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I Am American Indian

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    Turning Points

    As I sat eating my salad and enjoying my soup at Ruby Tuesdays. I heard from the both behind me in a strong southern accent… “I just don’t understand how she let him beat on her? I mean really what kind of woman puts up with that?” and her lunch partner chimed in with an...
    sckimmy sckimmy 41-45, F 6 Responses Apr 13, 2011

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    Wheres My White Indians At? You Know Who You Are Lol

    Those ppl who have indian blood and have been raised to be proud of it, but get laughed at if you go out in the real world and say your indian? How do you feel about this? it seems for instance if you had a parent or grandparent who was black, no one would deny you being black...
    hairtostay hairtostay 31-35, F 10 Responses Jan 21, 2011

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    I'm registered as Navajo,

    although one half of my family is Navajo, while the other is Hopi. Getting out of my reservation was probably a pretty good idea for me, even if I will really miss the powwows a lot. My mother taught me a lot of our Navajo traditions, though, so I'll always keep that knowledge...
    KarmaCycle KarmaCycle 13-15, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Having Nice Cheek Bones

    I'm a senior in high school in a small town, population of 2,000 and everyday I get asked why I look different. People are constantly poking my cheekbones and asking why they're so smooth. Or I'm getting asked why I have such dark eyes, hair, and skin color. It gets really...
    CaitlinFaith CaitlinFaith 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 23, 2013

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    Well, a tiny bit, according to my mother.

    Cherokee, I believe. But it's nothing that shows. The German and Irish are what show up. Reddish-blondish hair, light colored (hazel?) eyes, and fair complexion.
    chllaxdude chllaxdude 51-55, M 1 Response Feb 1

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    Life > Koyaanisqatsi I am part Sioux

    and this word is Hopi but it has come to mean so much to me. I do not live in such a way that I might live a Koyaanisqatsi life. The old way intrigues and inspires me. And I want to share with people the beauty of the old way.
    TheFreestone TheFreestone 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 9, 2013

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    4pride4 4pride4 31-35, M Jul 18, 2013

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    They Will Never Change

    The one's who stole it control it, and now the control is about to come to a bitter end for you white man, and those who bow down to you. Those who think this land is theirs because they were brought here on a ship but don't have any more right to it than you do, they are your...
    nativegirlinamerica nativegirlinamerica 70+ 6 Responses Apr 15, 2009

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    Cherokee Girl

    My grandmother is a full blooded Cherokee but she was given up for adoption so she didn't really want to talk about her heritage until we got older. I was fortunate that she wanted to go to pow-wows and tribal events so I was engrossed into some of the culture taught the way of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 8, 2012

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    I Love My Native Blood:

    My mother raised me to love the native within me. My great grandmother was Creek and great grandfather was Cherokee. To my mother, the blood within her father (my grandfather) was all that mattered. She would always call me her little indian girl. In first grade, I had to...
    KrazyAuntKim KrazyAuntKim 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 16, 2012

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    emeraldtriangle420 emeraldtriangle420 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Iroquois Torture As a Mohawk I'm very proud of

    my heritage, even though I'm far from full-blooded. I sympathize with other Native Americans when they take exception to depictions of them as bloodthirsty savages whose aim in life was to torture people. In the movie Black Robe there are scenes of typical torture such as...
    BadPam BadPam 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    My Mind

    I can't sort out my thinking I don't know how much is the indian and how much is the white man I've known since a young age I was indian but in the past few years started embracing my heritage
    coulupy coulupy 56-60, M Oct 5, 2013

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    Give Me Hope

    Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 3, 2012

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    ladyhawk,I am American Indian

    I am 3/4 oneida and 1/4 ojibwe, am very proud of that fact,growing  up though was tough,  if you are a bit different from others, you are a target, for thier pleasure of meanness, anyone who has been predjudist against understands where I am comming from, the only...
    UNDONE1 UNDONE1 51-55, F 3 Responses Apr 17, 2010

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    Yes, I'm half Yurok,

    and look it. I only speak a few words of my native language however. I dearly miss the Klamath River and the ocean, as I live in Nevada. For those interested, the tribe has a Salmon Festival in mid August in the town of Klamath Calif.
    pakettle pakettle 66-70, M 1 Response Jul 15

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    AlbuquerqueJay AlbuquerqueJay 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 1

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    Native American Language & Culture Benefit

    Hello All- I'm involved in the NatAmGoGo campaign at Indiegogo which benefits a Native American language and culture foundation. Lots of perks available, including jewelry by Navajo, Hopi and Taos Pueblo artists. Help us save our ancient societies by going to: http://goo.gl...
    NativeWords NativeWords 51-55, F Sep 9, 2013

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    Just Because You Don't Know Our Ways....

    “The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Sep 3, 2012

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    Yes I am part American Indian.

