Most people who don’t have a Native American Indian heritage don’t realize a person can have one-hundred percent Native American Indian bloodlines and still not be recognized as a Native American Indian by the U.S. Federal, state, and local governments.
This is a fact because the U.S. Government in the 1700’s, 1800’s and even in the 1900’s failed, by choice, to recognize hundreds of legitimate Native American Indian tribes and only recognized a very few Indian tribes of the US Governments choice.
The U.S. did this because the white man wanted to eliminate most of the Native American Indians’ customs, languages, and heritage.
Today what the U.S. Government did to the Native American Indians would be called genocide.
The U.S. Government’s actions have resulted in thousands, maybe millions, of American citizens of Native American Indian ancestry from being able to legally claim their Native American Indian heritage.