Thanks for commenting! I’m familiar with the Elizabeth Warren example and agree that whether intentional or not, she was wrong and as far as I know, still hasn’t acknowledged this.
From what I gathered, I’ve actually got no ancestry past the Ohio River, but they weren’t in high New England either. There was New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as Ohio, but I was only reliably able to go back about 5 generations so it’s hard to say. As you added, it’d be minute if anything.
In the same vein, I want to learn more from Native Americans about their culture (if I’m even using the appropriate term) in a way that’s respectful and not appropriating. So many complications can stem just from that — is it because I see their culture as something I want to own? Or just as a fad to be picked up and let go when I’ve gotten some magic level of knowledge? I’d like to think not, but it’s important to consider motive before doing anything.