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Old 09-20-2008, 03:24 PM
 
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My daughter is one quarter American Indian and has heard she might be eligible for some scholarships for American Indians. Some require proof.
How do I prove that my father-in-law is an American Indian? He has never belonged to a tribe.
Anyone know?
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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There is a DNA test you can do. Im not sure where to get that done, though
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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You need documentation from the tribe that they actual are descended from. Check with the high school counselor, they should have the details available as to the exact name of the forms, etc from the tribe. Also, check with your inlaw, he make have documentation already. Good Luck.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:31 PM
 
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You could also try some circular proof and find information about your grandfather-in-law. Is that side of the family from Penna.?
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:07 AM
 
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My niece tried to go through that. Each tribe has different requirements for what they classify as valid ancestrly. She is 1/4 Cherokee, so her daughters are 1/8. I believe that she discovered that Cherokee is particularly difficult, because of so much dispersal. The other difficulty arises from the fact that so many native Americans were ashamed of that ancestry, so from the first half of the 20th century, it is extremely difficult to prove that a deceased grandparent was Indian.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:06 PM
 
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My niece tried to go through that. Each tribe has different requirements for what they classify as valid ancestrly. She is 1/4 Cherokee, so her daughters are 1/8. I believe that she discovered that Cherokee is particularly difficult, because of so much dispersal. The other difficulty arises from the fact that so many native Americans were ashamed of that ancestry, so from the first half of the 20th century, it is extremely difficult to prove that a deceased grandparent was Indian.
I think I am in that boat! My father-in-law has no proff, his father left the family when they were small. AND...they are cherokee.
So...I guess she'll have to get her scholarship on her brains.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:31 PM
 
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I've had to go through this. Just make a detailed list of your ancestry and where they are from and the BIA will do the rest.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:59 PM
 
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I've had to go through this. Just make a detailed list of your ancestry and where they are from and the BIA will do the rest.
I'm sorry...what do you mean by a detailed list? Thier name? What else? And naturally they are from the USA..that's what makes them Indian, or are you referring to something else? What is the BIA??
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:01 PM
 
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I'm sorry...what do you mean by a detailed list? Thier name? What else? And naturally they are from the USA..that's what makes them Indian, or are you referring to something else? What is the BIA??
BIA = Bureau of Indian Affairs

Google it and you'll find quite a bit of info.

The others are correct, however, in that each tribe has different rules with regard to tribal registration and what criteria constitutes a tribal member. I would highly recommend contacting them as a resource.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:07 AM
 
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I checked with a colleague that went through this process - I was told the following information-people of Native American decent usually have a card that registered them with a tribe - or call Three Rivers Council 800-835-8120 - this is an indian affilition from what I understand that may direct you. She also stated scholarships usually require proof of decent - just like if you belonged to the Lions Club you would need to provide that proof - maybe this will help-
if not start searching for schools that give scholarships for the "brains" -off the top of my head I know DeSales and Lebanon Vally use to give almost full tuition for students in the top 10%of the class or minimum SAT score of 1150 if they don't fit into the 10% catagory.
Hope this helps.
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