Andrea Smith took to her Wordpress blog today to address the current media controversy as it pertains to her false identification as Cherokee.
In her blog Smith states, “I have always been, and will always be Cherokee. I have consistently identified myself based on what I knew to be true. My enrollment status does not impact my Cherokee identity or my continued commitment to organizing for justice for Native communities.”
Smith goes on to claim numerous false statements have been made about her in the media recently following the Rachel Dolezal fiasco.
Smith went on to say “these social media attacks” carry a chilling message for Natives not enrolled. That message according to her is “that they should not publicly work for justice for Native peoples out of fear that they too may one day be attacked.
“It is my hope that more Indigenous Peoples will answer the call to work for social justice without fear of being subjected to violent identity-policing,” she wrote.
In closing Smith said she was shifting her “energies back to the work of social justice” out of respect for her family, students, colleagues and organizing communities.