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  •  The tribes determine who their members are (0+ / 0-)

    See here for example the rules listed by the Seminole Tribe of Florida:

    In order to apply for membership in the Seminole Tribe of Florida you must meet three requirements. First, you must have a minimum of one-quarter Florida Seminole blood (that is, one of your grandparents must have been a full-blooded Florida Seminole). Second, you must be able to prove (with written documentation) that you are directly related to a Florida Seminole who was listed on the 1957 Tribal Roll, which is the Base Roll of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Finally, you must be sponsored for enrollment by someone who is currently a member of the Tribe. It is the responsibility of each applicant to do their own research and anecdotal evidence is not acceptable (that is, family traditions are not enough). Nor does the Tribe provide research for applicants. That's where the Relatively Speaking service comes in. It has great information on identifying your ancestors.

    •  Ah, thanks (1+ / 0-)
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      In my experience on application forms, they don't make this stipulation apparent, they just ask about blood heritage and ancestry, not current tribal membership.

      If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people. --Tony Benn

      by rhetoricus on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:17:07 PM PDT

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      •  That was probably the case for Warren (0+ / 0-)

        I don't think she gave much thought to it.  It was probably common for folks to do this at the time, and employers don't have a vested interest in making an issue of it, because it makes it easier to show a higher number of minorities in your workforce.  But that's why I think it is a non-trivial issue, and this is something that Warren, especially as a lawyer, perhaps should have considered.

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