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August 22, 2002

When Jehovah's Witnesses excommunicate, or "disfellowship," a member, even the closest human ties can be severed without question. Story

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  Spiritual shunning

Tribal recognition takes several steps
CHEROKEE, N.C. -- The best way to begin tracing your American Indian heritage is by using the same methods you do to compile a non-Indian ancestry. Start with yourself and work back one generation at a time. Once you reach the point where you think your lineage and an Indian tribe converged, find out which tribes lived in that geographical area and learn everything you can about them. Most large public and university libraries carry books on Indian history and migration patterns, particularly near a reservation.

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