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Old 01-17-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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I am slightly less than an 1/8 or 1/16... well ok- a LOT less. But I still have a CDIB card!

Anywho- the only benefit I get is free healthcare if so desired. My tribe also offers scholarships for college students that can basically pay for books. But, anything helps. My tribe will also dig a water well for members and offers low interest mortgages for those who qualify. It takes years to get approved for those two services. I also get a tribal tag for my car and do not have to pay State excise tax as long as I live within the tribal boundaries. My tribe operates a casino and contributes a percentage to public education and road maintanence.
how did you get a CDIB card?
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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My mom is 1/16th Cherokee but can not be part of the nation. Her ancestors chose to become American citizens and did not walk the Trail of Tears. I don't know how other tribes work but we looked into it for her and there was nothing that could be done.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Mid-Town
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GGM was full blood and on Dawes. I had looked into it once and needed papers for her marraige to GGF in TN. Now that I live in NC (relatives in Cherokee NC) I might persue it.
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:58 PM
 
Location: (Lyndon) Louisville KY USA
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I don't get an government benefits but it is so cool to be (at least) 1.64th Cherokee.

Unbelievably, the oldest picture of any of my ancestors is of my Indian ancestor and her white husband! I found it on ancestry.com, and it is as aethenticated as could be possible. It's actually a picture of a charcoal drawing of them.

http://o.mfcreative.com/f1/file03/objects/7/7/2/37724ac9-1d82-4c2e-8ecb-87d1979b0018-0.jpg (broken link)
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:45 PM
 
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Unless a person is either officially enrolled in a tribe or it is extremely obvious by their phenotype that they have Native American ancestry, I take a person's claim that they have Native American ancestry with a grain of salt.

Phenotype and or tribal enrollment are the 2 best indicators that a person is not bull$hitting when they say they have Native American ancestry. If you have none of those 2 than don't be mad when people question and have doubts about your claim.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I am half Native American (Black Foot and Cherokee) and no I do not receive any kind of benefit for it.
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