"So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."
Chief Tecumseh, Shawnee Nation
What + blood = Indian?
Just having the blood doesn't make one an Indian. You have to have it in your heart. You have to live, breathe, think, eat, speak, sleep, dream and be it. In other words, you have to know your Culture, and practice your Culture. This doesn't mean you have to wear a medicine bag or wear Regalia every day. Nor does it mean you have to constantly remind everyone you meet that you are an Indian. That doesn't make you an Indian. Having a Federal Card doesn’t make you an Indian; it just proves you are an Indian descendant. There will be many people who doubt your claim about who you say you are. If you live it and have the blood you are one and nobody can take that away from you.
There are THREE different types of enrollments.
- The First type is the un-enrolled descendants by blood who for whatever reason have not submitted their required documentation for enrollment. These are important to us because we seek to gather all our People together.
- The Second type is the enrolled descendant by blood. They have submitted all their required documentation proving their lineal descent from a known ancestor. These are the ones who turn in their paperwork, but for whatever reason do not participate actively in the functions and ceremonies of our tribe.
- The Third is the "Traditional People". These are the ones who live each day teaching those with a desire to learn, often times by example. They are actively involved in all functions and ceremonies living their lives as close to the principles of our ancestors as are possible in these modern times. In this group are both the governing body and the spiritual leaders who guide our People from day to day.