Andrew Grant-Thomas
Jul 18 · 3 min read

IDENTITY CRISIS: TRIBAL NONENROLLMENT AND ITS CONSEQUENCES FOR NATIVE CHILDREN

REGISTER TO JOIN this free, hour-long, online conversation with your EmbraceRace community, happening this coming TUESDAY, July 23rd, at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET.

Why We Gather. A growing number of children across the U.S. and Canada born to Indigenous parents are not being enrolled as “tribal members” because they are not eligible under blood quantum requirements, generally defined as the share of their ancestors documented as full-blood Natives. Lacking the documentation of their membership in a state or federally recognized Indian tribe, this generation of “Paperless Indians” are also not eligible for a wide range of tribal government services — from health care, housing, and jobs to hunting and fishing rights, religious protections and much more.

Widespread nonenrollment of Indigenous children contributes to a widespread identity crisis among native youth, among whom suicide is the leading cause of death, and raises the question of whether independent, sovereign Indigenous nations will survive into the next seven generations or be completely dissolved and assimilated into American society.

REGISTER to join. Come to share, come to learn, come to be in community with others looking for a just way forward for ourselves and for the next generation.

Souta Calling Last leads Indigenous Vision, a nationwide educational nonprofit that revitalizes Indigenous communities. Her work focuses on cultural preservation, environmental protection, and social justice. In 2018, Souta was chosen for a Boldly Better Roddenberry Fellowship to support work on an interactive map that empowers Indigenous history and economy, and exposes hate crimes and climate injustices. A member of the Blood Tribe First Nation who grew up in Heart Butte, Montana, Souta believes the land and Indigenous People are inextricably linked and that violence towards the land is violence towards the people. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies-Water Resources, an M.A. in Innovative Leadership and Change Management, and is a certified Cultural Humility Trainer.

Tyler Walls holds a B.A. in American Indian Studies and a minor in Geography from Arizona State University and is a certified Cultural Humility Trainer. Tyler grew up in central Arizona and is a member of the Hopi Tribe and affiliated with the Onondaga Nation.

Tyler and Souta are parents to a “Paperless Indian.”Did you forget to register?

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If it’s the 4th Tuesday of the month, it’s time for Talking Race & Kids. Find past episodes and resources, including last month’s conversation with Kids 4 Freedom & Justice, in our archives.

Soon,

Andrew and Melissa
hugs@embracerace.org

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Andrew Grant-Thomas

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Co-founder of EmbraceRace: Raising a Brave Generation. https://www.facebook.com/weembracerace/

Embrace Race

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