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Re: United Cherokee Nation, The Answer!!

David,

You said:

Most Americans think nothing of the capture, detention and deportation of Mexicans who live in this country in violation of federal law. Most don't even care that American born children are left without parents.

I say:

I don't agree. I believe that most Americans are sickened when children are separated from their parents. I certainly am.

By the way, I don't believe that someone born to foreign parents should automatically be able to opt for U.S. citizenship, simply because they were born on U.S. soil. And it doesn't matter to me if the parents were in the U.S. legally at the time of the child's birth or not.

Our immigration laws, as everyone knows, are in dire need of an overhaul. We occasionally work to change our laws to make them more fair. Is this not true of the Cherokee Nation? Or are the Cherokee frozen in time, frozen in 1906?

You said further:

They apply the law. But not when it comes to the romantic notions of Indian ancestry. I just don't get the hypocricy.

I say:

That's because most Americans don't really believe in the sovereignty of Indian nations, not even those who give it lip service. They do believe in the sovereignty of Italy and Senegal. Further, if I discuss my African, or my European, or my North American ancestry, no one thinks that I'm a citizen of any nation other than the United States. They view me as an American with an interesting (but not uncommon) ancestry. And that's right.

You said in a different post:

On the other hand, people who are descendants of Indians but not eligible for citizenship constantly try to impact our tribal governments, change the laws that affect us, pretend to be us to promote their view of our culture, heritage and art and otherwise make a nuisance of themselves.

I say:

Even Americans who don't claim to be of Indian ancestry can make a nuisance of themselves and frequently do. That's because the disposition of the federally recognized tribes is dependent on U.S. governmental agencies and legislative bodies, and ultimately on the American people.

You said, also in a previous post:

...they aren't Indian themselves; merely descendants

I ask:

"Merely"? Are you betraying some sense of superiority here? To the sensitive reader it might come across as sneering.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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