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'We Know Who We Are' - The Complex Issue of Métis Identity

A debate over identity is playing out over a people most Americans have never even heard about. The Métis, French for “mixed,” are the descendants of unions between 17th century French fur trappers and and indigenous women in what are today the Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. “From those early communities that were created, these mixed people continued to marry each other,” said Métis writer and ethnobotanist Rosalyn LaPier, an enrolled...

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