Voting Question: How do I find out about my native american ancestry? and requirements for a tribal college?

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  • Voting Question: How do I find out about my native american ancestry? and requirements for a tribal college?


Answer #1 | 22/12 2013 06:30
Zero chance. You are NOT Native yourself. You are not a tribal citizen. Its pretty rank that you are interested in proving a family legend of Native ancestry (that every other person in the US has with next to none actually being true) just because you can get something from it. Scholarships come from the tribe itself for its citizens. Not those who show up with their hand out, whose family cut ties with the Nation generations ago.
Answer #2 | 22/12 2013 06:48
Haskell wants 1/4 or better: Verification of Tribal Enrollment. Students applying to attend Haskell must either be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe eligible for education benefits from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) or at least one fourth degree Indian blood descendant of an enrolled member of a tribe eligible for BIA education benefits. ------ 90% - 95% of the families who claim "great grandma was a Cherokee" are fudging; she was mulatto, and being an Indian was more acceptable than being part black. The best way to find out what tribe your ancestors were from would be to research, until you found them on one of the Indian censuses or the Dawes rolls, or on the normal census records with race "Indian", then found the individuals in the BIA records or tribal enrollment records. That would take you 100 hours at the least, if you either subscribed to or went to a library that did. It would take longer if you relied solely on free sites. Chances are you will strike out. And, 1/4 means you need one grandparent to qualify for Haskell. You'd know if one of your grandparents were enrolled in a tribe.
Answer #3 | 22/12 2013 08:05
You have to have the names of your Native ancestors, then you have to find them on the various tribal rolls that the govt devised. Then you have to prove the direct descent from them and apply for tribal citizenship, and enrollment. You realize that our blood is no different than other humans right. White people who state that "they have Indian blood in their veins" seem to think that makes them magically Indian. Not so, no more so than if some one received a blood transfusion and blood from an Indian was used. That person has Indian blood in their veins, but that does not make them Indian. When the tribe enrolls you, and recognizes you as one of their own, then you are Indian. Belonging is far more than hoping to get something from somebody else simply because you have a family story about a Native ancestor.
Answer #4 | 22/12 2013 12:42
You said that you know, yet you said you don't know which tribe, meaning it is but a family tale. You need to start with your birth certificate and work backwards one generation at a time using birth/marriage/death certificates. Since I live near a Cherokee Reservation and have tried to keep up with Cherokee Nation status, I will only mention that IAW the Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma) you would need to find at least one ancestor who was listed on the Dawes Roll (1890s - early 1900s). Without that, you can not claim Cherokee Nation status. Every tribe/nation has its own rules, but, as far as I know, every one of them demands a paper trail. And, no, you do not have Indian blood in you, unless you had a transfusion from an Indian. If you want to go to college, do as I did: work full time plus parttime during the summer and parttime during the school year. You guys have it easy: there now are college loans, FAFSA, and scholarships, so if you have the grades you can easily go.

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