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Can you convert to native?

Can you convert to native?

It is private and entirely cultural. You cannot convert to ‘Native American’ any more than you can convert to African-American or Korean or any other cultural identity you would need to be raised in to understand.

Can I live on an Indian reservation?

No. American Indians and Alaska Natives live and work anywhere in the United States (and the world) just as other citizens do. Many leave their reservations, communities or villages for the same reasons as do other Americans who move to urban centers: to seek education and employment.

Can I adopt a Native American child if I am not Native American?

Even though you may not be Native American, it is still possible to adopt a Native American child. I did. I am not Native American, and I am not officially registered with any tribe but, by God’s grace, I was able to adopt not one but two children who are of Native American heritage!

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Was there ever just one Native American religion?

In the early days after first European contact, and throughout much of the colonial period, Native American religions were not recognized as such, or were deemed merely “heathenish.” One difficulty arises from a lack of understanding that there never has been just one Native-American religion.

Does the Free Exercise Clause apply to Native-American religions?

Application of the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause to Native-American religions, however, has been inconsistent. In the early days after first European contact, and throughout much of the colonial period, Native American religions were not recognized as such, or were deemed merely “heathenish.”

What is the relationship between Native American and Christianity?

Christianity, in particular, has greatly penetrated Native American spirituality in the last century. Additionally, New Age beliefs have become quite prominent in the last few decades. Most Native American groups acknowledge an all-powerful, all-knowing creator God or “Master Spirit.”