No, I do not 1/16 Navajo or something ridiculous like that. Or maybe I do, I don't know. That's besides the point... I was born in America, so I am a native American, am I not?
You could say, well, your ancestors are from Europe, so you are not the same... yet even the tribes which existed in North America before colonialism moved from somewhere else. So really, I am just a native American from a different era, am I not?
You could say, well, you do not follow any special culture or traditions, so you are not the same... yet the people who live on the reservation today do not either. In fact, some exploit government support for gambling and drug habits... in other words, tradition is not a pre-requisite, only blood.
I am no less a native American than some guy who was born the same year as me on a reservation in the United States, and we should have equal treatment, should we not?
What do you say about what rights modern people receive have based on events such as one country taking over another, slavery, etc. which happened centuries ago and at the time was acceptable practice? Should it spill over to later generations, who experience no perceivable difference (and often times a benefit) of the original event?