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Ahki of Emerald City, WA

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January 25, 2012

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My parents are Native American, both born in 1937; my grand parents were all born between in their native tribal areas around 1906 to 1913.

My question is: since native American Indians did not become U.S. American citizens until 1924, what generation American does that make me? Some say I've always been American, but that does not seem correct to me, since my ancestors were Siksika-Pakuni/Blackfeet here, and the American institution moved across the Continent and came to them.

My guess is since my grandparents were alive when the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act came into effect, that would make them First-Generation American; my parents born after the fact would be second-generation; me being third-generation...

I know this does not matter, but it did cross my mind when I came across this site and wanted to know what all these people meant when they said they were 4-generation, 6-generation and so on. Kind of like, what is meant by twice removed, when explaining cousins, what does that mean, removed from what and or whom?

thanks :O)P

First Generation vs. Second Generation

  • January 25, 2012, 2:31pm

I side with the first naturalized person being the first generation. The first people to do something would be the first-generation in my mind.

If we scooped a bunch of people to go live on another planet, they would be the first generation of people to live there.