I excited to have met you too!! As I'm sure you know, most of the people you meet on the web are new bloods. I don't have a problem with new bloods, I think its great that they're finally figuring out who their grandparents were and all. I'll help them out all I can, but when I want to talk about what it means to have lived it all your life, new bloods just can't keep up.
Glad you don't have to live on the res. Some are alright but most are the pits. I grew up on the Osage res in Oklahoma. Ours is a little different than most. For one, its not technically a res. We own it. Instead of being "removed" like most tribes were (because we were some big ol' mean sonsabiches) the government gave us $1.25 per acre for the land we had in Kansas. Then we went down and bought land in Oklahoma from the Cherokees for $0.75 an acre (sorry, ya'll got the short on that one
) Well lo and behold that land was sitting on a mother load of oil and natural gas. The Osage tribe became the richest per capita people in the world for a while. It was funny too because they'd have great big beautiful homes built on their tract of land and buy the most expensive cars on the market but they'd still cook over a pit in the front yard and had to hire drivers to take them everywhere because they didn't know how to drive (and with their money, didn't have to learn.)
Eeeee... sorry, I slipped into a bit of a history lesson there didn't I? Anyway, the point of the story is that our res has electricity and plumbing and nice towns and all. It's mostly poor now though. At least that much is still very much like other reservations.
Hey, I hear they make Cherokee speed tape in all sorts of colors now. Even saw some pictures of girls making their prom dresses out of it. Bet they didn't know how ethnic they were being.
I bet I can find the perfect match for your plastic canoe.
Martha Stewart says Connecticut is beautiful country. I'd love to see it someday. Indiana stinks... sometimes quite literally (hog processing plants). But hey, in a couple of years, my butt is going to New Mexico for law school. We need a few good tribals lawyers out there. Too bad I'm not one now, I'd be all over that Abramoff fella.
How far do you travel for powwows?