I have seen this question thrown around quite a bit on this forum, but I wanted to inquire into how limited/stringent the process is on identification. I identify with a non-federally recognized tribe and have no tribal ID- but I have done extensive work and have very much lived and been coded as Native (to Mexico). A lot of my people have been persecuted by various colonizing states so recognition and centralized cultural agencies are sparse, but I still do my part to aid in honoring/reviving my own family history. My main concern is being grouped with applicants that are probably dishonest etc. What are the follow-up questions they will ask- and how will they interpret my situation?