See it here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/spookee_ndns/26602.html#cutid3
Similarly, that is why I REFUSE to be a "certified" Hawaiian through the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' Kau Inoa registration program:
I do not
Unfortunately some people don't understand that. However I simply will not succumb to anyone or any entity's definition of defining who I am. Unfortunately many people feel and/or think that they HAVE to belong to a group in order to be recognized.
Fortunately... you do not have to be part of a group to be recognized for whom you are nor do you have to have an ID card from anyone or any entity to tell you that you are indigenous. Fuck that! I'll tell YOU if I am indigenous or not.
Then again... that is only so obvious but my attitude is that I will never ever "register" to be an "official" Hawaiian. After all... it's in my 'iwi. It's in my bones!
Then again... many indigenous people bitch and moan about the "colonial" mentality that some of us have yet they are the very ones who have it. Take a look in their wallet. Do they have an ID card? Did they "register" to be recognized as an indigenous person? If so... they have that very colonized mentality of which they speak.
My point: For
Anyway I admire that girl. More people should be like her... indigenous or not.