The Classification Of Native Americans

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The classification of Native Americans by the United States government has long produced tension. Native Americans within the United States are classified using standards that differ from those used to classify other racial or ethnic minorities, specifically African Americans. While, historically, the classification of African-Americans as relied upon the “one-drop” rule, the classification of Native Americans over the past hundred years has relied upon varying, complicated, and ultimately arbitrary blood rules. However, the reliance upon blood laws does not illustrate the effects of self-identification or identification by others. Across the United States, there are various persons who would self-identify as Native American but are not viewed as validly Native American due to identification by others, blood, tribal affiliation, etc. Thus, our question comes to revolve around whose, what, identification matters most, that of blood, that of others, or that of self. Using the Austrian model of affirmative action as a foundation for both critiquing and envision the possible. Within the Habsburg Empire the multiplicity of nationalities, specifically that of Germans and Czechs, created undeniably dangerous tension, which did in many circumstances led to discrimination, oppression, and violence. In a series of attempts to equalize the legal, political, and social equity, there was a construction of a new legal system over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth…
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