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

I read it and agree to some extent. Like I said, if its just around the dinner table, inside the family, well and good. And I'm sure its probably true the vast majority of wannabes do that and go no further. But for those who go beyond that province, I must stand up and speak against them. The joining of hands and creating of wannabe groups is extremely dangerous to the real tribes. The demand for recognition, services and sovereignty all create a dangerous situation for the real tribes. Anyone who claims to speak on behalf of the Cherokee people without the consent of the Cherokee people is an oppressor of my people. And I do consider some without Cherokee blood to be Cherokees. Likewise I consider some with blood not to be Cherokees. I include among the former many freedmen, adopted whites, Shawnees and Delawares, along with a few Creeks and Natchez Indians adopted into the tribe. Included among the latter are people descended from Cherokees who abandoned their Cherokee nationality (however that may have happened) and just became Americans. You see, being Cherokee isn't about "having" or "not having" blood. Its about getting that nod from the Cherokee people. By the same token, having some blood, if its not recognized by the Cherokee people, means nothing (except perhaps around the dinner table). Those who can prove nothing, but still make the claim are wannabes. Those that have blood but do not meet our citizenship requirements are the outtalucks. And please stop confusing tribal enrollment/registration with the federal certification known as the CDIB. All the CDIB does is "certify" as to a specific degree of blood. By itself, it is not proof of tribal membership. They are completely different animals. For the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma any degree of blood will do. For the Eastern Cherokees a minimum degree of 1/16 is required. And for the Keetoowah Cherokees a degree of 1/4 is required. The Freedmen who got registered with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma in 2006 to 2007 were never asked to obtain a CDIB card, and yet they proved themselves to be Cherokees (not Indians, but Cherokees nonetheless) and were registered.

I know it may seem like I beat a dead horse regarding the wannabe issue. But it also seems to be that the number of people recently claiming to be Indian/Cherokee just never stops. I feel like I'm in that movie "Night of the Living Dead," with long dead Cherokee zombies crawling out of the grave. I keep fighting them off, but more just keep popping up.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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