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Old 10-12-2004, 10:27 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by kiyaanii mom
It wish there was a way to determine Indianness from this. Because Blood Quantum isn't everything....

But then how would we keep out the wannabes......

Very complex topic.
The Quantum system was not designed to keep out wannabes, it wasn't even designed by Native people. What the quantum system was designed to do was determine who is a citizen (non-natives) and who was not (natives). the less natve blood you had, the more human you were and thusly the more likely you were to be a decent land tending citizen. Remember, the policy of the day was nits beget lice... best to cut off the problem at it's source - coincidently the same aim (hah, a pun) of boarding school, allotment, and the entire reservation system (which wasn't supposed to be dissolved after the indians had the savage bred or beat out of them). The quantum system of enrollment also made it easier to steal land (allotment again) and destroy extened family relations (the jealousy and greed that often accompanied land deals on the reservation at this time). If you're not really native, why not sell your lil piece of the rez, right?

Insidious and sinister, that's blood quantum. India is doing somthing similar today with people they want to get rid of - the popular prejudice is to call it "statistical genocide" - the idea that eventually, there will be no one left who can legally call him/herself from that group. It was the same intent here... the problem is it just didn't quite do it's job as exactly or as quickly as was planned.

In short, it's a trick, get an axe.

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