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What My Tribal ID Can Tell Me About Being Wampanoag, and What It Can’t

I needed those moments of tangible Native-ness, because I was never sure if I was Native enough.

On Native Being and Belonging, a new column by Joseph Lee on Native American identity.

Maybe he’s right. Land and continued existence on it are important to all Native people I know. But, I asked him, isn’t valuing land above all else even more regressive than privileging language or culture? Why do we have to be tied to this land? I realize now that I was conflating membership and identity again. My Wampanoag identity might not be tied to the land, but my citizenship in our nation is.