Even if we overlook tribal enrollment or the Indian status cards that legally identify one as Native in the United States and Canada, there are other markers of Native identity, like kinship and community bonds. Only a Native knows what it is to be Native, because they have the life experience to show it, in all its nuanced complexities.
Native children were beaten for speaking their own Native languages and abuse was rampant.Children were not allowed to see their families, and some did not survive the beatings or harsh living conditions of these horrific places.After all we’ve overcome, being able to represent ourselves is not too much to ask.It's frustrating and emasculating for Asian males. Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 #Stencil .
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