How do decide on a Native American category?

+5 votes

My daughter's mother is about 100% "Native American" from Guerrero, Mexico, though she has never been DNA tested. Ancestry DNA says my daughter is 47% Native American (I am zero percent).  My daughter was born here in the US but my wife is not an American Citizen.  I am tempted to categorize them both as

Category: Indigenous Mexican Americans

Would that be correct?  Or maybe just my wife?


asked Nov 11 in Policy and Style by Richard Hollenbeck G2G6 (7,870 points)
retagged Nov 11 by Ellen Smith

The Indígenas Mexico Project in WikiTree has an ambition to add and improve profiles and other content for people with indigenous Mexican ancestry. You might be interested in adding yourself to the project volunteer list (which is currently real short).

Good.  I'll add myself to the project, even though I do not have a drop of Mexican blood flowing through my veins.  I can designate myself as an honorary Mexican since I married one. 

Thank you very much.



1 Answer

+4 votes
Mexican Americans is a term mainly used to describe American (US) citizens of Mexican descent. So only your daughter would technically qualify for that category. If there is no category under Mexico for indigenous peoples it seems appropriate to create one.
answered Nov 11 by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (265,520 points)

Here is the proper category for your wife,

Category: Indigenous Peoples of Mexico

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