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Re: My end of a recent conversation..
I think I know what you are trying to convey in your message, but I must respectfully disagree with you.
First of all, although refering to the original inhabitants of this continents as "Indian" is easier it robs that individual of their culture and their roots.
Second, I am Choctaw, and I am glad I can say I have Choctaw blood with all the rich history the name of my tribe represents. It represents a group of people distinctly differnt from the Navajo, the Sioux, or any other of the other 500+ federally recognized tribes of the United States.
To be Choctaw, to me, is to say I am part of a group of people who survived many forms of adversity, denial, and desecration. My tribe has preserved enough of its heritage, language, and customs to be able to pass them on to me and those like me who live precariously in two worlds. We are not unique in human history but by sticking together through those hard times that were unique to us, it kept us strong and it kept us from being assimilated into the generic "Indian" you would have us be. My ancestors fought, cried, pleaded via treaty, and died to remain Choctaw. To deny that would be to disregard those sacrifices made by a decimated people.
By your reasoning I wouldn't even be "Indian" because if you went back far enough, to before the people crossed the land bridge at the Bering Straight I would be Chinese. If we went even further back, we should all be considered African!! Perhaps at one time we were all part of one Universal Family, but we aren't any longer. Because we are all human we are part of each other but I, for one, am proud to be part of a smaller group with ties that anchor me more firmly to my history, my ancestors and to my humanity in general.
By the way, do you have genealogical roots that you are part of?
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