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I'm 1/2 Native American... but I look white

I'm 1/2 Native American... but I look white
« on: May 03, 2008, 06:56:43 PM »
I'm a federally recognized Native American (1/2 quantum) but I look white.  I'm proud of my heritage but sometimes it feels like people will think I'm BSing them.

Obviously I want to take advantage of opportunities available to me as far as admissions go.

What do you think?  Anyone else in my situation?

Re: I'm 1/2 Native American... but I look white
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008, 07:14:37 PM »
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Re: I'm 1/2 Native American... but I look white
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008, 07:25:30 PM »
Check the box for Native American. This is pretty straightforward IMO.

Re: I'm 1/2 Native American... but I look white
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008, 07:58:31 PM »
Do you have any kind of tribal ID or anything? Or at least a history of working with the community?

I understand what you're saying, and you certainly should mark the Native American or mixed-race box, but I also have heard that N.A. is one of the most-frequently BS'ed racial classifications (since lots of people have some Indian ancestry... 1/64th or whatever) so you sometimes have to be careful.

But, no, looks alone shouldn't disqualify you.

Re: I'm 1/2 Native American... but I look white
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2008, 08:41:22 PM »
I have a certificate from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  I also receive Indian Tuition Waiver.  I also have worked with the community in the summers when I was in HS.

I know that if anyone questioned my ethnicity I could literally prove it with official documents.  I always check the Native American box.  I don't have a dominate ethnicity.  I just happen to look more white.

Thanks for the replies and you're right... "whatever"

I don't care what people think.  I know I can prove it if push came to shove.