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  •  Okay, a question in good faith. (8+ / 0-)

    When I have to check a box, it's the old white invaders full of hellfire, brimstone and a 1600's world view. For perspective, I'm not sure much of the 17th and 18th century white culture should be replicated.

    I don't want to claim their heritage nor protect it. Sex, bad; slaves, good just doesn't work for me.  Do we ask every box checker for a show of support for their history?? Or only Native Americans? Does every African American have to be an active member of NAACP and watch Sharpton every nite? What about Asian Americans? Latinos??

    The question: Are we holding Warren to a higher standard? Or just anyone who claims Native American heritage?

    •  i hold anyone that checks any of those boxes (12+ / 0-)

      to a higher standard. I check the veteran's box on applications...but only because I am and I work hard on veteran's issues.  My husband does not check that box...despite his years in the National Guard. His answer...I did my 4 years instead of being drafted, so let someone else get the benefit.

      Each to their own conscience would be y answer.

      Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841

      by SallyCat on Sun May 06, 2012 at 05:08:31 PM PDT

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    •  I think Warren did Ok (17+ / 0-)

      As a tribal official I've had experience with tribal enrollment issues and I fully understand what Ms Warren did. At the time it wasn't done to recieve any benefit such as a scholarship. Her explanation of wanting to connect with Indian people or the native community therefore rings true to me.

      She, like so many Americans and especially Okies, has a family history of being part Indian. This family lore often spikes a real curiosity about their heritage. In addition the Cherokee Nation does not require a certain blood quantum to be a citizen. I know Cherokee with blood quantum in the 1/200th or how ever one writes it. It only depends on whether an ancestor is on one of several government rolls.

      We must also remember that back when she did the checking the Cherokee were under much more direct control of the tribes government. We didn't have the sovereignty we now enjoy so getting proof of tribal connections was much harder. Now the Nation has an enrollment office where one can check out such things.

      Seeking to find out about ones Indian ancestors is a very common thing for Americans to do. I've answered literally thousands of such questions over the years and I've answered quite a few from kossacks since I've been here. So I find Warrens checking of the box a common and normal thing for a fellow okie to do.

      America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

      by cacamp on Sun May 06, 2012 at 08:04:15 PM PDT

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