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Re: National Reactions to Cherokee Vote
In Response To: National Reactions to Cherokee Vote ()
I don't agree with the vote. I think this situation is illogical. Most Cherokees aren't full-blooded to begin with, and that is common for most tribes (even Navajos or other southwest Natives). DNA testing could prove that easily.
In terms of expelling tribal members, I think that should happen if they have a habit of not wanting other Natives to succeed. I have seen that happen too many times. I know of a Plains Indian who emphatically does not want other Natives to be successful in college basketball or academics because it would bother his ego too much. Sports Illustrated wrote an article on talented Crow basketball players, and the guy tried his best to downplay their talent. I think guys like that should have their tribal membership revoked.
African Americans have become celebrated participants in college and professional sports, but most reservation Natives rarely get recruited for Division I athletics. That Plains Indian guy from Montana who doesn't want Natives to succeed because it would bother his ego too much is the most ridiculous traitor. I have seen other examples of that on different occasions - hypercompetitive Natives who are so competitive that they don't want other Natives to be successful. It doesn't always happen, but it's out there and I've seen it. Those are the tribal members who should be revoked, not the Cherokee Freedmen.
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