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Re: Paragenetics

Our local Native American tribe operates on a matriarchal system with 
enrollment in the tribe based on your mother's status with the tribe.   That 
is if your mother is "enrolled" then so are her children.  However, 
individuals usually assume their father's last name.  It often results with 
some interesting situations. There are many children who are enrolled members 
of the tribe (like their mother) with Smith, Jones or another non-Native 
American name as there father is not Native American.  Then there are also 
those with a traditional Native American name such as WhiteEagle who are not 
enrolled as a Native American as their mother is not Native American and 
their father is.

And we wonder how the trend for hyphenated names started! 
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