I know this is an old thread, but I can't help echoing the cautions given in earlier replies-- if you are seeking 'Native American' spirituality for the purpose of practicing it, I'm going to have to advise against going any further. There are HUNDREDS of individual beliefs (not one pan-Native one), which are all different and all connected to the land, community, language, and culture of the people it belongs to. They are not open religions, and every Nation I've ever heard of is not okay with 'sharing'. While learning about these beliefs in an anthropological/philosophical/theological way is totally fine (even encouraged), trying to practice any of them is really not. Please accept my sincere apologies if I am misinterpreting your intentions, but the phrase "dip my toe in," to me, heavily implies participation and adoption. If you're merely interested because of its being a nature-based and community-based set of beliefs, then feel free to ignore what I've said.
You asked also if there are Natives among the ranks here. Hi, I'm Native! Proudly Pagan for 9 years.
To be honest, I've been interested in Druidry because I see it as being able to blend my cultural and philosophical beliefs together in a way I find to be promising. However, the neo-Pagan community at large can be a fairly unwelcoming place to Aboriginal persons (almost never on purpose, of course!) because people look to take from us, imitate us, or make money off of poor representations of our beliefs. The reason I've jumped to a conclusion about the original post is because it's so common that people believe they can 'convert to Native American' online or by reading alone. It's become a very touchy subject, despite the good intentions of those who raise it. I recommend these articles if you'd like to know a bit about this: http://www.muiniskw.org/pgIssues2_Seekers.htm
and http://atriptothemorg.wordpress.com/201 ... xty-ninth/
(language warning for that second one).
Again, none of this is meant to be personal, and I don't want you to think I've jumped to terrible conclusions about your intentions. I just hope people in general on the board will think very carefully before trying to put a "Native American" notch on their belt of religions (I cannot think of a less stretched metaphor at this time of night, haha). Practicing a cultural, community-based religion outside of the culture and community is not practicing that religion at all, but some sort of academic ghost of it.
A sore Day, a red Day, e'er the New Sun rises.