buckilaw wrote:If you are a "box checking" NA with no tribal ties or the like you likely won't receive a bump at all. There are substantially less legitimate NA applicants in a given cycle than AA males, so it follows that they get a larger bump than AA males. I've also heard this somewhere anecdotally but I can't recall where.
I think this is it. NA isn't always
a big bump, and schools appear to be highly skeptical of many who check the NA box. However, someone who provides credentials or who writes a detailed DS that makes clear their ancestry and personal ties to their tribe is likely to get a significant boost, from what I understand. It's complicated, but if you want a simplified version it's something like this:
Registered NA >>> Other URMs >>> unregistered/box-check NA
Someone else beat me to the punch with the information for a previous question I asked months ago. But, I would like to see some verifiable evidence/studies done on the above point (the checking of the box versus the description of the actual "Native" experience). While I am native and did write about my experience in my PS, I would find it hard to somehow quantify someone's "Native-ness" (for lack of a better term) based upon the degree in which they described their experiences. I'd just be curious to hear an application reviewer's take on the subject.