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New Stickers for American Indians/First Nations/Native Americans

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This page was created in the spring of 2021 by former member S.D. in support of a proposal on G2G to change stickers related to American Indians/Native Americans and First Nations profiles. It is retained for archival purposes.

The current stickers for American Indians/Native Americans and First Nations profiles are...

... ... ... was a Native American.
... ... ... was a Native American and member of the Cherokee tribe.
... ... ... was a Canadian First Peoples .
... ... ... was a Canadian First Peoples and member of the Mi'kmaq Nation.

... with no ability to use the preference of American Indian. Also, the current U.S.-Canada border did not exist at the time of many of our ancestors. Many Ojibwe ancestors existed within a tribe which resided in places on both sides of the what is now the U.S. and Canada.

Reviewing Wikitree stickers for other roots, we find:

... ... ... has German Roots.
... ... ... was born in England.
... ... ... was born in Somerset, England.
... ... ... has English ancestors.
.. ... ... has French origins.
... ... ... has ancestors from India.
.. ... ... was born in India.
... ... ... was born in Spain.
... ... ... has Slavic Roots.
... ... ... has Irish ancestors.

Applying the current sticker for American Indians/Native Americans and First Nations people to Europeans would be akin to saying ... ... ... was a European of the nation of England.

Why do we treat the sovereign nations of North America differently without really addressing the historical differences of these nations?

The formats of many of the other roots stickers would be more helpful on profiles I write. I'm hoping we can create additional or replacement stickers.


SOME IDEAS

... ... ... has [Sisseton] roots.
... ... ... has [Mdewakanton] ancestors.
... ... ... has [Anishinaabe] origins.
... ... ... was [Dakota].
... ... ... was [Nakota].
... ... ... was [Lakota].
... ... ... was [Sisseton].
... ... ... was [Hunkpapa].
... ... ... was of the [Sisseton] band of [Dakota].
... ... ... was of the [Hunkpapa] band of [Lakota].


FOR MODERN COMMUNITIES

... ... ... was an enrolled member of the [White Earth Nation].
... ... ... was an enrolled member of the [Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community].


OTHER IDEAS (FOR PRE-TREATY BIRTHS)

... ... ... was born in [Ojibwe] territory
OR ... ... ... was born in [Ojibwe] country.
... ... ... was born in [Ojibwe] territory of an [Ojibwe] mother and [Dakota] father.
... ... ... was born in [Ojibwe] territory of an [Ojibwe] mother and [French-Canadian] father.
... ... ... was named on the ... ... ... Treaty of [YEAR].


I am not able to use the current stickers because of the preferences of family and because the stickers do not always optimally work with mixed ancestry. Also, thinking about Wikitree's policy of accuracy and acknowledging place names AT THE TIME of the event, it would not be accurate to use European names for places in North America pre-treaty. The places had names, but they were not in English. I would like to hear more ideas from people who have American Indian/First Nations/Native American ancestors. Thank you!


Alternative simpler model proposed by Jillaine

Double (( and )) represent the double version of curly brackets { and } that serve as template tags.

((Native American Sticker)) (without parameters); gives:

Firstname was Native American
[see alternative use of tribe= in order to use "American Indian" instead of "Native American"]

The following parameters

| tribe=Tribename

First name was Tribename
example: Pocahontas was Powhatan
tribe= can also be used to denote an alternative to "Native American"; e.g., tribe="American Indian" will deliver Firstname was American Indian

|origins

without tribe= Firstname had Native American origins
with tribe= First name had Tribename origins

|descendant [only for living individuals]

without tribe= Firstname is a Native American descendant
with tribe= Firstname is a Tribename descendant

Alternatively:

Again, looking at other stickers...

... ... ... has German Roots.
... ... ... has English ancestors.
.. ... ... has French origins.

The person's ancestors and origins do not change once they've passed - so present tense can still work.

This sticker works for people (dead or alive) who do or do not consider themselves to be Indian/Native and want to acknowledge Native roots.

