My grandmother was part Cherokee. I am, I understand, something around one sixty-fourth Cherokee. And, I understand, for years my grandmother’s family tried to hide their Indian status.
They did that for a lot of reasons, but a big one is how the federal government would prefer it if fewer folks were Native American.
Oh, how times change – now the government wants folks to be Indians, as the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in United States v. Alvirez shows us.