I am 1/4 Muskogee Native American, and I check the box because I ALWAYS have. When I was 6 years old taking my first standardized test, when I didn't even know what AA was, I checked NA because my grandmother and father had made me proud of my culture. Its a part of who I am. It doesn't sound like this is the case with you, please don't check it.
Me too. I have always checked the box. I grew up on an Indian Reservation in Arizona and learned Apache before English. However, in regards to affirmative action, it was outlawed in Florida (my current state) in 2000 by Governor Jeb Bush and the Florida legislature. Florida no longer has affirmative action, so checking the box won't really help me. I am hoping to go into patent law. I have an MS in Bioengineering from Arizona State and my undergraduate major was physics at Notre Dame. Despite the fact that affirmative action was outlawed, minority enrollment actually increased here in Florida. I am simply stating historical facts about the topic. I hope I don't get flamed for it. Many times, people get misinterpreted on internet forums, then flaming sessions follow. All I pointed out was (1) I also check the box and (2) affirmative action was outlawed in 2000 (as a matter of fact). I did not move here until 2002 from Colorado.