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I Am Native American

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    Native Roots

    My great grandmother on my father's side was almost full blooded Cherokee. Such a beautiful woman she was. Unfortunately, I have almost no connection to my native roots and culture, which saddens me.
    FadingSilhouette13 FadingSilhouette13 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 19, 2012

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    Why Is Everyone So Afraid Of Native Americans?

    A few people I've met on the astral plane have serious concerns about native Americans in the form of awkward feelings towards them. I'm only 1/16th Native American but it's obvious enough to any native whose family is 1/2 or 1/4 or more that I am also. If you have a scare about...
    TheTristman TheTristman 26-30, M 3 Responses Oct 3, 2012

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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 5 Responses Sep 19, 2012

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    Who Am I ??

    i remember on my mothers side thats also full cherokee .. most people think just because a indian looks black does not mean they are native.. for years i always wondered why my mother and the other people in my family had red skin i just did not ask or bother to understand it...
    thunderrider thunderrider 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 6, 2013

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    Native American And I Think I Squandered It...

    Full-blooded Native American, Navajo and I love it. All my life, I've only gotten the Native experience only during the summertime every when I go down to the Rez and I feel fortunate that my grandparents own a lot of land for running around. They up until now herded sheep and...
    Tomok93 Tomok93 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 20, 2011

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    Even Just a Little

     When I was younger I thought I was just a normal Filipino girl because I was born in the philippines and so did both my parents. Little did I know I had something more than meets the eye. When I was still a kid I was not really exposed to different cultures, just my own...
    krystlelane krystlelane 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 29, 2008

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    I know I am Native American

    but what I don't know is which tribe we derive from.... does anyone here know how I would be able to find out? Like, the easiest (less dramatic) way to find out? I know my grandfather has the Native American blood and he is originally from Arizona but I don't know much about it...
    InRuins InRuins 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    1/4 Menominee

    I'm 1/4 Menominee, when people find out my grandfather was Native American the first thing they as is Cherokee? I say no Menominee, and there response is 'what'? People don't understand how many tribes there were or the differences between them, for example the eastern tribes...
    kazman68 kazman68 41-45, M 3 Responses Jan 15, 2013

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    Half-breed

    I am a mixed blood, but was only raised with one side. My father is white, my mother is Navajo and Cheyenne. I stopped talking to my father when I was 17, and never really knew his family. I know that they were of English descent, but that is it. I have two half-sisters...
    Honehe Honehe 19-21, F 6 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    Well...it's in my blood,

    and can sometimes show a bit in my temper ...LOL! I have been told that my Great, Great, Great GrandMother was a full-blooded Indian, and I have seen pictures of her. But no one seems to be able to tell me which Indian Nation she belonged to. I am very interested in my families...
    lifesinlimbo lifesinlimbo 46-50, F 5 Responses Mar 9

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    im Mohawk and souiex

    and maybe a few other tribs not sure.
    Returnoflordtyrant Returnoflordtyrant 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    Does anyone else get asked " Do you live in a

    teepee?" Even though Oneida, the tribe I am, don't live in teepees they live in long houses
    Aoinosora Aoinosora 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 31

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    Learning

    I am Cherokee on my dad's side. My Great Grandmother was full. There are pictures of her that my relatives have. I wanted to learn more about her. I found out no one knows her real name. She was taken to a school and her name was changed to Bessie Smith . A name that completely...
    GalileosFinger GalileosFinger 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2012

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    The Stories Daddy Told Me

    When i was younger my father would tell me stories about how things happened. I remember going to Sunday school (church) and I also remember raising my hand and correcting the teacher. It turns out I'm part Cherokee on my daddy's side, and I still get made fun of because of my...
    LikeBrokenRecords LikeBrokenRecords 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 29, 2013

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    Shadow Walker

    My grandmother was 1/2 cherokee indian.  She said that I was a shadow walker. Can anyone tell me what that means?
    bast16711 bast16711 41-45, F 11 Responses Dec 31, 2009

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    I am from BC Canada, a part of the Shawl people.

    I haven't learned much of the arts and things like that, my family is all about the wilderness and survival, hunting, fishing and things of that nature so that is what I learned, and I an glad to know it. I am also a two-spirit but cant tell my family because they were taught...
    ThrillOfTheHunt ThrillOfTheHunt 22-25 2 Responses Jan 31

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    It Ain'T All It'S Cracked Up To Be

    I'm full blooded Navajo. I know theres a lot of hooplah in being considered native. And I am content with who I am. But I don't think people understand the difficulties of being "native." Yes there's challenges with racism (towards us, towards white people) but living the...
    Setfree23 Setfree23 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 29, 2013

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    Father Didn't Lie

    As a kid growing up our dad always told us that our ancestor was an Indian chief, we all just thought that he was just talking. But after he passed I did some research on my dad's side of the family and sure enough we are descendants of a half French half Choctaw Indian who was...
    adixman adixman 61-65, M 1 Response Jul 14, 2012

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    My Heritage

    My great(x6) grandfather came over from Ireland, right before the American Civil War. He ended up joining the Union and at one point served under General Sherman. During his tour he met a Cherokee women. After the war they both moved out west in search of anew. They settled in...
    ShyCrow ShyCrow 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 25, 2013

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    I Do Not Look Right.

