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Playing Pretendian

Alex Bowman for NPR

People lie about being Native American all the time – on college applications, on job applications, in casual conversation. But how do “Pretendians” hurt real Indigenous people and communities? And what does all that mean for people who aren’t quite sure if they’re claiming or reclaiming?

In this episode, we spoke to writer and journalist Justin Brake. The essay of his that we reference, about whether or not he should identify as Mi’kmaw, can be found here.

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