Erie Indian Moundbuilders Tribal Nation

What + blood = Indian?
Just having the blood doesn't make one an Indian. You gotta have it in your heart. You got 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 (3) 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.

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