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Old 02-21-2016, 09:07 AM
 
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I am adopted. Opened up the adoption records 5 years ago. Trying to enroll through my grandmother's tribe ( makes me 1/8th of her tribe). Although my heritage is at least 1/2 N.A. ( my mother also was N.A.) I'm having an incredibly hard time with enrollment. Have submitted all documentation of lineage back in 2014 but didn't sign on a couple of lines on the enrollment form. All was sent back without explanation on what I should do. In 2015, I tried again meeting with Enrollment commitee. Got the answers for the unfilled portion and now am waiting for an answer. This puzzles me because the committee said they remembered my application, acknowledged that I am a granddaughter of my grandmother but as of this time (4 months later) there is no answer. I even have a COUSIN who handled my previous paperwork ! I know this goes to the B.I.A. after they do research at tribal level. Called the BIA after 2 months and they said my paperwork hasn't been received yet. What course of action should be taken ? Meet with the tribal committee? Call enrollment? The last thing they said was we'll call you. I feel my application is sitting somewhere and they're hoping I ''ll
dissappear .
You have relatives in the tribe who can advise you, but you are here? Should not they advise you? Especially if they "handled" your paperwork? Just scratching my head. For what what it's worth.....

Were you issued your CDIB (Certified Degree of Indian Blood) card? You make no mention of this. This shows your blood quanta with the tribe affiliation. If you don't have this (CDIB), how are you trying to enroll with the tribe? You need this first. This should be your first point of contact, Indian Affairs. You should be contacting the BIA agency for that tribe.
No. The BIA does not do the research. It's your responsibility to do the research and provide the evidence you descend from the tribe and tribal ancestor you are claiming to the BIA. Once this is done, obtaining your CDIB, the tribes knows you are of legitimate descent and if you meet the criteria for tribal enrollment, enrollment will be of no problem if you qualify. However, depending on the tribe, you will need to be of a certain BQ, roll descent, tribal residence or matrilineal lineage.

No, they are not hoping you will disappear. As long as you provide all the necessary details, things should go smoothly, even in the case of adoption.

Again, do not contact this forum, contact the BIA agency of the tribe. If you are this deep into the process, you should have their contact information. Clearly, you have no idea what you are doing and need assistance.

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Old 04-08-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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My mothers grandmother was full blooded Cherokee Indian, can I receive a check and how. Last name of grandmother is Baker?
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:39 AM
 
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Contact Cherokee nation to get your great grandmother's enrollment information. If she was not enrolled, chances are pretty good she wasn't a full blood. If she was full, you would only be 1/8 which in some nations is not enough to be enrolled.

Each nation has criteria for membership. You might not meet crieria. Some require continual residence on reservation. Most require lineal descendent membership...if your mother was not enrolled the likelihood of you being accepted might drop to zilch.

But each nation is completely different. Some are very open to new members while others are not.

If you meet eligibility, even then there may be no "per cap"...payments from nation's economic activities which are distributed to each member.

Some nations have rather large per cap distributions and some have none. Some nations are wealthy and distribute to the membership and some are wealthy and reinvest in infrastructure. Many nations are not wealthy. Those nations that are poor receive substantial federal aid in form of grants for schools, infrastructure, housing and food programs on that reservation.

Some (western) states provide free college education at their state colleges and universities.

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Completely separate are BIA criteria for health care at Indian health services. They have criteria you will have to meet to be considered a Native American in their eyes.

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Old 04-12-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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Yes I am.

Three of My Grandparents have Native American Ancestry: Maternal Grandmother has Cherokee Paternal Grandmother has Chippewa-Cree and Paternal Grandfather has Blackfoot. Maternal Grandmother 1/4 while Paternal Grandmother 1/2.

I Don't get any benefits.
In other words you don't have a blood quantum in any tribe large enough to qualify for enrollment or a paper trail to prove any of it.

I'm 3% Neanderthal, where do I sign up to get all the free stuff?
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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In other words you don't have a blood quantum in any tribe large enough to qualify for enrollment or a paper trail to prove any of it.

I'm 3% Neanderthal, where do I sign up to get all the free stuff?
Hi five fellow 3%er. I can't wait to get my free pelts and hand axe.

Seriously, who starts these rumors of "free stuff" being handed out?
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:40 AM
 
Location: out standing in my field
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My mothers grandmother was full blooded Cherokee Indian, can I receive a check and how. Last name of grandmother is Baker?
You won't get "a check". Nobody gets a check. Get a job.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:47 AM
 
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In other words you don't have a blood quantum in any tribe large enough to qualify for enrollment or a paper trail to prove any of it.

I'm 3% Neanderthal, where do I sign up to get all the free stuff?
Actually I have enough for 2 of them I believe (I read the blood quantum online for different tribes) but just never signed up. My Maternal ancestors haven't in a few Generations. My Maternal Grandmother has no interest too and her Father didn't either.

My Paternal Grandfather, his father and his Grandfather never signed up.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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Seriously, who starts these rumors of "free stuff" being handed out?
The rumors probably originate from the fact that recognized members* of a few tribes do receive nice monthly checks in the form of profit sharings from casinos.

* Sadly, the tribes with the largest profit sharing checks tend to be small. To keep the checks big, some of these lucky or "lucky" tribes have become experts at dis-enrolling once qualified members. Others have creatively re-written membership rules to exclude as many potential members as possible- even if they have the required blood quantum. This behavior just demonstrates that Native Americans are.... human.
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:40 AM
 
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I am 1/16 Cherokee. From My great grandmother. I have always been told that the American federal government is obligated to compensate native Americans .
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Old 05-21-2016, 04:05 PM
 
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I am 1/16 Cherokee. From My great grandmother. I have always been told that the American federal government is obligated to compensate native Americans .
The only obligation is government provided health care at Indian Health Services facilities for Native Americans that are recognized by BIA.
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