What Are You Proud To Be?

What Are You Proud To Be?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown January 29th, 2014 Last Updated on: January 29th, 2014

As Native Americans, we call ourselves many things. What are you proud to be?

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

29 thoughts on “What Are You Proud To Be?

  1. Lisa Miller says:

    My comment is to John Coats. I would like to more of your family history. I have a John Coats that was my great great grandfather. He was married to Lena. any chance we are related?

  2. I cherish my Native ancestry, my culture, traditions and spiritual walk in life. I am of Cherokee descent but embrace all my Native brothers and sisters. I choose to define myself by blood quantum as it is a means of division and does not promote unity as our ancestors lived. As Wilma Mankiller has stated “An Indian is an Indian regardless of the degree of blood or which little government cared they do or do not posses” that was Europeans ways of discriminating against our ancestors and determining who they had to honor treaties with by using the Dawes Rolls and other rolls. I am mixed blood and proud of my roots, my journey in life and who I have become through embracing my Native heritage.

  3. Hmm I’m of the opinion that Cherokee’s must have been the most promiscuous of all Native tribes. I’ve seldom met a white person who claimed “part Indian”that didn’t claim “great great grandmother was a Cherokee princess”.Those princess’s (?) must have been busy girls.

  4. Marsha Garza says:

    I am proud to be the 9th great-granddaughter of the famous Indian princess, Pocahontas, daughter of the great Chief Powhatan! My daughter traced our heritage back through my dad’s mom on ancestry.com. I am related to other well-known people along the way but I am most proud to be a granddaughter of Pocahontas! Who knew ?! Regular old me!

  5. I am proud to be part Cherokee!! Trying to learn as much as I can. My great grandfather was full blood Cherokee. He is on the Dawes rolls . Not many family left but am loving the research and discovering this part of my ancestry.

  6. Jay Lore says:

    I am Lenape. Turtle Clan. My grandmother was a Medicine Woman. I am proud to be part of the First Nation. And grateful to know some of the old ways.

  7. Darlene Canfield says:

    When I was going up I hard that my mother was Cherokee Indian and Frank Canfield was real father was German. as Got older I learn that he was my step father I never my real father, so my son pay for My DNA test, well I saw shock to learn that I am a Full Blooded Native American. I am proud. My DNA did not Match with other Only Native American Indian,

  8. Paula McMillion says:

    Im very proud to be cherokee indian, always have been and always will be thank you!

  9. Heather says:

    I Am proud to be metis! I am 1/2 Metis blood, with both my Great Grandparents being Metis, My Grandparents and my Mother. Both my native great, Great Grandmothers were Mohawk, but I grew up with the Northern Cree of Northern Alberta and no I do not speak French 🙂

  10. marlene Airlie says:

    You are an amazing people’s. I live in England but I follow many Native American Internet site’s I love your history the wonderful sayings and I am In awe of your connection with the Wolf my favourite creature.

  11. Edward TwoWolves Redden says:

    Iam very proud of being Chuptank (im a great descendant of Chief St.Claire) Chippewa,Cherokee,Apache and Irish… I am having trouble finding out more info about what happened to the Chuptank since i want to learn more about my heritage

  12. Charlotte Dancisin says:

    I am only scratching the surface of who I am… I know.. I am Native..my mother & her siblings being adopted away from their Father.. a full blood Cherokee..I am proud to know he fought til his last breath for them. My Leesee said I was born with my fists clenched.. I was born with a fighting spirit.. a kind heart and my grandfathers good looks. Many many blessings to all my Native Brothers and sisters. Whomever or Wherever they may be! I always wondered why I felt at peace around running water and the forest.. thanks to the Dawes Rolls. I now know why. I have been through much in my life, but one thing I can say is I am PROUD to be NATIVE and I have the strength and drive within me to persevere no matter what!

  13. BOB SMITH says:

    I would like 2 say I am NATIVE AMERICAN and 1/2 GERMAN is on my mothers side and my father is full blooded BLACKFEET and I am proud of them both and I injoy going 2 all the POW-WOWS I can and I dance in them all I go 2 SO MY THE GRATE SPIRIT WATCH OVER ALL OF MY NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHERS & SISTERS

  14. JAMES G. HORSE says:

    “What is a Indian” me I am a full blood urban Kiowa educated 1967 in San Francisco Calif. and work for the white man learning his way’s, to Tulsa Okla. Natural Gas Processing today like my Dad & Mom Dad a WWII vet show me, USN ways, taught me, how to Kill for food, mom teaching were of white man Bible…so now 2014 my family and I are fighting for Soverengty on BigBow trust land A Kiowa Tax Commission Authority sovereign propane enterprise call “Native Okla. LPG” no, no, no, Tribal NIGC casino’s, Okla Banks, US gov agencies, Tribal Leaders….all will not support this needed enterprise vital to the growth of tribal tax revenue so I ask my self “What is a Indian on trust Land” Dad gone..now I’am a dad my boys are looking, a dad myself today we must teach “white man ways” it’s called “Tribal Culture” & “Team work” between tribal governments. Ah-ho! Thanks!

  15. Lahoma Wolfe says:

    I thank God daily for my Indian Heritage and the blessings from above, my grandmother was part Cherokee.

  16. Beate Ellis says:

    I was born in Germany, I know I have Indian blood in me, so many times people people thought I was Indian, and so very proud of it. In all my years have never forgotton it but so proud and have always been proud, even in grade school. My late husband was 1/3 Cherokee, a very honorable man and proud of his heritage. He taught me many of the Indian ways. His cousin was an Indian Chief in Cherokee, NC. He lived on the reservation, and being the cousin of the Chief, had a high ranking and was well respected in the community.

  17. John Coats says:

    I am proud to be an American and seen thru out history and now how bad the Indians where and are treated. Also studied history and Indian history in the university. I have always been drawn to the Indian dances since I was a small child. I have a great-great Grandmother that was full blooded Cherokee Indian. I know that is not very much blood that runs thru my veins but tells me when I was a child by wanting to chant and dance like the Indians. But I am behind all tribes to get what they are due to them from this government. John Coats.

    • Linda Dalton says:

      My family comes from Oklahoma. Dad mixed/Blackfoot. Mother mixed/Cherokee. I am proud to be North American Indian. Proud to preserve the stories and culture. Member of The Cherokee Community of the Inland Empire, California. Try to do family trees and get as many Cherokees documented as I can for the future of the nation. No matter what the label is Native, Indigenous, I am North American Indian and proud of it. That ‘North American Indian’ defines me and where my homeland is and sends a message who my people are. No mislabeling will take that away from me, no intruders will take my rights away as a Native North American we are the first people, the first people of North America, the United States of America, United we stand for our people. ‘Indigenous’ is a way of saying all native Indian people are the same. It is a way of dividing our people taking away political and geographical boundaries, and our history What our people lived for, the land, our families and our way of life.

    • Linda Dalton says:

      Osiyo John, Julia was guest speaker at our general meeting for the satelite tribe of the Cherokee Community of the Inland Empire a couple of months ago . Enjoyed her talk about our history. Wado, for your work for our people and the nation.

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