April 15, 2013
A Messy Story of Identity in America
Courtesy of Jennifer Delton
About five years ago, when our department was under pressure to hire "diverse" faculty members, I tried to find evidence for something my father used to tell us, which was that he was a Yaqui Indian. When he first told us this, I had quizzed him extensively for some kind of papers or anything that would prove his Indian status, so that I could get scholarship money available to Native Americans. But nothing ever came of it.
Spurred by the possibility that I myself might be able to