"Like any ethnic identity discourse, the “Native” conversation is complicated and convoluted. Yet, in the twin pursuit(s) of political correctness and genuine good intentions, most people make good-faith efforts to trudge through the discourse in a respectful manner.
We do the best that we can.
Unfortunately, the singular exception to those good-faith efforts is for the Native people of this continent. When Native people are the topic of discussion, we don’t “do the best we can.” Instead, non-Native people assume that they inherently know about Native people, without listening to the Native voices themselves."
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Gyasi Ross: Don’t Know Much About Indians (but i let non-indians speak for them anyways)
Lies, Damned Lies, and the Complicated Accounting of Identity
“Queen Chief Warhorse, Tchufuncta Nation, Chahta Tribe”
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