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Re: 2010 Census...& "Race"
In Response To: Re: 2010 Census...& "Race" ()

Greetings Wotko,

You picked up on one of the issues I had hoped could become part of the discussion.

When "Freedmen Descendants of the Five Slave Holding Tribes" categorize themselves as "Indian/Native American" and include which tribe are they in fact providing more funding for the tribes that aren't including them as citizens.

There then becomes more questions to ask. What about the 2800 people who have been given Cherokee citizenship, are they going to say I'm a freedmen of the Cherokee tribe and will that action provide part of that $300 million that the Cherokee tribes receives.

And if they don't mark the box for native american does that allow folks like the "Chief Who Shall Not Be Named" to respond with his usual retort that they are Non-Indian citizens or just Cherokee?

I would think there are thousands of people who claim "Native American" heritage (not sure if it is a race because of all the different tribes and their admixture) are they not contributing to the abuse and allocation of funds (by the way, is this a preferential program for the oppressed native american based on their oppression suffered as a result of "American" expansion and exploitation?)

If so, is that no different than the oppression the former slaves and their descendants who can't receive similar political status?

Clearly there is some duplicity involved in the matter of racial classification and how funding is allocated. Perhaps you are correct, the tribes and Congress need to hear our voices on matters such as this.

I'm just sayin'.....

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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