    I really enjoy learning about this culture as I find it rather interesting. I am also partly Uruguayan.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 11

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    Hey. I am 50% Choctaw native.

    And the other half is Irish. Now that's a mix! ;)
    PKRipper702 PKRipper702 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 16

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    I Am American Indian

    I am American Indian...the first in my family to break the silence and stand up and not fear to say I am Indian now.  Yes my grandmother still fears to tell of her heritage told by her mother she would be thrown in jail or worse if she acknowledged her race.  I...
    whitedovewalkingspirit whitedovewalkingspirit 51-55, F 2 Responses May 14, 2010

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    I am an American. I'm also 7/11 Indian

    or aka tech support Indian. Doesn't that make me an American Indian.
    socalsissi socalsissi 36-40, T 5 Responses Mar 5

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    President

    I think we need a American Indian for president the white man and even worse the black man are ruining this country
    coulupy coulupy 56-60, M 1 Response Oct 5, 2013

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    Well...

    I know I'm a weeeee (very tiny) bit Cherokee on my mother's side... And, on my father's side, I'm also a weeee bit Commanche. According to my grandmother, Quannah Parker is one of our ancestors. I'm not exactly sure 'what' he is, as far as being a great-great-uncle/grandfather...
    Elwing Elwing 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 7, 2008

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    Im Such A Nasty Girl.

    im such a nasty girl , i think about men and there ***** and seamen alot, i mean it i am so obsessed with sucking and swolling , my hairless ***** gets so dang wet , im not kidding , ever since i was a little girl , preteen arond 9 i guess , i have had a problem with...
    kimbrellykelly kimbrellykelly 22-25, F 8 Responses Jun 2, 2012

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    Hello I'm Native American,

    Mexican and very little Spanish. Discovered my Native American heritage when I was 10 yrs. old. In my English class we read a story about how some boy was learning about his Chinese heritage. After reading the story, the class went to the computer lab and we were assigned to...
    XxTinyBearxX XxTinyBearxX 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    I Am A Dab Of Mohawk

    My family is very big on ancestry, and it was long known that one of my great-great-great-grandfathers married a girl from the Mohawk tribe, one of the Iroquois Six Nations. At first my family thought she may have been Oneida, but the Oneida are more to the Central New York area...
    BadPam BadPam 51-55, F 2 Responses Sep 14, 2013

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    It Doesn't Work Like That

    Having a great grandparent, or even a grandparent who was Native does NOT make you Native “NDN”. It makes you 1/8 or 1/4 NDN. If you are less than 1/4 Native “NDN” then you most likely have very little knowledge of the culture. There are exceptions to this, I will admit...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 22, 2012

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    I Am Choctaw

    I am of Choctaw heritage, i have not had the good fortune to grow up with my heritage, as my father was of the "we dont talk about it" generation. Which is a shame. My indian name is "Standing Horse". I try to walk the red road, and just put my problems in the creators hands, and...
    txtazman txtazman 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 6, 2011

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    I Am About Half

    my mom was full black foot and my dad 16th black dutch so i am all mixed up but thats ok i love being a mutt and the rest is okie and i am proud of that to i have learned very little about my ancestors and maybe someday i will get more info
    PROUDGRANDMAOF6 PROUDGRANDMAOF6 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 21, 2012

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    Chitimacha Indian.

    One quarter's worth. I would say that I'm "proud" to be an Indian, but the truth is that I don't know very much about my Indian heritage. I know the basics. I've been to the Chitimacha "museum" on the reservation and my father grew up there but I have never really gotten to...
    Intelligently Intelligently 31-35, F 20 Responses May 5, 2011

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    It Was Never Lost

    It just kills me when people talk about who discoverd america. Was it spain , the viking. Well let me set the record stright it WAS NEVER LOST. The indian were here. It was there home. They never lost it. It was taken from them and it should say that in the history book. Thats...
    RickUSA RickUSA 51-55, M 7 Responses Jul 1, 2013

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    My Tribe

    I am related to the Sioux tribe. From what I know (haven't really looked into it much) they live(d) in a cold area. My nan tells me that her grandma was married to the chief. She said that I could count as a Native American princess in a sense from this. I asked her because I had...
    KitsuneNinja KitsuneNinja 13-15, F 4 Responses May 26, 2013

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    TyrantsWrath TyrantsWrath 26-30, M 3 Responses Jun 8

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    The Lone Ranger

    One day the Lone Ranger and his side kick Tonto had ridden into the sunset for hours. the Lone Ranger noticed alot of natives all around him, 100's of them and he could see smoke signals. He ask his faithful friend, "Tonto, what does the smoke say?" Tonto replied "Kimosabe, It...
    1Nasty1 1Nasty1 51-55, M 3 Responses Sep 11, 2011

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    So, Who Are The 'Savages' Now ?

