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Are people still adopted into Native American Tribes?

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Yes, and no. Yes, in the sense that some tribal communities might still have a tradition of either families or respected leaders adopting individuals. read more

People used to leave the colonies in hordes to join local tribes. Now people who might get adopted into a tribe or nation are mainly honorary members. The father of Canada’s current Prime Minister was given honourably membership in the Haida First Nation with his whole family (Justin included) in 1976. read more

A professor’s journey to becoming adopted by a Native American Tribe after a lifetime of building cross-cultural bridges _____ My life has existed at the crossroads of two cultures for more than three decades — one foot planted in the modern American paradigm and the other equally in that of the Native American. read more

The adoption of non-Indian people by a Native American tribe is unusual and raises concerns, experts said. "It's not necessarily against the law to adopt a white person. But if there's no historical connection to the tribe, it sounds like a scam to take advantage of their membership for business reasons and manipulate the tribal government," a top tribal lawyer tells the Bee. read more

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