Should I put my Native American heritage?
I’m 1/8 Ojibwa on my father’s side, and I didn’t grow up with him, so I didn’t grow up with that part of my identity, either. I’ve been working to reclaim it over these past few years and to earn more about my heritage. I’m not enrolled in a tribe because my grandfather left behind all the official documentation and such. Since I haven’t been particularly affected by my Native American identity (at least to my understanding) I feel kind of like I shouldn’t be putting it. It is a part of my identity and heritage, but is 1/8 a negligible amount, and would it be offensive or hurtful in any ways for me to identify myself as Ojibwa without any federal tribal affiliation or anything?3 replies