government accepts who the federally recognized tribes decide are a part of their membership: for purposes of census, educational/health/social/housing services and assistance.

Side two - (Hypothetically Speaking)If card indentification is ended and individuals who carry a card are no longer recognized by both tribes and the federal government THEN, anyone who simply states they are an Indian will be eligible for services that are currently federally obligated to go to Indian people.

Side three - Many people who ARE Indian but not recognized as tribal members (by federally recognized tribes) are often not recognized for federal, tribal or urban services because they don't carry a card.

Side four - If you have blonde hair or look like you have African Heritage (even if you do carry a card), sometime in your life, an identifiable Indian is going to question your Indianness.
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