22 September 2011

Trace Indian Ancestry -- Guidance from the Department of the Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has created a website to help guide you in tracing your Native American Ancestry.

As stated on the website, to determine if you are eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe, contact the tribe, or tribes, you claim ancestry from. It is the individual tribes who set tribal enrollment requirements. Additional information on tracing American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry can be found below
·        Ancestry - General statement on tracing your American Indian ancestry for purposes of enrolling in a federally recognized American Indian tribe.
·        Genealogical Research -  Provides general information as to where individuals can look in order to find the appropriate information they need to support their effort.
·        Enrollment Process - Provides a general description on what the Enrollment Process to a federally recognized tribe involves.
·        Benefits & Services Provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives - Provides a general description on what benefits and services are available to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
·        Cherokee Indian Ancestry - There are three federally recognized Cherokee Tribes that have different requirements for enrollment in their tribes.
·        Dawes Rolls -The Dawes Commission was organized in 1893 to accept applications for tribal enrollment between 1893-1907 from American Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes who resided in Indian Territory, which later became the eastern portion of Oklahoma.
·        Contacting a Tribal Entity - The BIA Tribal Leaders Directory (PDF, <1 mb) lists the name, address and phone number of all the Federally Recognized Tribes

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