Letter: Being a tribe is more than blood quantum

"Herald columnist Dorreen Yellow Bird should be ashamed of herself. Her antagonistic skepticism regarding the "true identity" of Indians, implying that my own tribe's chairman lacks enough Indian blood to be accepted in Yellow Bird's racial-profiling, inadvertently condemns the lineage of her own so-called "blond grandchildren".

What is wrong with this woman? Does she not comprehend that by embracing the racial blood quantum ideology that Native Americans have argued against the federal government for decades, she actually contributes toward the ignorant, racist sentiment that perhaps one day, American Indians will be extinct? If he were alive today, perhaps Gen. George Armstrong Custer would speak highly of Yellow Bird."

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