In view of the history of the United States, and the hateful discrimination that has occurred against both Native & African Americans, it is appalling to me that such a ruling would be accepted. On the other hand, I understand the need to limit "who" can be a registered member, but as the Dawes rolls go so far back, and whereas some people had status before, it seems unkind to shove these previously accepted people "out the door", so to speak. The Cherokee Nation is just doing the same thing that Whites did to them. It was not only full blooded Cherokee people on that march in the Trail of Tears. Those who are excluded had their ancestors there and suffering too. If it is about money and who can get what, that is enough to make anyone want to limit who can be considered a Native. I, for one, have 3 Native tribes of ancestry running theough my blood. Many of us do not want a "cut" into what the government can give to us. Many of us are not accepted among Whites or African Americans, and just want a place and a people to belong to. Shall we also be shunned by those who, in the past time, accepted us? Should my very Native looking children be disdaioned by those who have also suffered the same, and should "know better".? If we all belong to and are created by the Great Spirit, and as Natives, know full well, we cannot disalolow or mistreat another without it coming back to us, and our having to answer to it before Creator, how can one Native MISTREAT another in any way, and still consider themselves Native in spirit as well as genealogy? How hypocrital to do what was ever done to you without good moral reason. I and mine stand for love, unity, truth, and honesty toward all, despite what background you may come from. That is what Creator wants among all of his creatures, whether two, four, six, eight legged, armed, or winged. I have not much more to say. What goes around, comes around, and the Peacemaker said to not only love Creator, but our neighbor as ourself. Blessings. AwiEtsi.