Hi. I have posted before about being a native white (I guess if some people can be "white natives" then I am a "native white" because I look native American and all my relatives from that side live where natives used to live, but because we don't have any papers- they were burned when all the re-education was going on
we don't have any way to get a "number") and now having done some more looking, it seems we are probably Chiricahuas, almost certainly Apache. 'Course the matriarch insists we are Spanish to the last drop.
ANYWAY- as it turns out, the Chiricahua are not a federally recognized tribe. I knew for some time we were probably Chiricahua but did not check anything and just assumed that was a recognized tribe. So apparently my people are still at war with the U.S. since we never signed a peace treaty as a specific group.
Sounds like my relatives.
I am going to do genetic testing through my dad and mine my aunt for more names and try to go to the LDS databases for more proof. I have always maintained that I don't want a NUMBER or money, so it's really cool if my tribe could not possibly give me that anyway. At least nobody will assume that's what we want.
Well, my BIL *does* want that, which is why he'd pay for part the testing to be done if I promised to do my work to get papers, so they'd probably go for "just" Apache, but whatever.
So my question is, any other Chiricahua mamas out there? Are you involved in getting recognition? Where can I go to meet tribal elders (in person) if there is no reservation?
Who's in charge?