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Looks Like I'm An Indian (And Canadian)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Mar 17, 2005.


  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    My family on my mother's side has a lot of Native American blood in it, and while there's been a couple geneologists that have tried over the past decade to make a direct link for us, they always ended up not finding enough information. But I found out today that one recently got enough official documents together and our family was officially accepted into the Metis tribe of Canada (Nova Scotia I think).

    Turns out my mother and her brothers and sisters are 7/8s indian (my grandfather had mostly Chippawa ancestors in Wisconsin and Minnisota that the geneologists were originally trying to follow, but ended up getting the Metis roots from looking at my grandmother's ancestors), so I'm a larger percentage than I'd always thought. Right now they're faxing up the forms for individual family members to sign and send to them along with our birth certificates. We don't know yet if there are any tribe benefits (they're not a casino-owning tribe like a lot of the ones in CT and WI), but it means that when my personal paperwork goes through within the next month or two, I'll get dual citizenship with Canada because of it. Pretty cool. Think that means I get free Canadian health care? :D
     
  2. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Cool! Welcome to the club....


    Oh, you mean the other indian... :D





    BRT, dude you might want to change the title to "I'm a Native American (And Canadian)" ... that's just my $.02.





    How far is Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun?
     
  3. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Congrats, But without getting too political most of the cannadians are in MI. paying for there "free cannadian health care".
     
  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Maybe Native Canadian? :D Yeah, native americans are "indian" in the same way the Pennsylvanian Dutch are "Dutch"-people called them that even though they weren't so the name just stuck. The Metis, at least some parts of it (I'm not sure which I am yet) were actually half-breeds of the natives and very early settlers, so they're not quite Native Americans in the original sense. I can have a mod change the title if you'd like, no problem (I can't).

    Mohegan Sun is a five-minute drive from my house, and Foxwoods is about 15 minutes. Shame I don't gamble.
     
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    :confused: Do you mean that many Canadians now live in Michigan and have to pay for health care like everyone else in the US, or something else?
     
  6. Move to Canada and try to get free university. Also you won't have to pay GST(7 or 8%). The Metis have quite a rich history. I've learned about them a few times in history classes.
     
  7. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Immediately apply to an Ivy League college. Then, get a position in your tribal council and build a casino.
     
  8. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I've already gone through college and have a Bachelor's Degree. I could always use a Master's though...

    One of the things I'd be interested in is if there's free or low-priced homes to tribal members, as house hunting here in Connecticut is very competitive and very pricey.
     
  9. BassGod

    BassGod

    Jan 21, 2004
    Hmm, I thought the Metis were from the Canadian Prairies, not Nova Scotia.
     
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    There's also a Metis population in Nova Scotia.
     
  11. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    You know me, I never have a problem with cats on these boards, so change it if you personally feel the need to... no biggie if you ask me.



    anyways...

    It's funny that you mentioned the Pennsylvanian Dutch paradigm... I'm half Indian (i.e. from india) and half Pennsylvanian Dutch... The funny thing that JT and I were talking about the other day at his place was that Pennsylvanian Dutch cats aren't really Dutch, it is more of a German background... Is that true? I really don't know much about that side of my lineage.


    ...That's cool that you don't gamble, sometimes F'woods gets some good events... I saw Tower of Power there before I left for here. Bobby Vega was sitting in on bass though.
     
  12. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    BRT,

    As for inexpensive housing... I heard Cos Cob, Darien and Greenwich all have affordable housing... :D



    :bag:
     
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Yeah, the Pennsylvania Dutch, or P. Diddies as they now prefer to be called, are mostly German. Quite a mixed bag of ancestors you got there!

    I was actually working at Mohegan Sun when Tower of Power played there in 2001-I was probably a hundred feet or so from the Wolf's Den where they played. Trouble was, the sound system was so distorted that all the music sounded like overdriven bass-y noise. Couldn't see if it was Rocco up there or not-with my vision I wouldn't have been able to tell from 10 feet. Sounded like him though.

    And none of the realtors in Greenwich have been willing to negotiate a zero or two off the end of the price tag :meh: :D
     
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    yeah you ain't kidding, Heinz 57... or more like :
    [​IMG]57
    :D
    Ya know it must have been after that, then... more like 2002, when Rocco wasn't doing too well.

    nice. :smug:
     
  15. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Music Man/Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Hey Bryan, can you by any chance give me a lead on a Genealogist to contact since I too have been having a little trouble acquiring proof of my Native american heritage also? I'm North Texas Commanche and Chippewa (?) I think. Thanks :hyper:
     
  16. DirtDog

    DirtDog

    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    There's a few misconceptions about the Métis in this thread - esp. about origins of the Métis nation and the link between the Métis and being a status Indian.

    Bryan - you should check out this page on the Métis in Canada.

    Métis National Council

    You'll also want to learn a little bit about a guy called Louis Riel.


    ....and welcome home, buddy!

    DD
     
  17. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    No, What I mean is , because the availability of health care is, let's say questionable, the Cannadians that need heath care are linning up in border towns to get treatment that there paying for out of pocket. I have a friend who is a surgeon at a major hospital just north of Detroit , close to 45% of his patients are Cannadian. I don't won't this to deteriorate into a political discussion about health care and Canada is a great place. I just wouldn't go dumping any of your health care policys real quick.
     
  18. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    The Wolf's Den and the rest of Mohegan Sun recently was refitted with new sound systems. It should be an improvement. Gino Mulcahy, the chief audio guy, says it is.

    Congratulations on the new Canadian/Native American status. Well, they've got Tim Horton's in Connecticut and RI now ... ;)
     
  19. canopener

    canopener

    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Yes, PA Dutch morphed from Deustch, German.

    Oddly enough, I'm of Polish decent and half eskimo, who used to live in PA Dutch Country.
     
  20. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    dude, that's too cool... you win!