African-Native American Genealogy Forum
A Battle for Recognition
I am not throughly familiar with the ongoing battles that are being waged by 'black' peoples to gain recognition of their heritage. I have been following, as well as I can, the recent contretemps relating to the Cherokees. These same issues are also being addressed in other tribes, with much less publicity.
It is ironic that now, those who voted to exclude the descendents of slaves of Cherokees now find that they actually voted to exclude themselves as well. They bought into the rhetoric, and now must face the consequences. I think this is far from over. Caveat emptor.
I am hopeful that this vote will result in an understanding of the true meaning of the issues, and that the ones who now find themselves disenfranchised by their very vote will now seek a fuller understanding of the issues involved.
P.S. According to my family's oral history, my maternal great grandmother was of Cherokee blood and my paternal grandmother was a full-blooded Native American of Apalachee origin. These are back burner topics to me, however, because I am having a difficult enough time trying to trace my ancestry without being sidetracked. I just want to get to know them, whatever their ethnic heritage may have been.
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