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The Recognition Of Indian And Transgender Identity Essay

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The Recognition of Indian and Transgender Identity There are various groups throughout the United State and globally that continue to be treated as though they are not who they say they are. Indian and transgender individuals, while very different, face similar identity issues. Both groups have faced and continue to face issues regarding their identity and whether or not they can be legally recognized for who they are. Indian tribes such as the Navajo have blood quantum laws preventing anyone with less than a quarter Navajo blood from registering with their tribe. This means that they are unable to be legally recognized as an Indian, despite having Indian ancestors. In comparison, the transgender community is facing legal issues with a new bill in North Carolina and Mississippi that requires them to use the bathroom of the gender they were born into. In addition to this, it takes away legal protection for people who identify as LGBT, allowing for legal discrimination. The percent of people who identify as transgender is 0.3% in the United States as of 2011. (How Many People Are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender?). The percent of Indians in the United States as of 2013 is two percent, or 5.2 million (Facts for Features: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2014). The misrepresentation Indians and Transgender communities face within the United States is a controversial issue, one that can be seen in the news, novels, and more. For centuries,
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