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  •  I support anyone's right to know their heritage, (5+ / 0-)
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    Aji, Eric Nelson, chimene, navajo, Avilyn

    not simply for ethnological reasons, but for reasons of health. As the inheritor of some interesting and challenging neurology, it would be medically helpful for me and my son to have access to more information about the paternal side of my birth family. And I know the information exists, because it is in a sealed record.

    There must be some way to permit those already alive to access such records without endangering something like tribal sovereignty. Hopefully access could be permitted that protects the rights of all citizens, without harming the rights of the First Nations.

    You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

    by 4Freedom on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:28:19 PM PST

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    •  Not likely. Look at the history. (6+ / 0-)

      But, again, what records?  I'm not sure they're there, certainly not for our generation's ancestors.  If you're talking about birth records of, say grandparents, well, there likely aren't any, on the NDN side.  Home births were the norm, and often not recorded - or once they were, they were recorded incorrectly.  Hell, we found out just a few years ago that Wings's own birth certificate, filed with the state, transposed his first and middle names.  It took weeks of battling all the way up to the state MVD director himself just to get his license renewed.

      My point is that, for a lot of people, there are no records - which means there's nothing to find.  And when there's nothing to find, making new laws that will inevitably be used to infringe on tribes' sovereignty and autonomy, that will do nothing to solve the problem of nonexistent records, can only do harm.

      Unless, of course, you're talking about known but sealed adoption records, which is another matter entirely.  But that's not an Indian issue; it's a family law issue that crosses all ethnic lines.

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      by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:37:52 PM PST

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