Bad timing for Cherokee descendent

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In reading recent articles of Cherokee racial definitions, I must say as a descendant of slaves who intermarried with Cherokee nation members, it's a shame that as a mixed, so-called Indian, I am now being denied any cultural connection to the tribe. Especially now that I have begun to accept this heritage, I am suddenly dismissed as nothing. What a country!

- Jimmie L. Griffin

Waterbury, Conn.