My beloved aunt was born on an Oklahoma wheat farm. Her mother was born and raised on a Five Civilized tribes reservation.(Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muscogee), and Seminole) Her father was brought to Oklahoma from Scotland as a toddler. As a man he asked her father for her hand in marriage and after the wedding went to live on the farm where they worked that farm until he died. Her brothers ran it for years after.
Some of my cousins used the financial and housing assistance for people who the government deems to be at least 25% Native American to attend the university. My adopted cousin qualified, but used ROTC and the military for help paying for his education.
My family has many people who are not one race. Through marriage and adoption we have Cherokee, Black Northern European, Hispanic with Mexican and Peruvian ancestors, and Asians who are Japanese Americans and Filipino heritage.
My Mom's mother never knew her parents or heritage because he father died before she was born and her mother died when she was two days old.
I attended public school and Catholic church in Oklahoma. It seemed to me that about 1/2 of the people in Oklahoma were proud of "Indian Blood", even if it was less than 25%.
The state has it's own culture. A clerk n a store in Norman, OK once said to my cousin, "It is so nice that you adopted those Indian children. They are so cute." The kids, now adults, had a Black father and White Mother. She assumed the white lady had adopted Indian kids.
I understand that state's culture. AND Senator Warren's DNA result showed that she had at least one Native American ancestor several generations ago. Like many many Okies she is proud of being part Cherokee.