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on May 25, 2013
Garroutte outlines the trouble and strife of being a full blooded Indian, detailing the struggles of acceptance and the different forms of classifications Indian tribes have installed in order to gain access to tribal benefits and pensions. The book reads more like an encyclopedia of tragic disregard for Indians meddling in the blurr of tribal recognition. Both the Federal Government as well as the tribes play significant rolls. From the Dawes act of 1887 clear into modern times, many tribes still consider a blood quantum and direct decent from a full blooded relative the only form true Indian identification. This has caused a racial backlash and an inability for tribal societies to expand beyond their own cult like existence, denying recognition to those who've married and mingled outside the full blood requirements. Overall, this book is extremely informative, but void of excitement.
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on March 28, 2013
I'm going to give her 5 stars for this. She touched with the ugly issues in Indian country most are afraid to talk about.She is also a member of the Cherokee Nation in OK, so it is written with no biased from an Indian standpoint.

As the one reader said, keep with the book. It is a very good read on Indian identity in the US. Eva really touches on a lot of the issues in Indian Country and outside as well. From Indian identity to *wannabes* though she never uses this word approaches the topic of undocumented (claimed) Indian ancestry sensitively. She also goes into detail about Identity within the Native American community, fullblood and mix bloods.
Native American that did not make enrollment and caused descendants to lose contact with their tribal ancestry and unable to prove ancestry.
The issue of Native Americans being the only group of people having to *prove* ancestry. How one can be recognized by a tribe but not by the federal government.

Really great read and you really have to be interested in issues in Indian Country and people with American Indian ancestry to keep with the book.
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on August 24, 2015
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on August 3, 2012
I LOVED the first half of this book, but had trouble finishing the second half. The first two chapters are GREAT at explaining the problems of identity and give lots of specific examples. Really thought-provoking first half of the book.
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on December 10, 2015
Thanks!
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on March 4, 2015
Scholarly. Informed. Good resource.
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on September 25, 2014
this book is good book to use...
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