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I remember reading in Thomas King's book A Native Narrative, published as part of the Massey Lectures series, that the definition of a status Indian was such that over time, over a few generations, no one would qualify under the definition. Does anyone know more about this? -Tubby
Yes - when status Indians have children with non-Indians, those children can only pass on Indian status if they have children with an Indian. If they have children with a non-Indian, those children will not be eligible for Indian status. As Status Indian marry or have children with non-Indians, their eligibility for status is "diluted". Over time (100 years or so) this will lead to a decline in the Indian population.
You're wrong for one thing, the way it worked was if your father was Indian, you were Indian; if your mother was Indian but your father white (or whatever), you were white (or whatever). But also wrong re population decline; native birth rates are higher than non-native and despite suicide and other problems their numbers have been on the rise....and more and more people are discovering native ancestry and self-identifying as native; so rather the opposite has happened; and now in Canada as of this native numbers doubled overnight.Skookum1 (talk) 16:41, 17 February 2014 (UTC)
Oppose re the merge with Non-Status Indian, this is not the same subject; in fact, it is more about Status Indians than non-Status. Well, now, it seems there is no more such thing as a Non-Status Indian; there are now Status Indians who have no band affiliation....Skookum1 (talk) 16:39, 17 February 2014 (UTC)