Some fun exchanges on how we determine who's an Indian:
Not a single tribe enrolls Indians based on "knowing" they belong. If you disagree, name the tribes that use this criterion.
Apparently your overwhelming arrogance trumps the rules of every tribe, even your own. Regardless of whom the Kiowa or any other tribe says is an Indian, you know better.
Now it's merely a "family history" that makes someone an Indian? I guess you forgot the standard you dreamed up before. Oops.
Tribes such as the Chickasaw and Kickapoo have documented histories going back hundreds of years, but you dismiss them because they don't fit your stereotypical notion of who's an Indian.
There's a huge difference between being an Indian, or being a person who has Indian blood.
[Y]our racist assumption that all Indians must look and act like full-blooded Kiowas is just that...your racist assumption.
You think you know better than the 560-plus tribes who accept the federal recognition process. That's mighty white of you, apple.
[B]elonging to a federal recognized tribe is one definition of "Indian" accepted by most Indians. It's a much better definition than your fictional "genetic racial memory" or "awareness granted by heredity."
Whether you can articulate or not, you have a dividing line in mind. So what is it?
I sent Russ's previous comments on the Chickasaw and Kickapoo to two correspondents from Oklahoma tribes. Here's how they responded: "Where to start with the ignorance?"
As far as I can tell, you have no standard; you merely disparage the tribes who aren't as pure as you are.
At least the federal government offers a standard, one backed by a lengthy examination process. That's more than you've done.
You've determined by some means that some tribes are "Indian" and some aren't. These are tribes recognized by the vast majority of Indians as Indian.
If Russ has defined a standard for determining who's a legitimate Indian--a verifiable standard that includes him; excludes Chickasaws, Pequots, and wannabes; and doesn't rely on blood quantum--I must've missed it.
By "my" standard, I gather you mean the standard accepted by Native nations in general.