“Kowan’s Kulture Komittee” removed all my artwork and books from both the Cherokee Nation Heritage Center and the little CN gift shop because I do not have a federal tribal membership card. In her little world, I have become a persona non gratis (even though I’ve been painting the Cherokees for 40 years), just as the new law mandates (passed by Chad’s hand-picked council).
There are thousands of CN tribal members with such laughable, minimal blood quanta, some as low as 1/2048. “White” Indians is what they are most often referred to throughout Cherokee history. You’d never guess they were Indians if they didn’t have that card. In the United Keetoowah Band, a person must be at least one-quarter Indian to be a member. The Keetoowahs bear the most attacks from the Cherokee Nation and its Southern White Indian Supremacist leadership. But the UKB’s membership is growing as more actual Cherokees switch, leaving the CN’s DNA spread even thinner.