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Old 01-12-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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Default Are you Native American and do you get any benefits from it?

Are you one of those who are 1/8 or 1/16 Native American and get benefits from the state and or government?
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:39 PM
 
Location: nc
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I'm 1/16th, but I don't believe in affirmative action. I think it promotes the idea that being of a different ethnicity is a disadvantage.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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I'm 1/16th, but I don't believe in affirmative action. I think it promotes the idea that being of a different ethnicity is a disadvantage.
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are you a registered member in your tribe?
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: nc
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No, it requires a lot of paperwork and digging for tribal records my mom said. Not worth it. It was a grandmother on my dad's side that was full-blooded Cherokee and plus I'm estranged from him. I do enjoy reading Cherokee proverbs but other than that I'm not really into anything related to my heritage. I don't even look Cherokee except for my nose. My sister does though, she's really dark with dark hair and dark eyes. I look more Irish I guess, fair, freckles and blonde.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Why did you ask this? j/w if u are Native American.
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Old 01-12-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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Why did you ask this? j/w if u are Native American.
I just discovered that I'm 1/4 N.A. My mom's dad, who died when she was a kid was fulkl blooded.
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Owasso, OK
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Are you one of those who are 1/8 or 1/16 Native American and get benefits from the state and or government?
I am slightly less than an 1/8 or 1/16... well ok- a LOT less. But I still have a CDIB card!

Anywho- the only benefit I get is free healthcare if so desired. My tribe also offers scholarships for college students that can basically pay for books. But, anything helps. My tribe will also dig a water well for members and offers low interest mortgages for those who qualify. It takes years to get approved for those two services. I also get a tribal tag for my car and do not have to pay State excise tax as long as I live within the tribal boundaries. My tribe operates a casino and contributes a percentage to public education and road maintanence.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:27 PM
 
Location: nc
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I think 1/16th is the federal cut off, I guess the tribes can count whatever they want though
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:25 PM
 
Location: FROM Dixie, but IN SoCal
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Are you one of those who are 1/8 or 1/16 Native American and get benefits from the state and or government?
Yes, I am just about half Native American (Mississippi Choctaw, actually). No, I am not a card-carrier. No, I do not get benefits. No, I do not want benefits -- let them go to my brothers and sisters who need them.

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Old 01-15-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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I think 1/16th is the federal cut off, I guess the tribes can count whatever they want though
Wrong, it depends on what tribe. Some like the Cherokee Nation is a decendency tribe, you must be able to trace an ancestor to the Dawes Rolls and there is no blood quantum requirment, others have a blood quantum requirment and it varies from tribe to tribe.

BTW, odd question for the geneaology forum especially about the benefits. There are many who are NDN with a significant blood quantum but are not elegible for tribal benefits.
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