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  •  Some tribes or groups of tribes (Iroquois) ... (7+ / 0-)

    ...do have their own passports. But they aren't always internationally recognized.

    As for voting, some Indians gained citizenship prior to 1924, but that was the year when Calvin Coolidge signed the act that made us all citizens. (Coolidge claimed to have Indian ancestors, though this has not been proven. But Will Rogers, who was a Cherokee member of the Paint Clan, once said of Coolidge: "Politics makes for strange red fellows.")

    But some states resisted letting Indians vote. So, in 1948, those states were made to buckle under. Even then, Colorado refused to let reservation Indians vote until 1970.

    Voter suppression remains a big problem for Indians, one of a number of factors keeping our voting percentages low in most areas.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:54:22 PM PDT

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    •  1970? My God. I had no idea. (0+ / 0-)

      Not getting citizenship until 1924 is bad enough.

      It's interesting that it was Calvin Coolidge -- about the only positive thing I've ever heard that he did.

      Thanks also for the info that the much-loved WIll Rogers was Cherokee, and for quoting his excellent quip.

      --------------- --------------- --------------- "Every part of you belongs to you." -- from a story of Virginia under the Personhood law. Read it here.

      by Fiona West on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 02:57:47 PM PDT

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    •  LOL (0+ / 0-)
      But Will Rogers, who was a Cherokee member of the Paint Clan, once said of Coolidge: "Politics makes for strange red fellows."
      That's a perfect little bit of Native humor.  :-)

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