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What Percentage Indian Do You Have to Be in Order to Be a Member of a Tribe or Nation?

Sonny Skyhawk
1/17/12

Tribal Nations are the only recognized arbiter of belonging to or being a member of a tribe. No other agency or arm of any government has that responsibility, other than the particular tribe to which a person claims to belong.

Every tribe has its own membership criteria; some go on blood quantum, others on descent, but whatever the criteria it is the tribe’s enrollment office that has final say on whether a person may be a member. Anyone can claim Indian heritage, but only the tribe can grant official membership.

Aho.

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Submitted by terrypowless on
the grand purpose is to prepare the focus to keep alive. then we will return to the old ways when everyone was welcome.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
my grandmother was half cherokee,here lately i heard of people digging up arrow heads suppose to have found skelton remains,is it legal in kentucky for these places to be tresspassed against,its part of my hertigage can anything be done for this place to not be disturbed,it concerns me greatly thank you,if you can email me at morrisjoann63@yahoo.com,would also like to know more about my bloodline

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Anonymous
Submitted by Anonymous on
My Great Grandmotherwas 100% Cherokee. Her name was Crecy. She married an Irishman named Eddie McFarlin. We can't get back any farther than that. I wish so badly I would have taken more of an interest while my Grandmother was alive. I would love to sit with her now with pen and paper. She asked me once if I had ever read "Trail of Tears", which I hadn't. I read it after her death and was infuriated. My sister and I have tried for to years to find out more about Crecy. We were told, by an Auntie, they(Crecy & Eddie) owned a store in Texas. We couldn't find it. My Auntie, whom I dearly loved & love still, has walked on, since she told us. How would we search this more? Don't know where to begin anymore. We know Crecy was born in Memphis in 1860, buried in Bonham County, Texas. Thank you for your help.

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Leroy carman
Submitted by Leroy carman on
I am most likely just an ignorant caucasian. So please excuse my ignorance. My wife was reading a book about a woman that was born into the "Scientology" relegion. The author stated one of thier compounds was located next to a reservation perhaps in southern California. Inhabited by the Sobota Indians. We have never heard of this tribe any input from someone that has the time to share please leave a post and I will fwd an email addy. thank you so very much.

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Submitted by editors on
@Michelle Moore: You can start tracing your ancestry back using something like Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com or FamilySearch.org or find a genealogist willing to help with the search, professionals are listed by specialty including Native American at ApGen.org.

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chahta ohoyo
Submitted by chahta ohoyo on
it isnt that simple...the BIA also has a hand to a certain degree of granting tribal membership...

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nancy freed
Submitted by nancy freed on
I my grand mother was part black feet I am trying to look for any possible relatives she might have her name was Jessie cora rose but because she married my grandfather ralph Jarrett none of her kids got to know their grandparents, i am just hoping I can find a lead here.

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Edward C Fulgum
Submitted by Edward C Fulgum on
I had my DNA done, and it says I'm 15 % Native American. They don't say which Tribal Nation. On both sides of my parents it is said I have Cherokee, but i can not prove it.

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tmsyr11
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
All the more reason why the Navajo Tribe alone is closer to 100% (IMO 66%-75%) considering the great many of people still predominately Navajo. However in another generation or two (20-40 years), that percentage of change to half of all registered population members.

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Submitted by Lecouturier on
Opposition to the mine demonstrates that its leaders are self appointed and do not represent the interest of the local people that would benefit from the mine revenues. Accusations by opponents are void of merit and libels. They ought to be tried in a court of laws and no longer made-up by foreign lawyers.

Allyn Wentz-Brown
Allyn Wentz-Brown
Submitted by Allyn Wentz-Brown on
I am, from the math, 1/16 Cayuga. I am trying to build a family tree but have come to a couple road blocks. My grandmothers mothers last name is unknown on how it was spelled. I have an Aunt (Her daughter) that is registered and supposedly her kids and their kids are as well but she is no help in trying to get where I am trying to go. Also I tried looking up the census from New York but I cannot find anything and I find it is due to a huge fire of the records. What can I do to complete my task? I feel I am meant to get this accomplished. I have thought about trying that ancestry.com deal but I am afraid that I will not get any information from that site due to that fire. Any suggestions? It would really mean a lot to me since my grandmother passed away last year and I was not able to get very much information from her having Alzheimers. Please help.

