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Cherokee Nation offers Citizenship Assistance across Northeastern Oklahoma

04/19/2012
April 19, 2012
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation is offering assistance with applications for Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood cards and Cherokee Nation citizenship at several field sites throughout the tribe’s jurisdictional area. The sites and schedule follow.

In Sequoyah County, registration assistance will be available on Friday, May 11, and Friday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation’s Sallisaw suboffice, 110 N. Elm St. Registration assistance will also be available on Wednesday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Muldrow’s Cherokee Community Center, 607 N. Main St.  

In Rogers County, registration assistance will be available on Wednesday, April 25, Wednesday, May 23, and Wednesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Claremore Indian Hospital on Will Rogers Boulevard.

In Delaware County, registration assistance will be available on Monday, May 7, and Monday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sam Hider Health Center in Jay, 1015 W. Washbourne St.

In Nowata County, registration assistance will be available on Monday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation Community Building, 215 Oklahoma St. 

In Tulsa County, registration assistance will be available on Monday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation Tag Office in Collinsville, 105 E. Main St.

In Craig County, registration assistance will be available on Wednesday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation suboffice in Vinita’s Tom Buffington Heights, 900 W. McNelis Ave., #31-B.

The main Cherokee Nation Registration office is located in the tribe’s W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no charge to apply for tribal citizenship.

In order to obtain a CDIB card, applicants must formally apply and provide acceptable legal documents that connect them to an ancestor who is listed with a roll number and a blood degree from the final rolls of citizens of the Cherokee Nation, commonly called the Dawes Final Rolls. These rolls were compiled between the years 1899 – 1906. Quantum of Indian blood is computed from the nearest paternal and/or maternal direct ancestor(s) of Indian blood listed on the Final Rolls. 

Many descendants of Cherokee Indians can neither be certified nor qualify for tribal citizenship in the Cherokee Nation because their ancestors were not enrolled during the final enrollment. Unfortunately, these ancestors did not meet the requirements for the final enrollment. The requirements at that time were (1) applying between 1899 – 1906, (2) appearing on previous tribal rolls of 1880 or 1896 and (3) having a permanent residence within the Cherokee Nation (now the 14 northeastern counties of Oklahoma). If the ancestors had separated from the Cherokee Nation and settled in states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri or Texas during that period, they lost their citizenship with the Cherokee Nation. Only enrolled citizens of the Cherokee Nation named on the Final Rolls and/or their descendants are eligible for Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood and tribal citizenship

The schedule is subject to change due to weather, holidays or emergency situations. For more information, call 918-458-6980 or email registration@cherokee.org.


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