CherokeeEtsians Osiyo (hello)!

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CherokeeEtsians is a moderated team with the following requirements:

Anyone over the age of 18 who is of Cherokee Indian heritage is welcome to join, reguardless of blood quantum or enrollment status. That being said, it should be noted that there are only three federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the USA: The Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee in North Carolina. Lately, there have been many fradulent fake Cherokee "tribes" popping up in several states. None of these so-called tribes are legitimate, and some are even criminal organizations. These groups often distort Cherokee culture and history, and make it more difficult for real Cherokees to be taken seriously. Therefore, the first and most important rule is this:

PROMOTING ANY NON-FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED CHEROKEE "TRIBE" (Including "state recognized") IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED! Anyone doing so will banned. For more information on the harm these fradulent tribes cause, please go to Youtube and search for a video called "Cherokee Nation: What is a Real Indian Nation?"

Rule number two is always be respectful. Disagreements will happen in any group and respectful debate is allowed. However, if anyone resorts to insults it will result in a banning.

Also, please note that if you are NOT a member of a federally recognized tribe and you make Native style items, you are required by federal law to state that the item is not considered Indian Made. Please refer to the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.

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Original Post

Sarah says

Osiyo dohitsu? (Hello, how are you?). Let me introduce myself. My name is Sarah, aka the Vegan Hippie Freak and I'm the team Captain. I'm 24 years old and I am a Licensed Practical Nurse (aka Vocational Nurse). I am of Cherokee descent on my mother's side. I am a decendent of the Hall and McCoy families from the Kentucky/West Virginia area. Due to the fact that my direct ancestors hid their heritage and did not appear on the 1924 Baker Roll and the fact that the Eastern Band enrollment is currently only open to people from birth to 3 and 18 to 19, I am not eligible for enrollment. However, I am still proud of my Cherokee blood and take every opportunity to learn about it. I am currently learning the Cherokee language and have visited the Qualla Boundary in NC a couple of times. My plan is to become a midwife and open a practice in Cherokee, NC.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I hope you enjoy being a member of this group. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Have a osda (good) day!

Posted at 2:21 pm Feb 13, 2012 EST

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Hello Sarah! Thank you for adding me to the group. As I mentioned in my application, my great grandmother on my father's side was full bloodied Cherokee. I also have Cherokee blood on my mother's side, but farther down the line. I have always been drawn to the Cherokee culture, and would love to learn the language. I have also been to Qualla in Cherokee many times and love it!. I am excited to be a part of this team!!

Posted at 11:16 pm May 15, 2012 EDT

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