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Charles R. Will...
Submitted by Charles R. Will... on
I believe I am 1/8th Apache. I would like to research my heritage. My great grandmother was 100%, so I'm told. Ancestry.com is hit and miss at best past Wounded Knee or Trail of tears. With these pieces I'd like truths. Charles_R_Williamson_Jr@yahoo.com

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NDNRoger
Submitted by NDNRoger on
1/4 Santee Dakota here. Not a tribal member nor will I be since I can't even get a reply from the council. It is not that important to me as I know who I am and who my relatives were/are. Mitakuye Oyasin...we are all related. I do wonder if the requests have gone through the roof since many a rez now has casinos. A couple of things the NDN learned well from the whiteman was greed and coruption. For those asking questions on how to find your ancestors: it takes a lot of work and research! I spent days and weeks at a National Archives and LDS pouring over microphish of census and NDN census rolls. No one is going to hand you the info. I hear that today many of the census rolls are online which will make your search a tad easier, but not much. Aho!

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Submitted by Anonymous on
My father grew up as an orphan, or so he thought until I began digging into our genealogy. It turns out my dad was another victim of the Indian Boarding Schools even though he isn't full blood. In fact, we didn't know my dad was American Indian at all until I started digging. (They had changed his name, etc.) I also did my DNA thing and to my surprise I am 10%. None of this matters though, because it is how you choose to live your life that counts. Long before I discovered I had any American Indian blood in me, I was drawn to their beliefs and customs: Honor each other, help as needed, respect the Earth and everything in it, listen to your elders and learn from them, always endeavor to do the right thing and be just, etc. In the end, whether you are "officially" a member of a tribe or not is inconsequential compared to what is in your heart.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
Yeah but some tribes never open up for enrollment - so how do you carry on the heritage if not willing to enroll people who have done the work and would love to be recognized as a tribe member so the tribe can live on. Does the tribe have to have a bunch of members die off and then they open enrollment? Or is it because the tribe is worried about sharing their per cap? I spent a lot of time and money, as well as others in my family to trace the lineage and bloodline and documents etc. I submitted them and was told that the enrollment hasn't been open since 1980's - so the documents will be put in a "file" until enrollment opens if it opens. I am hoping the enrollment being closed indefinitely and tribe just recently being recognized by BIA - is not because of greed. Open up the enrollment- show this world that there are many tribes people still alive and kicking and supporting their tribes! Aho!

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cristalhinojosa93
Submitted by cristalhinojosa93 on
Does anyone know where I can go get checked to see what my percentage is on my native blood? Perferably in Dallas,TX, please.

Stormie Reid
Stormie Reid
Submitted by Stormie Reid on
@Leroy carman Yes that is true. Scientology does have a compound here , and the tribe you are inquiring about, is the Soboba Band...here is their website. http://www.soboba-nsn.gov/ I do live in this area of Southern California. I only just saw this, and I hope this helps you. :)

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Submitted by wakerens on
I happen to be under half Mohawk and was told I wasn't enough to receive status. Yet I know a Full blooded white girl whom they gave her status as being native because her two older sister (whom were put on rolls by there father and are only 1/4 blood) have there status..... If you are going to give status cards to some of us because you feel like it, you should give it to us who have less than half blood and seek it; as long as we have proof. There is so much changing the rule as the mood sees fit and that should change; besides back in the day before there was this so called scare of washing us Native American out we would except all our people no matter the Blood Quantum. Gesssssh

Ed Hinojosa
Ed Hinojosa
Submitted by Ed Hinojosa on
I,M ALSO SUPPOSED TO BE LIPANAPACHE ACCORDING TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS INTHE RIOGRANDE VALLEY AND THE APCHE MUUSEU,M INCORPUS CHRISTI I,M REALTED TO THJE ABADA SOLIS CERVANTES FAMILIES AND CANDIDO NUMBER FIVE WAS THE SON OF ABDAD SOLIS CERVANTES HIS DAUGHTER WAS EDUWIGIS AND MYGRANDMOTHER WAS DELPHINA WASHINGTON SOLIS HINOJOSA SO ISTILL DONT KNOW WHAT FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE APaCHE I WAS LEFT HANGING BENIGNO CRUS NEVER REPLuEDTO ME I HAD a DNA TEST DONE AND THE RESULTS CAME BACK WITH THE ANGLO SIDE OF THE FAMILY BUtTHE apache spanish side was whAT IWAS LOOKING FOR NEVER APPEared

Ed Hinojosa
Ed Hinojosa
Submitted by Ed Hinojosa on
I,M ALSO SUPPOSED TO BE LIPANAPACHE ACCORDING TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS INTHE RIOGRANDE VALLEY AND THE APCHE MUUSEU,M INCORPUS CHRISTI I,M REALTED TO THJE ABADA SOLIS CERVANTES FAMILIES AND CANDIDO NUMBER FIVE WAS THE SON OF ABDAD SOLIS CERVANTES HIS DAUGHTER WAS EDUWIGIS AND MYGRANDMOTHER WAS DELPHINA WASHINGTON SOLIS HINOJOSA SO ISTILL DONT KNOW WHAT FAMILY MEMBERS WOULD BE APaCHE I WAS LEFT HANGING BENIGNO CRUS NEVER REPLuEDTO ME I HAD a DNA TEST DONE AND THE RESULTS CAME BACK WITH THE ANGLO SIDE OF THE FAMILY BUtTHE apache spanish side was whAT IWAS LOOKING FOR NEVER APPEared