    These are the most beautiful prayers I have ever read: And now, Grandfather, I ask you to bless the white man. He needs your wisdom, your guidance. You see, for so long he has tried to destroy my people, and only feels comfortable when given power. Bless them, show them the...
    TNTandCHOCOLATE TNTandCHOCOLATE 31-35 5 Responses Jun 1, 2013

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    I'm Apache and Mexican.

    .. and if you ask my parents they say that Mexicans are Natives too. My parents adopted me but, they're Native too. My dad is Apache, Hawaiian, and Lakota, my mom is Lakota, Cherokee, and Wampanoag (she has some more tribes in her lineage but those are the main ones). I grew up...
    cillasavage cillasavage 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    The Huron Christmas Carol This is a beautiful

    carol still sung today in English and French, but was written in Huron by the Jesuit missionary Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649). He was trying to teach the Christmas Story to the Hurons of the Eastern Woodland. Father Brebeuf was very clever to use images that the Native Americans...
    BadPam BadPam 51-55, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2013

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    One Stone

    There was a young warrior called One Stone. He had earn the name at a buffalo hunt gone bad. He had one of his stones ripped out by a buffalo horn. He married a woman called Blue Bird, who was the sister of Yellow Bird,a very wise woman. They tried to have children, with no luck...
    1Nasty1 1Nasty1 51-55, M 5 Responses Sep 1, 2011

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    I can't remember how much I am.

    I am such a mix I forget about half of it.
    persononinternet persononinternet 16-17, M Jan 11

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    Surprise.

    I am close to 1/16th Indian. I did not know this for a long time, apparently my mom's Dad's grandma (or maybe great-grandma) was Cherokee. My Grandpa never said anything because he racist. Dumb I know.Eventually one of his brothers does a lineage tree and discovers the truth. I...
    Dollbaby02 Dollbaby02 26-30 Aug 15, 2013

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    I'm mixed w Shawnee n Tsalagi (Cherokee) w no

    shame! I'm not 100% Native American but I guess I got a good combination since I've nvr been told I'm ugly lol. I do get annoyed when white guys think I want to get w them just bc they've been watching too much t.v. There's 2 many movies and romance novels featuring natives...
    Taumilynn Taumilynn 36-40 5 Responses Jan 24

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    Well, Half Anyway....

    my mom was a full blood cherokee, my dad an average black boy from mississippi. they never talked about my mom's heritage, and for most of my life, i really thought my mom was black. i met my maternal grandfather when i was about five years old for the first time. my first...
    dyvynyty dyvynyty 31-35, F 1 Response May 23, 2010

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    Native Pride

    iam proud to be a native american..hell my ancesters killed custer! on my moms side i am rosebud-ogalala lakota sioux. on my fathers side i dont know much execpt... theirs black foot and whoever walked the trail of tears.. i think it was the cherokee or chiyanne? sorry my...
    shadowhuntersoforegon shadowhuntersoforegon 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 1, 2012

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    Part Seminole, Part Irish.. I'm A Mutt.

    Almost anyone that somehow becomes aware that I have Native American ancestry in my roots immediately calls me a liar. Just because I don't have darkened skin or roam around with a feather behind my ear, my claims are dismissed as a tall-tale of some sorts. It's rather irritating...
    CloudsConnected CloudsConnected 26-30, M 3 Responses Sep 4, 2013

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    ?

    My great-grandfather was full-blooded Cherokee Indian...He lived on a reservation most of his life,but i guess he used to get beaten so he ran away...I am VERY proud of my Cherokee Heritage, and i would like to learn the language....can anyone help me??
    mrsal mrsal 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 25, 2007

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    Cherokee, most of my ancestors never surrendered

    so there aren't to many of us left. I feel the pride, the shame, the injustice, the sadness coursing through my veins. I don't feel like I'm supposed to be living in this system. I am a one man anomie on the earth.
    Wedjamin Wedjamin 46-50, M Jun 16

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    GCoppola GCoppola 46-50, F 2 Responses Feb 4

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    American Indian Philosophy Has Much To Teach Us

    Some time ago, I bought this beautiful book - "Touch the Earth" - by M. C. McLuhan, you can find in on Amazon.com for a few pennies. It's words have touched my soul, and wish to share this with all of you. This is the feedback: Native American philosophy has much to teach us...
    TNTandCHOCOLATE TNTandCHOCOLATE 31-35 3 Responses Jun 1, 2013

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    O India! With this mere echoing of others, with this base imitation of others, with this dependence on others, this slavish weakness, this vile detestable cruelty -- wouldst thou...
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    I am east indian by ethnic - how ever I am not the indian you would expect from india - I am a caribbean east indian and got the caribbean ways/ culture. How do those guys say it...
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