Blackfeet divided over blood quantum | Great Falls Tribune | greatfallstribune.com

There is a debate going on within the Blackfeet Nation that threatens to divide both neighbors and families. At its heart are fundamental questions about what it means to be Blackfeet, and how eligibility for membership in the tribe should be measured.

For the past 50 years, the question of whether an individual is eligible to enroll as a member of the Blackfeet Tribe has been determined by their “blood quantum.” As written within the Blackfeet Tribe’s constitution, any child born on or after August 30, 1962, having at least one-fourth degree of Blackfeet Indian blood is automatically eligible for tribal membership.

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