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jonescha
Submitted by jonescha on
My Family is both Creek and Choctaw. Since one can not dual enroll. We are Members of the Creek Nation with diluted blood quantum. That, however, does not dilute or rights or benifits.

Shane Smith
Shane Smith
Submitted by Shane Smith on
thing is...for what do you want membership? do you want it for you or do you want something from it? in other words what are you aiming to gain? one can be Native and be considered Native without taking from those who need more than you...just sayin...

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indiansue
Submitted by indiansue on
I can tell you right now with the Chickasaw Nation..if you are adopted and your birthfather who was Chickasaw is deceased and not listed on the sealed original birth certificate, their tribal office will NOT consider your tribal application as valid....even when the last living sibling of your birthfather acknowledges and accepts. With only cousins for a blood DNA test...they won't accept that either. So...don't even get me started with this BS...I am 1/2 Chickasaw, 1/4 Eastern Band Cherokee...and NOT a member of either. I have records, Dawes roll #s, photos...they flat do not care! Yes, I am angry and frustrated for crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's to be told basically that I don't count. I call Bullsh**!

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MENINBLK
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My Mother's parents were both LUMBEE. Being my Mother's son, I am automatically 50% LUMBEE because Mom married a man of SICILIAN descent, whose both parents were SICILIAN. So I am 50% LUMBEE and 50% SICILIAN. In order to be counted on the LUMBEE TRIBAL ROLE you have to show that you are at least a 25% LUMBEE descendant. They usually don't accept anyone with less than 25% descendant unless that person is unusually active in the LUMBEE community and it takes time to have this Identification accepted by the LUMBEE TRIBAL LEADERS. Peter Joseph Brayboy Romano

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Carol Turner genealogy2012 thyrw Tree pages Owner: caroldavis1547 Ethel Crecy Dizmond Birth Dec 1881 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States Death 9 Aug 1944 in Fannin, Texas, United States Save this person to your tree Comment on this View her family tree View family members Print More options OverviewFacts and Sources Media Gallery Comments Member Connect Media Gallery Scan Scan Photos (2) Stories (0) Audio (0) Video (0) View All Timeline 3 Sources Birth 1881 Dec Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States Marriage to Edward Floyd McFarlin 1901 31 Jan Age: 19 Marriage to Edward Floyd McFarlin 1901 31 Jan Age: 19 1 Source Residence 1910 Age: 29 Bonham Ward 5, Fannin, Texas 1 Source Residence 1920 Age: 39 Justice Precinct 7, Fannin, Texas 1 Source Residence 1930 Age: 49 Precinct 7, Fannin, Texas 1 Source Death 1944 9 Aug Age: 62 Fannin, Texas, United States View Details + Add Comment Comments No comments have been added yet. Family Members Parents James J L Dizmond 1847 – 1889 Raymond Bell Holliday 1861 – 1918 Spouse & Children Edward Floyd McFarlin 1879 – 1953 Mavis S Mcfarland 1901 – 2000 Dottie C Mcfarland 1906 – Dorothy McFarllin 1907 – Frank McFarllin 1909 – 1953 Patsy Dee McFarlin 1910 – 1962 Patsy McFarllin 1911 – Mary C. McFarllin 1915 – 1999 View Family Group Sheet Source Information 1910 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth, Residence 1920 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth, Residence 1930 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth, Residence Ancestry Family Trees This citation provides evidence for Ethel Crecy Dizmond Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Death View All Sources

