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Simone Martin, Culturally Ho-Chunk, 2012

Arvina and Simone Martin are both Native children.  Yes they are multiracial, but many of the family traditions they are exposed to are Ho-Chunk.  Both girls are one-forth “Native blood” they cannot be enrolled in their Ho-Chunk and Stockbridge nations, because neither girl has enough Ho-Chunk or Stockbridge blood quantum to be enrolled in either.  They are not recognized as Native children by any tribal or federal governments.  Hence they are not Native people.

 

 

     

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