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    Hello, from the western USA. I happen to be a "Amerindian" person.
    I'm what is known in the 21st century as an urban Indian. Not connected to my ancestors tribe since they were eliminated by a succeeding tribe.

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    I meet at least 2 people each year claiming to be Native American. Over the past couple of decades, I've looked on claims such as these with skepticism.

    Other than that, my uncle married a woman who was a member of the Choctaw Tribe. She was a sweet woman & I miss her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pappy View Post
    Hello, from the western USA. I happen to be a "Amerindian" person.
    I'm what is known in the 21st century as an urban Indian. Not connected to my ancestors tribe since they were eliminated by a succeeding tribe.
    I've never heard of Menzacan people, is that a Uto-Aztecan speaking group?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL View Post
    I've never heard of Menzacan people, is that a Uto-Aztecan speaking group?
    Funny enough, Menzacsn is sarcasm, but ironically enough I do come from a UA group of pueblo tribes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtllendown View Post
    I meet at least 2 people each year claiming to be Native American. Over the past couple of decades, I've looked on claims such as these with skepticism.

    Other than that, my uncle married a woman who was a member of the Choctaw Tribe. She was a sweet woman & I miss her.
    Meh, the only people that question my identity are on the Internet. Everywhere else I'm either spat on for being a Mexican or white chicks throw themselves at me for the same. World is full of ignorant folks for sure.

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    I have met only handful of "Real full native" americans. Majority I meet here are blonde blue eyed claiming their great great great grandmom was a Native american princess, just to get benefits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonkeyDLuffy View Post
    I have met only handful of "Real full native" americans. Majority I meet here are blonde blue eyed claiming their great great great grandmom was a Native american princess, just to get benefits.
    Lol I find this with SOME americans. They're all out to find native American dna. I always wondered and started a massive debate once under the title. Why do so many Americans claim Native American DNA - is it because they want benefits, is it because it makes them feel like the belong in America after the almost complete annihilation of the First People or is it simply because it's trendy and relevant?

    Needless to say, I never asked the question again lol
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    I don't think they're all a Churchill or a Warren. Many whites did marry natives, particularly in the southern US. Family lore can get exaggerated or jumbled in passing down. Just look how many Americans don't even know what ancestries they actually have.

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    Yes, that. Weirdly enough I was just talking about this with a friend a few days ago. People have family stories, they grow up thinking they might be true, it seems more interesting or exotic to discover something like that (or anything a bit different). I don't think it's about feeling guilty or worrying about not belonging at all, and it never crossed my mind that anything so distant would actually "count" for anything like being able to identify.

    The story on my mom's side is probably related to the fact she had in-laws who were part (a quarter and an eighth) Native American and they lived at the Rosebud Sioux reservation for a time (my mom's cousin did too, but she was identified as white, married to a registered (one quarter) Sioux). However, my mom didn't know this, she just knew when she was a kid she had cousins who were Indians of around her age or a bit older, so much later remembered "oh, we might be part Indian." My friend had a story really similar to one on my mom's side of the family. These were relatives that we somewhat distant (my mom's mother's family who she had to travel miles to visit once a year) and we didn't keep in touch by the time my mother was an adult so the details were fuzzy. My friend had a similar kind of thing in her family.

    Funny thing is a cousin of my mom's who we've never met contacted me out of the blue because of a match on Ancestry and asked about an ancestor since he had been told her sister was 100% Native American. I had to break it to him that she wasn't at all, so far as I can tell.

    Anyway, when I first did my DNA test I was kind of hoping there'd be something surprising and unexpected in there, and I think many people have the same experience. I think that "maybe a cool surprise" could be related to the "maybe I'm Native American" thing. It's perhaps just because as Americans (well, for many of us, whose European origins were long enough ago to be unclear) there's more of an unknown there, or a question. I don't know what the European equivalent would be, if any.

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    My boyfriend had a story of possible distant Blackfeet ancestry on his father's side, but this was not supported through DNA testing. Black or other 'exotic' ancestry similarly could not be detected. Would be interesting to test older relatives of that lineage and see whether NA could be detected, or whether NA was a stand in for black or Roma ancestry, or whether they were just plain European, lol.

    On a side note, I do know a few Native American descendants, one of whom is a first cousin once removed. She is 1/4 Pima (Tono O'odham), 1/4 black and 1/2 Karnataka Brahmin.

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