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When I got into looking into my Seminole roots, people got pissed off and told me that if it doesn’t effect my regular life then who cares leave it alone and I heard that mostly from native Americans.
I have a problem with this because it’s MY genealogy, it’s MY family history. The white part of my family was Irish and mixed and idk if anyone knows but the Irish weren’t treated that great when coming to America. A Seminole woman fell in love with a Irish man, it was not some random white man raping and taking. And no, I’m not trying to claim native American benefits, I was just trying to learn about the part of my family’s history that wasn’t talked about and I really don’t see a problem with that and there isn’t a problem with that.
The Seminole people accepted a wide variety of people into their tribe even if they weren’t native born, but my great grandmother was native born. Growing up I was told how much I look like her, my hair, my bone structure, there is no denying that part of her is in me.
I’m not going around claiming a culture I wasn’t raised with, all I’ve done is research it and acknowledge that part.
I think if other people take the same approach, learning but not claiming it as your own culture when you weren’t raised with Native culture, I don’t see anything wrong with it, it just helps you to appreciate them.