Frequently Asked Questions
1) What do I do when I have an Indigenous Deaf child(ren)--whom do I contact for resources?
Answer: While our group is recently established, Our Circle of Interconnection reveals a group in yellow color (east of the medicine wheel), representing the youth, education, and parents’ group. We are in progress of developing educational materials, pedagogy, and many other plans to support all Indigenous children through educational and spiritual support in their growing years.
2) I am an Indigenous hearing person; can I join the group?
Answer: Yes, if you are a family member, parent, veteran, grandparent, professional, or council member living with Indigenous Deaf, Hard of Hearing and/or DeafBlind people, you are welcome to join the group. Our purpose is for you to learn and exchange tribal culture with others. You are here to provide support and participate in specific circles in developing projects to better serve others. Deaf Indigenous people can assist hearing people who are late deafened by learning to cope with hearing loss. There are many possibilities.
3) I am part Indigenous but I do not have a tribal ID card, CDIB, or status card... can I still join?
Answer: it all depends on the committee’s review of your identity status; we screen all applicants. If you are accepted into the group, you will be in the solidarity circle.
4) I am a Mexican Indigenous person, but I do not have a “Indian Card”.
Answer: Since there is no registration system in Mexico, we honor your Mexican Indigenous status. If you could find a proof of heritage, we will honor you into our group.
5) Can non-Indigenous people join the group?
Answer: It all depends--this group is not open to all people. We prefer to keep it strictly within our Indigenous people. We do invite non-Indigenous people who actually work within the Indigenous communities in North America. We also invite non-Indigenous parents who have adopted Indigenous child(ren), because we can expose the children to Indigenous culture, which also benefits the parents. For the ones are accepted will likely be within the solidarity group.
6) I was told that I have an Indigenous ancestor—where do I fit in within the group?
Answer: You will be joining the solidarity group and learning about your heritage and ways of doing things. We can guide you in your learning about your ancestor.