Trust me… White Americans DO NOT know what blood quantum or Indian Rolls are. It traces back to, for some reason, so many families having passed down lore that some family member was Cherokee. I think it has more to do with the long history of the Cherokee’s allegiance to the English and their early adaption of “Civilized” culture. Actually the Five Civilized Tribes and most post Mississippian tribes have no reason to have a blood quantum because of how the old culture worked. First, if you’re mother was a tribal member, you were. There’s no exceptions to that rule. That’s how the tribes of the Confederation ended up with so many Chiefs and Council members with white surnames. These children were basically pawns for political influence because a man not directly raising his kid in traditional ways while still being involved with them was the cultural norm. It was usually the maternal grandfather and uncles job to teach a child hunting, oral lore/history, ways of Tribal politics ect. Another issue is if a warrior was captured in war they had a period of indentured servitude then they are adopted fully by the tribe even to the point they could gain political power and sit on councils. The big one is blood quantum is used, current day, to discriminate against Black Freedmen. When the Indian Rolls were taken, freed slaves and intermarried Freedmen were given full membership. When the casino money started rolling in and property started value started increasing blood quantum was used to cut people out of the wealth, especially especially Freedmen. The Indian Government always denied this discrimination, but after the Stigler Act was repealed that set a 50% blood quantum at the Federal level the Cherokee and Creek had no choice but to be honest and had to restrict membership to Freedmen, directly. So now the real reason the Cherokee Nation has no blood quantum is the Chief lost a Federal Supreme Court case that ruled the family of Freedmen could sue the Chief directly, in Federal court instead of Tribal Court for their families property. If this happened with quantum in place the former tribal wealth would automatically qualify for Federal Taxation and shit like Eminent Domain so the tribe had the option of dropping quantum or losing control of casts amount of land and wealth. The Creek Nation is still fighting Creek Freedmen for readmittance into the tribe which is really the main reason I don’t care if my family is on the Rolls or not even though I try to keep up with the goings-on. Quantum is bullshit and goes against the Ancient Creeks cultural beliefs. So yeah, that’s the story of blood quantum and white people have no idea what it is.
The thing about anything tribal (similar to the Celtic Clan structure) is it is more about the culture and politics. In the day members were constantly in and out of the Tribe for political reasons similar to how European nobility consolidated power over the entirety of Europe through strategic marriage. I honestly think Tribes should require a cultural, and civics oriented test for entry similar to the test a person has to take for US citizenship. There is a written test on history, culture, civics ect that probably 80% of born US citizens couldn’t pass. The honest reason is there is zero motivation for young members to carry on culture. The true meme aspect of the tribes in Oklahoma is gangs, rap, and drugs have a far stronger foothold that knowledge of the past. Honestly, the Eastern Band of Cherokee are one of the few tribes doing it right. When I was young that place was such a sad shit hole. It was run down. The only economy was run down stores selling Made in China hand drums and generic knick knacks, and the whole reservation shut down during the winter. Instead of just using their casino for a pay check, they started civic programs that gave the members true economic independence and a Cultural Renaissance. They have built museums, and education programs. Their language is taught in schools and even the street signs are in English and Cherokee. Even the businesses supporting the casino are independently owned by tribal members… From the gas stations to the tattoo parlor because they treat their casino shares more like stock dividends than welfare driving overall economic growth instead of a welfare state. It’s pretty cool to see happen in the course of a couple of decades. So yeah… All this is far more political wrangling like it was before Mississippian tribes had even seen a white person. It’s why I really hate when some white SJW tries preaching to me about my “whiteness” in how I talk about Indians because it’s not victimhood, peace, and hippy bullshit coming out of my mouth. War, politics, territorial warfare, violence, and even pollution and deforestation way before Europeans ever found us. It’s honestly like some type of fetish that white people have. I get that there isn’t much to it, but what’s wrong with an American culture and identity? Everyone is so caught up with what they were instead of what we’re going to be. It’s so hollow and desperate.