Monday, January 5, 2009

Indian Blood Card !!!!

Last Saturday I got my Indian blood card in the mail. It had my last name as my madien name so I called to check and that is how they all are. So it is finally official after 26 years. I am a Choctaw Indian.

Now, I am going to call and make a dental appointment. I am not really sure who I am going to call. So that is going to take some more research. I know about half an hour away is a clinic, but I think there is one closer. I guess I will ask the girl I met at my tribal meeting, who invited us to a pow-wow. She might at least know who to talk to.

I feel like I have more peace of mind then ever before. I know that if my husband dies, I will have more options now. For instance, myself and my daughter will have a very basic health care. Also in Oregon the only casino's are Native American. So even though I am part of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, I am given consideration over others to work there (I think?). Also there if we needed shelter we would be able to live on a reservation. I am not sure how all those rules work, we might have to move to Oklahoma for that one.

Anyways, I hope my husband never dies. If it were to happen, even though I am physically crippled I now feel like I could figure it all out (as far as surviving).



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5 comments:

  1. That is awesome! So you actually have an id card type thing? How much Indian heritage did you have to prove? My dh is Hawaiian and you have to be a certain percentage Hawaiian to be considered for certain things not that we live in Hawaii and could do that. My grandfather always said he was part Native American, but I have never seen any evidence of it - he did look it in some ways, but I wonder how to go about checking to see if it was true. He passed away a very long time ago.

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  2. There are five "civilized" tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole) that the Federal Government recognizes. You don't have to prove any percentage for them just that that someone in your blood line was registered to the tribe. If you know who was registered (or can guess) all you need is death or birth certificates following the line back to the first "enrollee" Then contact your tribes membership center for an application and send everything in. Once your registered you can get your children's card and all they will need to get there children's card is their birthcertificates and their childs.

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  3. Glad you got your card!It is a sence of security.I as well have chronic back pain from an injury in 1982..it is very bad at times..My daughter in law just got my little granddaughter charlize mae on the tribal stuff.She is from arizona but little miss was born here in alabama where they live now.The nearest clinics here are like 80 miles away...sad,,,
    i just stopped in and wanted to tell you i did a shout out for your blog on mine today!

    maybe soon i can get you to help with my blog graphics...

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  4. Is everyone an Indian these days? I am of partial English origin, can I go to live in England? The natural path to our origins are misty. You are, they are, we are but I am only baige.

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  5. No one would want to be Indian if it were not for the benefits. No wants to be black if they are high yellow. No wants to be the immigrant because everyone wants to belong. White people are affraid to be white anymore because they feel they will be branded "racist." Be happy you are what you are, after all what you are born as is just an accident. It is not where you are from, who you are or what shade of skin you might have... but its were you are going that counts. No card where I come from but post cards back to the folks in the "white man's reserve" back in the trailer park!

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