Sterling HolyWhiteMountain

What is an Indian?


In the background of all issues involving American Indians is always the question of what is an Indian? While there are any number of groups in this country today who have complicated issues surrounding identity, there is no identity issue more complicated than that of American Indian identity. As an aside, you will notice I did not say no identity issue is more important. It’s difficult to call any American Indian issue in this country important in a standard social sense the way, say, African-American issues are important — there simply aren’t enough Indians in the country to warrant national media attention. When it comes to politics, numbers are, in a way, everything...

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HolyWhiteMountain, Sterling. "What is an Indian?" Montana Public Radio. September 18th, 2013. Opinion. (, accessed September 23, 2013)