i have to agree with you, stacy, on this one. my husband's grandparents were certainly indian, they were listed as "people of color"on their marriage certificates.my husband's grandad looks to be at least 1/2 indian. however, all ofthis is very difficult to prove. we have tracked their uprooted families through virginia, north carolina, south carolina, alabama, arkansas, miss., and finally on to east texas(which is ironically, where many of the cherokee folks were driven). i guess i am lucky as , thank God, my 4 kids all have either intellectual drive or sports abilities-which will see them through college. many folks who are seeking indian roots, are doing so out of pride for their forefathers, NOT to simply get a free ride through college. i know people who flash b.i.a cards around, who have absolutely no regard for their native heritage.my point is, just because your ancestors chose to live under a government operated system, does not mean you are any more indian than the rest of those who chose to take flight.many folks who fled to the western areas, or remote mountain areas, wanted to live independent of the government. how can you blame these folks, or their descendents?