On Identity and Integrity in Indian Country

by waaseyaa'sin christine sy

The last week has been rife with commentary and response in social media on the re-emergence of facts and details of Andrea Smith’s false portrayals in being Cherokee. This article is the latest and beautifully grounded in Indigenous intellectual tradition, in my opinion. It is thoughtful, calm, considerate of multiple positions, and grounded in issues relevant to the well-being of Indigenous peoples and Nations…issues that are attended, in part, through academia. It seeks to generate respectful dialogue and reflection on this important matter despite lines of disagreement. It reflects the negative impacts people have been experiencing, including a focus on emotion and the heart–not just the intellect. It is hopeful for something better.

Have a read:

Indigenous Women Scholars Speak on Andrea Smith

Addendum, July 9, 2015

Andrea Smith Responds

Addendum, July 11, 2015

David Cornsilk, Cherokee Genealogist, Responds to Defenders of Andrea Smith