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Re: The Politics of Citizenship and Recognition


Your message was interesting, but as we all know, politics is a strange thing indeed. I recall that several years ago, noted actor James Earl Jones received an "award" of some kind from the Cherokee Nation, and it was said by the presenters that since he is part Cherokee, he was receiving the award. This fine actor, whom many of us admire, was born and raised in Mississippi, (not Cherokee country) and it appears that his parents are of Mississippi origins as well. At the same time, thousands of persons with documented ties to that nation (and four other nations as well) in fact, don't receive a nod of any kind let alone "recognition" and efforts abound to deny their documented presence.

This is why more than ever, researching one's history and genealogy is so critical. Historical documentation is a part of what we must understand cannot be ignored.

Of course issues of enrollment, which are political ones based on spreading the "benefits" to a selected few. Enrollment privileges are part of a political construct which should not derail one from one's resarch.

It is the research using sound methodology that will produce quality publications, create arenas for clear discourse and from which other initiatives can begin. To undertand these ironies pertaining to "enrollment" a sound foundation of research and scholarship is essential. That is why we research, document and continue our endeavors.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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