    If you looked at my scrapbook of my mother's side of the family, one would notice a little white child. That would be me. I have blue eyes, light brown hair, and freckles, but I was raised with the stories of my Native people, the Lumbee. Around my family, I never noticed how I...
    YouRaiseMeUp YouRaiseMeUp 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 20, 2012

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    xOneLovex xOneLovex 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 30, 2013

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    Human Wolves

    im anishnawbe from Ontario Canada and my family speaks ojibwe. for a long time theirs been so many streotypes that still exast today im not really berthed by it because half the people that say it never say it to my face just behind a screen, but never once have I been ashamed of...
    animalHero4ever animalHero4ever 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I'm Not But My Soul Is

    I've always felt like my soul was native. My native friend Turtle used to tell me that I was white on the outside but red on the inside. I considered that a great compliment. I've remembered since I was a very young child, being a native American woman in Utah. I remember how...
    annabelle334 annabelle334 31-35 Nov 5, 2013

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    I Am Native American

    I'm kind of mixed.I'm not really sure exactly what race I am. My dad is half native American and half Hispanic a mixture of different ones as well as being 1/8 Arabic, while my mom is Mexican (and 1/16 Chinese) so almost certainly is partially native American.I don't know what...
    supergirlz supergirlz 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 21, 2013

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    I Am Native American

    IM MIXED WITH ALOT OF STUFF. AND IM PROUD OF ALL OF THEM. BUT THE THING THAT SHOCKS EVERYBODY THE MOST IS THAT I AM PART NATIVE AMERICAN. I HAVE NATIVE AMERICAN BLOOD IN ME AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THAT PART OF MY HERITAGE.
    bigc420 bigc420 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 8, 2008

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    I'm 3/4 Laguna. Not from California haha.

    Being native has made me the person I am today, growing up participating in my native culture. It has also put me in the stereotype of being an "Indian" which a lot of people are very obnoxious about. It has also limited me as far as relationships, because there are a lot of...
    eponcho eponcho 22-25, M Jan 28

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    My Sisters Birth

    when i was younger i told my mom i wanted to go down stars and play with my sister my mom asked me what sister you don`t have one. wow was she wrong a week after my mom found out she was pregnant and not only that but she had a girl i have no idea how i knew this i had only been...
    onondagahawk onondagahawk 13-15, F 5 Responses Nov 27, 2011

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    My Great Great Grandmother

    Was a Mic Mac from New Brunswick
    thehummingowl thehummingowl 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 20, 2011

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    Curious About Heritage

    I've been curious about my Native American roots ever since i found out my grandmother is half Hopi but i lack such things as contact information and she lost contact after her mother died so it has been a while, it would be nice to know more about my family tree and know our...
    kai2 kai2 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 5, 2013

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    When I was young, Raven,

    a close friend of my family took me under her wing. She is half Cherokee native, and taught me a lot about her culture and the ways of her people and the Earth. As I've grown older, I've adapted many of their beliefs into my own. Raven told me that I am what is called "and...
    SparrowSearch111 SparrowSearch111 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 26

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    I Am Yaqui, Both An American And A Mexican Indian

    I am Yaqui, both native Mexican and native American. I have family in the Pascua Yaqui nation in Arizona.  They say my grandmother was a shape shifter and both a curandera (healer) and a bruja (witch).  Both, my mother and I are curanderas.  My son and my...
    yaquiwoman yaquiwoman 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 22, 2009

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    You're Full Of It!!! (and I'm Not Talking About Blood)

    I think a lot of people who claim to have Native blood are full of something other than what they claim (you know what!). The most popular is Cherokee. Funny thing is, most of these people don't know any of their families names!!! I get offended, but partially just have to laugh...
    DrSampIe DrSampIe 26-30, M 13 Responses May 7, 2011

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    I'm 50% Native American!

