My daughters applied for the scholarships. They are enrolled in their tribe. The scholarship application for Catching the Dream states that a CDIB certificate with exact blood quantum must be sent from the tribe and mailed back with the application to them before the deadline. My daughters have tribal enrollment certificates with the Oglala nation. I don't know why a copy of that does not suffice from the student and why the tribe needs to further get involved and possibly delay the whole process. Also for State tribes they don't necessarily have a degree of Indian blood in many cases. It is by descendancy. They say on the application combined tribal affiliations are not accepted for the 1/4 BQ, but a CDIB does just that. Both my daughters live in the city, but did more than enough to prove their involvement in preservation of sacred sites, cultural education through Indian councils, etc. and sent great essays for other scholarships. They got nothing. I guess they feel that since we are getting enough financial aid because we are right above poverty level that additional help is not needed. I want to know why other groups of people don't have to go through this process.
Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:36