do you think there is a stigma against some tribes to another? like feuds between say Navajos and Hopis or between the Shoshoni groups? what tribe are you and do you see anything like that happening with your tribe or surrounding tribes/groups/bands?
Honestly yes, I think there is still some tension between tribes. The Navajo’s and the Hopi’s is a perfect example because they continued to have land disputes into the 90s. So personally, I feel that there is still old tension between tribes out there, but it is dying out. I don’t notice anything like that in my tribe. But things like that mainly lie within my parents or grandparents generations.
I think my generation is just so effected by our history, and the shrinking numbers in our community, that we just look for other Natives, no matter what band or tribe, to feel that we’re not alone. To know that there’s more people like us out there, though some times they be few and far between. So we tend to let things like that go more, than the ones who came before us, because we just look for other Natives to identify with and befriend.
I am so glad I found this blog. I am actually over 25% native American. My great grandmother actually barely spoke English when I met her when I was a child. She was Sioux Indian. I happen to be Blackfoot, Sioux and Cherokee. I am proud of the native American blood I have. <3
Hi I know this may be very random, but I have a pic of my grandparents and I've been told they are Native Americas. Would it be ok if I send you this pic and you could tell me by possibly looking at them?
I’m sorry, but it’s not that simple. Natives, especially now, don’t fit a cookie-cutter mold in what we look like. I suggest you buy a DNA test like I’ve suggested here.
okay better question: where did you find all of that out?
Google is amazing. So are sites like Indian Country Today and Native Times which are designed to keep people informed on what’s going on in the Indigenous community. Plus when you go to a lot of Native events, or have a lot of family and friends in the community, you hear about what’s going on.
So I have a question. My grandfather is Cherokee and I believe he is part Blackfeet? Idk for sure. But I have one grandmother who told me she was something I don't know how to spell lol (sad) and Lumbee. I've looked up Lumbee tribes and found that they were not really accepted as being native Americans. Yet, some people have told my grandmother because she is lumbee she was originally suppose to have a green card which u found to be completely ridiculous for numerous reasons. But anyway, what do you know about Lumbee people? Are they really native American? From what Ive read they're not.
There reason there is some speculation about the Lumbee people is because research demonstrated that there were numerous mixed-race African American surnames in Lumbee ancestry. The Lumbee were mostly descendants of white women and African men, who worked and lived together in colonial Virginia. These connections have been traced for numerous individuals and families through court records, land deeds and other existing historical documents. It is believed that when they began to settle in Robeson County, they may have intermarried with Native American survivors and acculturated as Indian.
This one’s kind of a tough call as to whether or not the Lumbee people are actually Indigenous Americans or not. I think it’s more of a matter of personal opinion on this one because some people believe they are, and some people don’t because there’s more African American and mixed genealogy there than there is Native American.
In the 1950’s the U.S. Congress passed the Lumbee Act, which recognized the Lumbee as Native American people; but specifically withheld recognition for them as a “tribe.”
But in 2009, US Representative Mike McIntyre intended to grant the Lumbee Indians federal recognition. On June 3, 2009, the US House of Representatives voted 240 to 179 for federal recognition for the Lumbee tribe, acknowledging that they are the descendants of the Cheraw tribe. But the bill still needs approval by the full Senate before becoming law.
I think I spent a good hour last night reading your faq section and I must say it was very very eye opening. Your blog is beautiful, and I wanted to thank you for sharing. Though I'm not native, I own two dream catchers, both were given as gifts, both from people who have passed away making them some of the most important things I own. ( and no, I don't hang them in my car.) Just out of curiosity though, I was wondering how old you are, but I understand if you would rather not say.
Thank you. I really appreciate it when people take note of the FAQs. And I don’t mind sharing my age; I am 23, and my cousin is about to be 25.