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Re: The Politics of Citizenship and Recognition

Thank you Ms. Walton-Rajj: I posted those articles to show examples of how politcal, varied and selective ancestral claims can be. In my youth I took a lot (ancestral ties) for granted. We (all) believe what our families tell us; of who we are, where we're from and, what we can be(come). As I've posted before, I didn't have the benefit of growing up with many of my extended family around due to re-location. If at 5 or 10 years old I knew what I know today, I would've asked the exact questions. The older one becomes, the realization of how important families are (good or bad) is essential to well being.

It wasn't until I had to "prove" who I knew I was (tribally speaking)that I've become annoyed with and interested in why others see fit to deny anyone their tribal nation blood rights. One can only imagine how Churchill must feel without family coming forward to claim him or back him up.

I have been reading Saunt's book (just past p.150) and want to contribute to another thread concerning his research. I keep hoping that someone will post a name familiar to my research;(my maternal Mitchells of Okmulgee,or Langston, OK). I enjoy your website because of the varied questions, and thought provoking comment posts; and hope that I can continue to add meaningful contributions.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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