March 05, 2007

The most dangerous boy on the rez

Caught between two worlds

Custody fight of white woman, Seneca man causes conflict within Indian nation"The most dangerous person on this reservation, right now, to our sovereignty, is that white boy," said Michael D. Waterman, a Seneca who has represented clients in the Seneca courts for the past 20 years as a lay advocate.

Why is a little boy such a danger to Seneca tribal sovereignity?

"Because it changes our status as a people," Waterman said. "If they're going to start recognizing Seneca men and their white [women's] children, their black [women's] children, their Asian [women's] children, our bloodline is going to be depleted."

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