I think if DNA were considered (something many "Natives" fight), you would find that there is more "Native American" DNA running through the veins of the average Black American than the White "Natives" who live on (and off) those reservations and claim themselves to be "Native".
That is just not true. Most of the contact between Indians and Africans happened before independence. Which means between 1650 and 1780 when Indian and blacks were enslaved together. After emancipation in the 1780's in th north there were very very few Indians and most moved west. White people were far more numerous and intermarried both here and in the states to a much greater degree. because they were not enslaved.
Of course, many "Natives" will tell you "it's not about Black or White; we don't consider anyone a 'Black' or 'White' Native".
Which is true. I know of no nation that puts anything i.e. black white or latino before their tribal identity, therefore none recognises so called "black Indians" or "white Indian" either you are Indian or NOT. Are mulattoes black white folks or white black folks.
Ignore that. That'ss a convenient way for them to avoid the subject of what has permeated this hemisphere since the White arrival on these shores - white racism/White supremacy. No one's been immune
That too is false. Many of us simply don't deal with race like you black Americans. Its history and to go through life trying to change what happened 4oo years ago is simply counterproductive. I don't live in the states and even when I did, I lived in an aracial world, and still do. Race is an obsession with you folks, maybe you need to learn to simply be people.
and it doesn't benefit Black people to remove that obvious influence from the conversation or as a factor when we are looking at how groups 'evolved' in the United States over the past 200 years.
Perhaps seeing the condition that your country is in you should deal with real issues. The president is non white, so obviously race is not the insurmountable barrier that it was. Anything that benefits black people benefits all people. Why don't you work for socialism for all people, healthcare for all and ending imperialist wars, rather than proving that you have enough Indian blood to get casino money.
Frankly I get tired of people who live in the past and do nothing about their future except expect someone else to pay for it. Why don't I live there, because I hate racism, ignorance and greed. That's why I really wonder why so many black folks want to be Indians, why money?