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Re: Why Must We Be Wannabees?
In Response To: Re: Why Must We Be Wannabees? ()

It is ridiculous to think that a person who doesnt have the "paperwork" to prove his lineage isnt who he says he is.

If you lost your CDIB card and your children were unable to find it, would that make you less than who you say you are?

It appears to be a very arrogant and elitest thought process to say that your authentic because the very government who put the Cherokee on a deliberate death march, allows you to be who you've always BEEN even before the Dawes Rolls were created, by giving you a card.

You dont know the history about every "wannabee or outaluck" so how can you assume thats what we are? Your paperwork was in place, good for you. Slaves were often entered into the slaveholders family without great thought to detail. Bad for us. All we have are our oral traditions and that works plenty fine for me. Isnt that how the First Peoples recorded their history? Cilvizations throught history have relied soley on this oral tradition. I wonder, if thats all you had, before you were issued your CDIB card, if it would be less valuable? Why is it valid for you but not for me?

I AM who I say I am and I AM who my family says I am, paper or not. Your desire to keep all but the purest Cherokee is remincisnt of how Europeans treated BOTH races in the past AND present. Its akin to J.K. Rowlings, Harry Potter when Voldamort tried to keep on the "pure bloods" at Hogwarts!

I dont have a PH.D but I DO have a great amount of common sense. Why would it matter to me what a government, who caused so much woe, oppression, depression, pain, poverty, evil and downright meanness? It means nothing to me.

My great grandmother, from what I am told, left her tribe and married my great great grandfather, she then took a Christian name. I have this documented in my family Bible. They had no reason to lie, they did pretty well after the emancupation. Great-great grandaddy took a Cherokee wife and they produced children. Our records, written almost a hundred years ago, state this and so it is. I dont need a card, a union, a group or the government to legalize my right to be who I am. So, according to MY family records, I am of European, Native and African descent. :D

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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