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FOR ANONYMOUS ABOUT CRECY !!!!!Carol Turner genealogy2012 thyrw Tree pages Owner: caroldavis1547 Ethel Crecy Dizmond Birth Dec 1881 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States Death 9 Aug 1944 in Fannin, Texas, United States Save this person to your tree Comment on this View her family tree View family members Print More options OverviewFacts and Sources Media Gallery Comments Member Connect Media Gallery Scan Scan Photos (2) Stories (0) Audio (0) Video (0) View All Timeline 3 Sources Birth 1881 Dec Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States Marriage to Edward Floyd McFarlin 1901 31 Jan Age: 19 Marriage to Edward Floyd McFarlin 1901 31 Jan Age: 19 1 Source Residence 1910 Age: 29 Bonham Ward 5, Fannin, Texas 1 Source Residence 1920 Age: 39 Justice Precinct 7, Fannin, Texas 1 Source Residence 1930 Age: 49 Precinct 7, Fannin, Texas 1 Source Death 1944 9 Aug Age: 62 Fannin, Texas, United States View Details + Add Comment Comments No comments have been added yet. Family Members Parents James J L Dizmond 1847 – 1889 Raymond Bell Holliday 1861 – 1918 Spouse & Children Edward Floyd McFarlin 1879 – 1953 Mavis S Mcfarland 1901 – 2000 Dottie C Mcfarland 1906 – Dorothy McFarllin 1907 – Frank McFarllin 1909 – 1953 Patsy Dee McFarlin 1910 – 1962 Patsy McFarllin 1911 – Mary C. McFarllin 1915 – 1999 View Family Group Sheet Source Information 1910 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth, Residence 1920 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth, Residence 1930 United States Federal Census 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Birth, Residence Ancestry Family Trees This citation provides evidence for Ethel Crecy Dizmond Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Death View All Sources

Harold Bustamante
Harold Bustamante
Submitted by Harold Bustamante on
Great spirit does not have a blood quantum or a written paper. Only nature had family and that was the tribal unit that created the village and the unity of the various families in an area. I respect my North American Cousins as I am a South American Chibcha in blood mixed from my mother and father. My heritage is Inca & Mayan mix as my language is only spoken by 2 tribes in Panama, the Kuna & the Lenca in Guatamala. My particluar family in the Espaquta in Colombian Highlands were salt gatherers and made jewelry and wore white. The Kogi are my elders as they are like the Hopi and live the way they always have and my people I support and children programs are the Quechen villages in the Sacred Valley of Peru. 13 villages that I stay in touch via a friends NGO. I say this as we do not have blood quantum as the rest of America is mixed and still pure but we recognize each other as my Lakota Teacher Durwin White Lightening did years ago. He taught me sweat lodge, seremonies and Peyote. My medicine is Ayawaska and mushrooms and I have participated in cermonies with HOPI, Dineh and Lakota and have sweat with grandmother of Big Mountain and Hopi. I as a cousin recognize all brothers and sisters on the path and i share that even if they have 1/100th of blood that they are a child of Great Spirit and the ancestors memories are in their veins, be it white, black, yellow and red. I share that always and I worl and help other elders when I can and yes I am part of a N.A.C. But I'm not of a tribe of North America and my son is. His blood from his mother and grandmother is cherokee and is registered with Western Cherokee tribe and I taught him at 5 yrs old his cherokee alphabet and soon he will be in ceremony next year for his coming into manhood at 17. I eat Buffalo from the plains and I sage it and I use to eat Salmon as those are the 2 only meats I eat.. ( Pacific fish is tainted by radiation ) I have been to a Taos Pueblo Pow Wow and dressed in Shipibo wear which are my cousins wear from amazon and walked with my son holding our colors and been thankful for the connections to others. I think if those be it traditional or modern just remember reality that the land is mixed now and many lost tribers are walking back home .. So if those in the tribes can humble up and provide the guidance for humans to return back to the ways and yes show them how they can become their new tribes then thats how traditional tribes can have a role in these modern times. Thought for the future. USA is not Great Spirits representative. Mother Earth is our home and we all need to reharmonize and heal and re-emerge ... One Love ..... A HO..This is my opinion. Respect

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
My grandfather was full-blooded N'De, but as I get my Apache blood through him, I'll never be recognized as an official tribal member. Another thing everyone who is searching for their Native origins might consider is my own conundrum; many tribes only count MATRILINEAL lineage, that is, your NDN blood has to come through your mother. I was raised in "the ways" by both my grandfather and father. I learned how to shoot, hunt, trap and track, as well as field and survival skills, but I'll only ever be an "ethnic Indian." This is fine with me as I'm NOT looking for handouts or to "cash in" on my heritage. I don't care about tribal membership or blood quantum, I'm only interested in honoring the most important, most compassionate man in my life, my grandfather.

Kathy Morrow
Kathy Morrow
Submitted by Kathy Morrow on
My Grandmother was Cherokee but don't know how much it was not discussed and I was not allowed to be around my father's family which wont be discussed but now that most of my father's family is passed away I can not even get help with the genealogy and I can not even find one of my grandmother's side of her family mother or father but also know that my great grandmother was also Cherokee and I know they were from Virginia and West Virginia area. So I have considered the DNA. My Husband says that he believes that I have more Native American in me than I even realize. I know it is not about how much it is about the way you feel and believe but just want to know.

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