White. Wait, no! Turns out Cherokee.

Stephanie McCleery,
Portland, OR.

Adopted at birth, assumed white, found out 1/4 Cherokee at age 40 when found by birth mother.

Keep the conversation going - comment and discuss with your thoughts

  • nm_guy

    I’d say you are whatever you were raised. Blood quantums and ancient DNA connections doesn’t make a person anything. Being Cherokee or any native group should be about growing up in a native community, speaking the language, and knowing cultural practices. Not about someone’s great, great, great, great grandmother being on a role or having this much percent “blood” of one group or another.

    • Nelson Richards

      Totally agree with you on that! Living a “white” life for 40 years and then finding out you had some distant Cherokee ancestor doesn’t automatically mean you’re part of that culture.

  • nm_guy

    I’d say you are whatever you were raised. Blood quantums and ancient DNA connections doesn’t make a person anything. Being Cherokee or any native group should be about growing up in a native community, speaking the language, and knowing cultural practices. Not about someone’s great, great, great, great grandmother being on a role or having this much percent “blood” of one group or another.

 

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