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Being Indian Is

Being Indian Is......feeding anyone and everyone who comes to your door hungry, with whatever you have.
Being Indian Is......knowing to duck or hide when you see the cops from a mile away, even when you were a kid!
Being Indian Is......being broke all year long because you try to make every Pow Wow, gathering, and ceremony.
Being Indian Is......loving frybread and beans
Being Indian Is.....knowing history started before 1492.
Being Indian Is......full of acronyms that affect your world (BIA, CDIB, etc)
Being Indian Is......losing your job after the grant ends.
Being Indian is ......getting to go to a conference because you work for a new grant program.
Being Indian Is......playing outside, unsupervised on the REZ til 3:00 am.
Being Indian is .......either borrowing or lending money to your NDN brothers and sisters at least once a week.
Being Indian Is......having people ask if they can touch your hair or take your picture or how long have your been growing your hair...and so on...
Being Indian is......to be asked constantly if you still live in tee-pees or ride horses every where you go.
Being Indian is......knowing why the REZ car in "SmokeSignals" was funny!
Being Indian is.......knowing why in "Smoke Signals," the line "do you have your passports?" is funny!
Being Indian is......knowing how to barter or trade for things you need and things you don't!
Being Indian is ......owning at least one "Frybread Power" t-shirt.
Being Indian is......owning at least one "Frybread Inspector" t-shirt.
Being Indian is......owning at least one t-shirt made by "Rez Dog", "Native Threads" or "Native Pride".
Being Indian is.......having more cousins than trees have leaves.
Being Indian is......laughing with your friends so much your facial muscles hurt.
Being Indian is......singing 49 songs using a garbage can for a drum or remembering the days.
Being Indian is......knowing your treaty rights, and political JURISDICTIONS!
Being Indian is.......having the strength to move your family at any given moment, and making it.
Being Indian is......reading about your ancestors and relations in an anthropologist’s paper.
Being Indian is......knowing someone in Bell, Kenwood, Pawhuska, Anadarko, San Carlos, Pine Ridge or Window Rock and hoping to make friends with a dividend Indian from California.
Being Indian is......having a song come to you at the oddest times.
Being Indian is......celebrating the buffalo hunt, or the ripening of the corn, Indian days or the time of year!
Being Indian is.....being an Indian in a movie acting like an Indian, but it's even funnier when you're an Indian watching a movie about Indians acting like Indians!
Being Indian is......laughing at these statement cause If you'd admit it, you can relate to most of them!