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The Game We Play

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For much of my life I hid my identity somewhere comfortably between Mexican and Tejano. As a particularly brown girl with a funny sounding name, I could leave many confused if I started to explain that I am not an immigrant.  Explaining my identity  was so hard for people who assumed my brown skin meant I was not an American. It’s even harder to assuage brown people who think you are “ashamed” of being Mexican when you tell them you are not an immigrant .  My family has been in Texas over 9 generations. We lost our native ways somewhere along the path but not our knowing. We were just fine being called Tejano for the most part… but I am nosy. Questions of  race and identity have always intrigued me so after earning an anthropology  degree, and many life experiences later,  I  know  that there is no need for explanation for what simply is. I am an indigenous women.

For any Hispanic or Latina or even self identified Chicana reading this, I want to tell you this was not easy. You yourself may be struggling with understanding why this should even matter. I want to help you get there if I can.

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Community Village Sites's insight:

If you are Latino, how do you self identify when your child is born? If  you don't indicate Amerindian - is your child's identity partially lost? 

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Montana Indian Education for All Law

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From the "Essential Understanding" pdf under "Related Links"


Indian Education for All

Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians


Essential Understanding 1
There is great diversity among the 12 tribal Nations of Montana in their languages, cultures, histories and governments. Each Nation has a distinct and unique cultural heritage that contributes to modern Montana.


Essential Understanding 2
There is great diversity among individual American Indians as identity is developed, defined and redefined by entities, organizations and people. A continuum of Indian identity, unique to each individual, ranges from assimilated to traditional. There is no generic American Indian.


Essential Understanding 3
The ideologies of Native traditional beliefs and spirituality persist into modern day life as tribal cultures, traditions, and languages are still practiced by many American Indian people and are incorporated into how tribes govern and manage their affairs. Additionally, each tribe has its own oral histories, which are as valid as written histories. These histories pre-date the “discovery” of North America.


Essential Understanding 4
Reservations are lands that have been reserved by the tribes for their own use through treaties, statutes, and executive orders and were not “given” to them. The principle that land should be acquired from the Indians only through their consent with treaties involved three assumptions:
I. Both parties to treaties were sovereign powers.
II. Indian tribes had some form of transferable title to the land.
III. Acquisition of Indian lands was solely a government matter not to be left to individual colonists.


Essential Understanding 5
Federal policies, put into place throughout American history, have affected Indian people and still shape who they are today. Much of Indian history can be related through several major federal policy periods: ...


Essential Understanding 6
History is a story most often related through the subjective experience of the teller. With the inclusion of more and varied voices, histories are being rediscovered and revised. History told from an Indian perspective frequently conflicts with the stories mainstream historians tell.


Essential Understanding 7
Under the American legal system, Indian tribes have sovereign powers, separate and independent from the federal and state governments. However, the extent and breadth of tribal sovereignty is not the same for each tribe.

Community Village Sites's comment, December 6, 2011 4:21 PM
Awesome. It took a long time to get here. Now we need it in more states and for every culture.
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Genomics in Patients with Hispanic ancestry

"Pharmacogenomics in the global landscape: Pharmacogenetics and Ethnicity

Speaker: Adrian Llerena, CHMP-Pharmacogenomics Working Party member

Workshop on Pharmacogenomics: from science to clinical care (8 October 2012)"

Community Village Sites's insight:

This video covers some of the controversial topics within Critical Mixed Race Studies. 

The video is also interesting in what it leaves out. Toward the beginning of the video he shows a map of the world and supposedly does not include the U.S. as having Hispanic Latinos. That's just too funny, but in a sad ignorant way. 

Community Village Sites's comment, January 21, 2013 3:41 AM
At the very end of the video: "We need to do more research on these people in order to help them." - Re: Amerindians | Has he asked them if they want to be researched?