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Old 11-17-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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The Current Chief of the Cherokee Nation is Bill John Baker and he is only 1/32nd native american. Is this enough to really identity yourself as a native american?




If someone told you they were only 1/32nd native american but identified as a native american would you find that strange at all?
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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This sounds like a guy with his own agenda. One that may or may not be favorable to real Native Americans. I woudn't think that would be close to enough to claim Native American status.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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Seriously? He's the Chief of the Cherokee Nation and you question whether he is a Native American?
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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It should not be so much questioning that man himself but using him as an example. When someone in general has such a distant relation to a specific ancestry going back many generations in this case. Is it strange for that person to completely identify themselves with that distant ancestry? When the vast majority of their ancestry is not at all related to that group.

I've heard of similar cases of people with very distant native ancestries identifying themselves as native american. This man is just an extreme example in my view.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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Perhaps it is to claim a right to some tax free gambling licenses? Makes me think of Robert Ludlum's one comedy oriented novel which revolved around using Indian Reservation (and concocted status) as sanctuary for money making via classification technicality. I think it was The Road To Omaha.

My instinct would be he's doing so (just as most political types) for his personal self aggrandizement / gain, and not the people's interests he's supposedly representing.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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It means that one of his great great grandparents, two of his great great great grandparents, or etc. was full blooded Cherokee so I'd say he's a small part AI.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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This sounds like a guy with his own agenda. One that may or may not be favorable to real Native Americans. I woudn't think that would be close to enough to claim Native American status.
Well since he was actually elected by the majority (54%) of the Cherokee Nation (including the Cherokee Freedmen) I would say that if they are fine with it then why should we question that fact.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Well since he was actually elected by the majority (54%) of the Cherokee Nation (including the Cherokee Freedmen) I would say that if they are fine with it then why should we question that fact.
After all, we elected a Kenyan as our chief.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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It worked for Elizabeth Warren.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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No. I wouldn't. Just like I don't consider myself Creole even though my mom is half.
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