A shappyq update on my family’s story – The Indian Thing – which I recently posted about my family losing our Indian rights and quest to regain them. My sister, Pamela Latham, has received her Mohawk rights! The process can take up to 3-4 years – she waited just a year.
Here are her first reflections – I will interview Pam in March when I visit Niagara Falls.
On Jan. 26th, 2010 I received confirmation that I am now registered as an Indian and as a member of the Upper Mohawk Six Nations Band.
This acknowledgement from my Grandfather’s roots is very important to me. There is no stigma to who I am, something my grandfather taught me early on. Though I’d been taught the stigmas of being an indian, I embraced my heritage because my grandfather embraced me.
He taught me to be proud, work hard, love the land, love God, love who you are and where you came from. Everyone tried to squash that – or so it seemed.
Thank You Grandpa, for I was a weak “little bit of a thing”. You wouldn’t settle for that with me, You gave me hope, laughter, joy and faith. When things got rough, you taught me to make a statement.
That’s my “Indian Thing” — to be proud, work hard, love your land – no matter who you are.
I want to thank Six Nations for the honor they have given me.