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Why do some people believe that the Tainos are not NATIVE AMERICANS?

Tainos are the original Indians! My husband is a member of the Jatibonicu Taino Tribe! He is a real American Indian! Dominicans,Cubans ,Puerto Ricans are Tainos as well. How could they not be American Indians? We have the right to live in the United States!

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  • 3 years ago
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    First, THERE IS NO FREE COLLEGE FOR BEING A NATIVE AMERICAN!

    Second, in order to qualify for higher education funding opportunities reserved for American Indians a person must be an enrolled member/citizen of a US Federally Recognized Tribe in order to compete for these scholarships, as it is a person's CITIZENSHIP, not their heritage, that opens the application door. These funding opportunties are like any other scholarship with funding going to the top applicants only.

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  • Alex
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    3 years ago

    Because for some reason some people think that Native Americans only existed in the USA and nowhere else. That's wrong. Native Americans are the native people of all of the Americas, including much of the Caribbean, like Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, where the Tainos and other groups were the native people.

    The thing is that no full blooded Taino people exist anymore. Their blood lives on in mixed race people, though.

    But yeah, Tainos were Native Americans, and people with Taino blood DO have Native American blood.

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  • 3 years ago

    My neighbors dog is a member of that tribe too. (she paid the membership fee and got her card)

    The taino have been extinct for 400 years.

    As a puerto rican, yes, you have the right to live in the united states.

    If you want to legally identify as native american, simply show which treaty the US had with the Taino people (hint: none, because the taino went extinct before the US existed)

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  • 3 years ago

    The Taínos were pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and the northern Lesser Antilles. It is thought that the seafaring Taínos are relatives of the Arawak people of South America

    Some scholars, such as Jalil Sued Badillo, an ethnohistorian at the University of Puerto Rico, assert that the official Spanish historical record speak of the disappearance of the Taínos. Certainly there are no full blood Taíno people alive today

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