Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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III. ACCEPTANCE OF AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP AND MINORITY STATUS BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES


America's efforts to incorporate Indigenous people into its polity have been largely successful. While there are no official statistics on the number of Indians who reject their American citizenship, it is likely that only a few would identify themselves solely as citizens of their own Indigenous nation. In part, this conclusion is a reflection of how few Indigenous people there are in the United States. But patterns of behavior suggest that most Indians today appear to fully accept their status as American citizens. By looking at such things as political activism, voting, and direct participation in the American legislative process, it can be seen that not only are Indians today mindful of their American citizenship, but some have come to identify so strongly with being an American that they appear to have totally relinquished their status as citizens of their own Indigenous nations.

 

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