Becoming Indian The Struggle over Cherokee Identity in the Twenty-first Century /

" ... Racial shifter ... are people who have changed their racial self-identification from non-Indian to Indian on the U.S. census. Many racial shifters are people who, while looking for their roots, have recently discovered their Native American ancestry ..."

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Sturm, Circe, 1967-
Format: eBook
Published: Santa Fe : School for Advanced Research Press, 2011.
Edition:1st ed.
Series:School for Advanced Research resident scholar series
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Opening
  • Racial shifters: What lies beneath : hidden histories and racial ghosts ; Racial choices and the specter of whiteness ; Racial conversion and Cherokee neotribalism
  • Citizen Cherokees: Shifting race, shifting status : citizen Cherokees on "wannabes" ; Documenting descent and other measures of tribal belonging ; States of sovereignty : tribal recognition and the quest for political rights ; Closing
  • Appendix 1: Self-identified Cherokee organizations
  • Appendix 2: State-recognized American Indian tribes
  • Appendix 3: 1828 excerpts from the Cherokee Phoenix
  • Appendix 4: Mail survey of self-identified Cherokees
  • Appendix 5: Formal interview data, self-identified and state-recognized Cherokees
  • Appendix 6: Formal interview data, federally recognized Cherokees.