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  •  My husband's grandmother (1+ / 0-)
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    insisted to her dying day that her straight, lustrous dark hair and round, high-cheekboned face were the features of an Italian woman, despite the entire family knowing that her parents had been from the Cherokee, Delaware, and Miami tribes. She hated her grandson for his involvement with the native component of his heritage. When I look at her picture at eighteen, I see a very pretty and unmistakeably Native American girl.

    My husband doesn't look native, but that's primarily due to being a blond. But he has his grandmother's cheekbones, and more dangerously the response to ethanol. That almost killed him.

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