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.

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Lisa Miller

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?

Leslie Pappan

I am a proud Osage, Kaw, and Pottawatomie.


I meant to say, I choose NOT to define myself by blood quantum…


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.


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.

shashidhar M

I support their struggle.
Shashidhar,mysore, Karnataka, India

Marsha Garza

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!

Laura Dowell

Proud of my Navajo roots


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.

Jay Lore

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.

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