Allan has [American Indian] ancestors. (or the new sticker could use roots or origins)
Allan has [Native American] ancestors.
Allan has [Dakota] ancestors.
Allan has [Sisseton Dakota] ancestors.
Allan has [Dakota and Ojibwe] ancestors.
Angelique has [Muskogee (Creek)] ancestors.

This sticker works for people who clearly live/lived as a [fill in the blank].

Kabupi is/was [American Indian].
Kabupi is/was [Native American].
Kabupi is/was [Dakota].
Kabupi is/was [Sisseton Dakota].

The only thing missing here - I think - is enrollment. Many American Indians/Native Americans take great pride in their enrollment as a member of a sovereign nation.

This sticker works for enrolled American Indians/Native Americans.

... ... ... [is/was] an enrolled member of [White Earth Nation].
... ... ... [is/was] an enrolled member of [the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community].

Three stickers can get the job done.





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When dealing with the Five Civilized Tribes, I would suggest that the stickers stay as they were, and add one for Intermarried members and one for Freeman.
posted by James Kennedy
I like the simplification of Jillaine's suggestions, and I think those ideas would work for many situations. In addition to origins, I like ancestors and roots (as other nations/ethnicities use), but I can live with origins. I DO wonder how one would know a person has American Indian/Native American roots/ancestors/origins without knowing the tribe/nation if not the band.

I also think the whole thing can be simplified even further. Again, looking at other stickers...

... ... ... has German Roots.
... ... ... has English ancestors.
.. ... ... has French origins.

The person's ancestors and origins do not change once they've passed - so present tense can still work.

This sticker works for people (dead or alive) who do or do not consider themselves to be Indian/Native and want to acknowledge Native roots.

Allan has [American Indian] ancestors. (or the new sticker could use roots or origins)
Allan has [Native American] ancestors.
Allan has [Dakota] ancestors.
Allan has [Sisseton Dakota] ancestors.

This sticker works for dead people who clearly lived as a [fill in the blank].

Kabupi is/was [American Indian].
Kabupi is/was [Native American].
Kabupi is/was [Dakota].
Kabupi is/was [Sisseton Dakota].
Allan has [Dakota and Ojibwe] ancestors.
Angelique has [Muskogee (Creek)] ancestors.

The only thing missing here - I think - is enrollment. Many American Indians/Native Americans take great pride in their enrollment as a member of a sovereign nation.

This sticker works for enrolled American Indians/Native Americans.

... ... ... [is/was] an enrolled member of [White Earth Nation].
... ... ... [is/was] an enrolled member of [the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community].

Three stickers can get the job done.

Also - I am not comfortable with Wikitree making a default preference of Native American. The preference should not be created by Wikitree but by the people whose identities are being documented.

posted by [Living D]
edited by [Living D]
SD - Would the newly created Heritage Sticker meet your needs? Template: Heritage Sticker.

Also, there's a Template: User Ethnicity sticker that might suit for mixed ancestry.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
I think Jillaine's suggestions are a good solution. Would it be possible for people to use the sticker twice (that's for the people who want to list more than one tribe, e.g. Firstname was Creek AND Firstname had Cherokee origins)?

There will never be a solution that makes everyone happy, but this seems to offer more options and a way to avoid the "Native American" appellation that some object to.

I don't know if or how this affects First Peoples in Canada, they have their own terminology, but it would allow someone to add the sticker to a member of a tribe whose territory falls on both sides of the border (there are some like this on the Mexico border, too) without using the word "American."

posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
Kathie - the three stickers I proposed would address all of your concerns and would even allow for :

Kabupi was [Dakota and Ojibwe].

I feel strongly (please consider) that a sticker should be created for the sovereign nations whose territory lies within the U.S.:

... ... ... [is/was] an enrolled member of the [White Earth Nation].

I would be willing to volunteer to hunt down flags for as many as I can find of state and federally-recognized tribes/nations.

Thanks!

Also - I am not comfortable with Wikitree making a default preference of Native American. The preference should not be created by Wikitree but by the people whose identities are being documented.

posted by [Living D]