Let me be serious and set the kidding aside for a moment since this is a sensitive topic and one which I have had to deal with for many years with my work with a wide variety of people. The statement that Rob makes concerning resentment is right on the money and it goes far beyond who is a "Native American" and who is not; or who is a member of a recognized tribe and who is not. For the most part there are two prevailing issues at hand one having to do with identity and the other having to do with entitlement. Let me explain.
Some folks use external groups or badges or whatever to give themselves some sort of identity that enables them to identify with a group or "clan" which creates a sense of belonging while at the same time providing some sort of boundary between themselves and the larger, "herd." I have seen this with a large variety of folk. Some claim to be Irish, some Italian, others German or Native or LGBT or whatever...could be religious in orientation too. " I am a Baptist or a Presbyterian, or Pentecostal or Catholic"........the same be true with a political affiliation as well. Identity and belonging to a substructure that is part of the larger picture is the key here. There is nothing wrong with any of that unless that self imposed identification real or imagined becomes the driving force in ones life and begins to mask the obligation to live as a genuine human being, setting aside our distinction as sentient beings charged with the responsibility of living in harmony with all beings.
The second issue is that people have somehow latched on to the idea that as human beings they have inherent right to claim for themselves whatever it is that they feel they want at any given moment. Hence, in the resentment that Rob points out, and rightly so......some folks dislike and criticize folk with Tribal Cards, because they want one and feel entitled to it and if they can't have it, no one else should have one either. At the most basic level this is a a form of jealousy that has no place in the life of a person who has even remotely begun to have a sense of self realization and emotional maturity. Fred Beuchner once wrote that "jealousy is the desire to have the other person be as unsuccessful as you think you are." If I remember that book was titled a A Theological ABC. Rob has a card, it is who he is........his heritage, his familial solidarity. That is worth cherishing. I don't, but I also have heritage and solidarity with a group as well. We are just different people all living together with all sorts of histories and traditions to recognize and appreciate.
To further muddy the waters just a bit, there are also folk who will totally disavow who they are or their traditions etc. in order to avoid anything that might make them feel limited in any way. Sometimes this can be a most positive thing and enable someone to overcome all sorts of difficulties and issues. Other times it can be way of avoiding those things that need to be integrated into their personality and utilized as a stepping stone towards emotional and psychological maturity. In other words, "get over it." It only exists in your mind, it is gone.....now what have you learned from this would be a good way to overcome that issue.
Now isn't that one hell of a post for something that started out as a performance description? So Rob, maybe the clearest way to describe yourself and what you do would be to put in your Bio or cut line...........
Rob N. Lackey
Singer, Song Writer, Mountain Musician
Member of the Great Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma