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Native musician of all trades hits stage for the first time in Duluth on Thursday


Duluth, MN ( -- Minneapolis–based contemporary musician and visual artist Liam McDonald is Native American; his family's ancestry ties to the Mohawk Indian Tribe out of upstate New York.

However, that tribe bases enrollment on blood quantum, leaving McDonald ineligible for federal recognition.

"Blood quantum specifically doesn't define whether you have Native roots or where you come from. For me as a musician, I try to cross boundaries and raise questions and challenge people's thought on what it means to be a Native American in the United States," McDonald said.


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