I applied for a government job in D.C. once. I got no points for being a veteran. When I said i was Cherokee I was told that Native Americans are not a recognized minority group. The interviewer told me that if I was a black female with a hispanic surname it would tick three boxes and regardless of qualifications she’d hire me in a minute. As it turns out I was fortunate to not get the job. The old “One door closes, another opens” scenario.