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How Much Indian Blood Makes an Indian an Indian?

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Native Americans of Cherokee decent are undergoing profound changes within North Carolina. An increase in employment off the reservation, coupled with the strengthening of industry on the reservation, is resulting in the decline of Native Americans being able to speak in their native tongue or write using the traditional alphabet. Modernization and exposure to life outside of the reservation is leading to an intensification of interracial marriages, or rather, individuals claiming to have Cherokee blood, thus entitling them to a share in the ownership of the reservation. In an attempt to curb the rising number of individuals professing Cherokee heritage, it is now required that individuals be at least 1/16th true Cherokee prior to acceptance into the Eastern Band.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 34 Issue 8, Sept 1966, p9-11, 35-36, il, por