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That Native Americans are the only minority that have to carry a card? Yep thats right I'm a card carrying Native American.

 
onemellowmom

Asked by onemellowmom at 4:15 PM on Nov. 5, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • So... let me get this straight, you have to carry a card? Or you have to carry one if you want to get the free benefits and not pay taxes?
    Jambo4

    Answer by Jambo4 at 4:33 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Could that be because you have tax exempt status and have to be able to prove that you are Native American? Just my thought.
    kittieashy

    Answer by kittieashy at 4:17 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Yes, Native Americans have to carry a card.

    If.. They are tribal members who receive tribal benefits or Federal Government allotted benies that are strictly for Native Americans. Otherwise, anyone could claim that they were Native American and try to use benefits that are regulated/set up for Native Americans only.
    pixie_trix

    Answer by pixie_trix at 4:20 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Yes. Because if they are born on a reservation they aren't legally US Citizens... It's sad but true! It's done that way because certain practices which are a part of Native Culture are illegal on US soil... The US Government seems to feel this is some kind of good thing... All in all, it's just sad!
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:20 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • I think that's total BS that you have to. Your ancestors were here, and my ancestors (not directly) came and took land away from you. And because of that you have to carry a card?
    ballewal

    Answer by ballewal at 4:16 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • You have to be registered (IE: carry a card) in order to receive tribal benefits/government benefits.

    For example:
    To use tribal health clinics free of cost or at cust cost.... you must be a registered member of that tribe.
    In order to receive an allottment (or portion of) of the profits from a casino on tribal land.. you must be a registered member of that tribe.
    In order to receive tribal housing, tribal housing asssistance.. you must be a registered member of that tribe.
    pixie_trix

    Answer by pixie_trix at 4:40 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • I forgot to add this.

    One does not "have" to register. It is not something mandated by law..

    However, if one wishes to be recognized as Native American (legally), as a member of a specific tribe, and/or receive benefits due to being a tribal member. Then they must register themselves as a Native American (which includes proving a blood percentage, and that your line is part of the tribe you are registering for).
    pixie_trix

    Answer by pixie_trix at 4:48 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Thats because you are so special.....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:16 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • I didn't know that. What does the card say/entitle you to? Or does it make a difference in your day to day life?
    parrishsky

    Answer by parrishsky at 4:17 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • SabrinaMBowen makes another good point/observation


    . Reservations are considered to be "sovereign land".. They are in and among themselves their own nation/states. In order to be considered a member of that sovereign state, one must be "registered" to it/in it.. ie: card carrying native.


    It is a  sad state of affairs all the way around.

    pixie_trix

    Answer by pixie_trix at 4:27 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

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