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Seriously? As critical race theorist Cheryl Harris showed way back in '93 , the white power structure seizes the RIGHT TO DEFINE ALL RACIAL CATEGORIES. This is what #pretendians are doing, defining the Native w/o regard for Indigenous definitions.
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& non-whites shore up white supremacy when they insist on definitions of Indigeneity forged in white supremacy. After stealing land & resources, white people & their institutions stole Indigenous children, bones, & blood. "Identity" theft is part of long line of appropriation.
if you defend her right to ID individually as Cherokee & Native (in part via DNA), you defend white supremacist rights to partition us all into (hierarchical) races, which guards access to the privileges of whiteness, Indigenous land & life that the (white) nation state claims.
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I speak to a lot of historians/researchers as a journalist & know their work is necessary for our fight. Native scholars and tribal historians document our claims to the land & preserve our continued political existence. A racialized dismissal of their work is pretty weak. 1/4
However, proving who you are is necessary — or at least, representing yourself accurately. Advocacy based in truth is our most potent weapon. I don’t present myself as anything other than what I am. You can do the work w/out false claims to tribal identity. Many do. 2/4
Many folks who have a parent who is enrolled, but cannot enroll themselves still respect the sovereignty of their tribe and fight for it. They don’t misrepresent or overstate who they are. Once again, it is not necessary to do the work. 3/4
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