The ‘Blood Quantum’ Question, Part One

Our ancestors, '
the ones that had no  help crossing them (Their path to Creator), are rolling over in their graves because of your lack of concern from them and their descendants!

Suzan Shown Harjo points to a signature on Treaty K at the National Archives. The document will be on display in 2016 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian for an exhibit on treaties curated by Harjo.

James Clark/NPR

For centuries, treaties have defined the relationship between many Native American nations and the U.S. More than 370 ratified treaties have helped the U.S. expand its territory and led to many broken promises made to American Indians.

A rare exhibit of such treaties at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., looks back at this history. It currently features one of the first compacts between the U.S. and Native American nations – the Treaty of Canandaigua.

The ‘Blood Quantum’ Question, Part One
‘Blood Quantum’
This is something that has jerked my chain since the early 1980’s!

Soon after the Casino Indians were created by your government!

What is it that gives this government the right to play GOD?

About a God Given Right from (Creator), to be able to tell the people of this country and only this country what nationality each person is allowed to call themselves 
 the citizens of this country allow it to go on?

I told the government back then and a thousand times since,

“Bite Me!”

A person in Mexico is called Mexican, A person born in Canada is called Canadian, A person born in England, France, Poland, Ireland, Spain, and Russia and so on, and this is true.

So, what happened to our people that have changes?

It is called the hundreds of thousands of broken treaties that’s what happened.

This government takes and never gives to the 'first people of this land'!

EDITORIAL: The ‘Blood Quantum’ Question, Part One

A short quote from that complicated and controversial piece of federal legislation:

‘Native’ means a citizen of the United States who is a person of one-fourth degree or more Alaska Indian… Eskimo, or Aleut blood, or combination thereof.

The term includes any Native as so defined either or both of whose adoptive parents are not Natives.

It also includes, in the absence of proof of a minimum blood quantum, any citizen of the United States who is regarded as an Alaska Native by the Native village or Native group of which he claims to be a member and whose father or mother is (or, if deceased, was) regarded as Native by any village or group.”

As far as I know, I have no ancestors who could be described as American Indians.

Certainly, my parents and grandparents have never claimed such a heritage.

So my children, born to a “certified” American Indian mother

(as defined by the U.S. government) —

are not themselves “certified” American Indians, since they have less than a 1/4 blood quantum

Bill Hudson founded the Pagosa Daily Post in 2004 in hopes of making a decent living writing about local politics. The hope remains.

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