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That wasn't too hard?

November 1 2011 at 6:17 PM
Allen L. Lee  (Login xixv)
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"As for me, by your explanation of "Cherokee", I have not to date tried to find my "Cherokee-Legal-Trail".
It is important to honor our heritage. I have heritage from Choctaw Freedmen, but I can not and do not call myself a Choctaw, not by any percentage. From the other side of my heritage I have slave heritage from Haiti, I dont not call myself x percent Haitian or x percent slave. I can wear Dreadlocks for a lifetime and be a Rastafarian by religion, but I can not call myself a Jamaican. If I am recognized by Haiti as a Haitian I would have dual citizenship, each equaling 100% of the specific nationality. There is no dividing it up 50% American, 50% Haitian, or say 33 1/3 Choctaw, 33 1/3 Haitian, 33 1/3 American. the only thing outside of Indian country that comes close to this quantum issue is the 3/5 compromise, ironically known also as the Federal Ratio, for slaves as a population standard. That type of thinking ended for slaves a long time ago, yet it still exists among Indians? My suggestion is you approach the Nations or Peoples you claim a heritage from and ask them if they will recognize you. Self proclamation is subject to recognition by the true bearers.

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