Someone named Theo questioned this, writing, "How is she a wannabe? She says she's Pamunkey."
I responded by posting the Newspaper Rock link above, and Theo replied:
No one needs to ask her about being an Indian. If you're Native, it's reflected in everything you say and do. Google most Indians and you'll see their tribal heritage stated prominently and proudly a thousand times.
When I wrote, "She has a small amount of Indian 'blood' but likes to think of herself as Native," I preceded it with "I'm guessing." I didn't need to refer to her words because that whole paragraph was speculation. FYI, I speculate about people all the time, especially celebrities like Taylor Lautner who suddenly discover they're "Native."
You're mistaken if you think white men are concerned about blood and Indians aren't. Most tribes have established blood quantum standards for membership. Sure, these standards originated with the US government, but the tribes themselves have kept them.
Would you also take the word of Miley Cyrus, Khloe Kardashian, Ward Churchill, Kiesha Crowther, "Jumping Rainbow Eagle Dreamer," and other New Age frauds and wannabes who claim to be Indians? I wouldn't. Most Indians cast a skeptical eye on those who claim to be Indian without evidence.
Apparently you can't handle people questioning the authenticity of Natives. Indeed, you didn't touch my comment about Miley Cyrus and the rest of the wannabe Indian nation.
When Nicole actually says she's Pamunkey--using the words "I'm Pamunkey," not, "My family is from the Pamunkey Indian Tribe"--then you may have a case. Until then, you're the only one inferring things here.
You implied that only white men are concerned with blood quantum when you wrote "only you do." Now you're backing away from the implication after I noted how mistaken it is.
Why would I speculate that Nicole has a "small amount of Indian 'blood'"? Because that's the usual excuse hundreds of thousands of Americans give when they claim to be Indian. Are you really unaware of the huge number of Indian wannabes in this country? Or are you aware of them but trying to protect them from scrutiny for some reason? Now that you've dodged the issue, why don't you try addressing it?
The Pamunkey website says, "We will not respond to unsolicited requests for ancestry, genealogical, or membership information." So no, I'm not going to research the Pamunkey membership rules to prove or disprove my speculation. If you think I'm wrong, you research it. Otherwise, quit wasting our time trying to disprove something that's merely a guess, not a fact.
Finally, you're worried about my "condescending" language when you cast racial aspersions such as "the Saxon sanguinary fascination never ceases to amaze"? Police your own bias first; then worry about mine.
Comment: For more on the subject of Native identity, see "Multi-Ethnic Jones on Twilight and "Navajo" in Happy Endings.