Things to remember before you call another native "fake".
1. There are over 500 tribes of Native Americans in the United States, you are NOT an expert on all of them. I don’t care how full blood you are.
2. Of those 500 tribes that exist, they do not all exist out west. We are all over the country and our cultures are VERY different. Plains culture is NOT Eastern Woodland culture. Pacific Northwest culture is not desert culture. Do not hold someone’s culture to the same standard as your own.
3. There is a difference between tribal membership and tribal blood. Just because someone is not officially enrolled in a tribe, does not make them any less native. For example, I am Anishinaabe. But I am NOT enrolled in any tribe and I never will. That is my CHOICE and mine alone.
4. Just because someone’s family is not on the census records as native American doesn’t mean they are not. Many people listed their children as white in order to protect their families during the boarding school and forced sterilization era of the 20th century. This was especially common in the Northeastern United States where there was a heavily Catholic culture.
5. Just because someone doesn’t register with the government, it doesn’t make them any less native. It’s fucking ridiculous. And any native that tells another native that they must needs to relearn their history.
6. Not everyone has the same resources. Not everyone has the ability to get expertly made fancy shawls with flawless appliques. Not everyone had the ability to get perfectly beaded leggings. For some people, every piece of regalia they wear they have to make themselves with what they can get. And some of it has been passed down from generation to generation. So the next time you make comments about someone not having the “correct” leggings or how the bottom of their buckskin dress is tattered, remember what kind of history that regalia might have seen.