    Split between Chickasaw, Choctaw & Mississippi Choctaw :). But while I'm here I want to mention my name; people keep messaging me assuming I'm from Brooklyn, New York and I'm 18. No. My name is Brooklyn, and my favorite number is 18, I myself, am 16. So yeah :) just wanted...
    brooklyn18 brooklyn18 16-17, F Feb 16

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    Have Some Questions About Native American Heritage

    I knew since I was a little girl that I had some Native American blood in me and I have to admit it's not much, only (if my calculations are correct) 5% of me is Native American. I know not much and I don't know if my grandchildren will have any Native American blood in them, I...
    Lorie336 Lorie336 31-35 1 Response Oct 22, 2013

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    I'm half Native American (Seminole)

    and half African (Botswana). My mom is full Native American, but I never got to experience any form of culture. Really wish I did. :/
    Zacarabear Zacarabear 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    I Am Yaqui, Both An American And A Mexican Indian

    I am Yaqui, both native Mexican and native American. I have family in the Pascua Yaqui nation in Arizona.  They say my grandmother was a shape shifter and both a curandera (healer) and a bruja (witch).  Both, my mother and I are curanderas.  My son and my...
    yaquiwoman yaquiwoman 56-60, F 2 Responses Nov 22, 2009

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    My History.

    I am eighteen years old and Native American from mostly my father's side. I am from the Chickasaw tribe and I have actually never met anybody else outside of my family from this particular tribe. Although I am also Caucasian from my moms side I have always felt really close to my...
    TokalaSkah TokalaSkah 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 17, 2011

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    Am Native American

    After many years of research, talking with family members, talking with people from the area where my ancestors are from I still am having difficulty proving my lineage. I know that many of my family are from the Towanda, Pa area. The Vanderpools and Johnsons intermarried for...
    kkjr88 kkjr88 61-65, F 1 Response Jul 7, 2013

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    Hau

    Hau. Virgil emaciyape lo. Pine Ridge hematanhan yelo. I am a full blooded Lakota from the Oglala band. I am 15 yrs old and among one of the very few who fluently speaks Lakota. I am trying to find other Lakotas on here but I'm seeing a lot of Cherokees or Blacfeet.
    LakhotaHoksila LakhotaHoksila 13-15, M 3 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson

    about life... "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. "One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 24

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    An Ancient Heritage I'm Proud Of

    My mom is half Native and I'm thrilled about it. It's so awesome to be able to know I have part of the oldest North American culture in me. My boyfriend gets really excited about it too, though him calling my Pocahontas can be a bit irritating sometimes. I'm unsure what tribe I'm...
    CrayCrayBlondie2 CrayCrayBlondie2 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 9, 2013

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    Losing Russell

    I am taking the death of Russell Means a little hard today. Our native community has lost a true warrior. Russell was dedicated to the fight for American Indian dignity and rights. Russell was a tireless activist, a strong voice, a brave voice. Russell and his family came to...
    MmmBabi MmmBabi 46-50, F 5 Responses Oct 22, 2012

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    Walking With The Spirit

    i have 4 tribes of native blood in me.. i am cherokee /black foot / navajo and chippewa.. i was a little baby and my mother and father lived in other states .. my grandmother was the sister of the head indian chief witch was my grate uncle .. he was really good looking he...
    thunderrider thunderrider 31-35, F Aug 6, 2013

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    I love culture. I am African American

    and am Native American on my mother and fathers side. My mother is African American and her maternal grandmother is black and Lumbee and my mexican, american father descends from the Pima, Navajo and Mayans.I even have relatives living on reservations. My mother's paternal...
    Blatinasrock Blatinasrock 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 25, 2013

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    I am Native American.

    It has been a massive part of my life growing up and now. When my husband passed away it helped me more to have Native ceremonies and pray to the Creator then anything else. I have a name and go to powwows. It makes my life feel complete :)
    deadhead90 deadhead90 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 29, 2013

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    Ancestory

    I was born in the Appalachian mountains... the Cumberland Gap to be exact..."Land of the Blue Mist" home to the Cherokee people... many from this area are descendants of the Cherokee people or the Scots-Irish...and some of us both, and then some. My kinfolk are some...
    Awakening Awakening 31-35, F 18 Responses Mar 15, 2008

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    I Am Half-Chickasaw

    I am half-Chickasaw through my birth mother. Are there any other Chickasaws out there? I want to learn more about my heritage, outside of what I can find out on the Internet.
    Breizh Breizh 18-21, F Aug 13, 2013

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    Indigenous To Americas

    My mother is an Arawak and my father is part Arawak. You know, the first people to see Columbus, and dam.n near wiped out by sick, disgusting, diseased, europeans. Well, that's what my mom is an Arawak or also known as Taino. They lived in South Florida, the Carribeans, and...
    nikkiab86 nikkiab86 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 7, 2013

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    I'm Part Native American

    And very proud to be so.  My maternal grandfather's mother was 100% Native American, and he was half NA and half Irish.  That means that I'm at least 1/8 Native American, but it's actually more, because on my dad's side, we're totally French Creole, and there's a lot of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 28, 2007

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    A Man Without A Country

    When I was very young the age of 1 I was removed from my Shawnee family and placed with an European American family all my life my adoptive mother told me that I was Native American but she did not know what nation. So as a result I was never taught the customs , language , or...
    hjlands hjlands 51-55, M 2 Responses Aug 16, 2013

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