Cherokee Nation to offer assistance with tribal citizenship
3/30/2011 7:48:42 AM

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation will offer upcoming assistance with applications for Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood cards and CN citizenship at several field sites throughout the tribe’s 14 county jurisdiction. 

CN Registration Department representative will offer assistance from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 4, May 2 and June 6 at the Sam Hider Community Health Center, 1015 W. Washbourne St., in Jay in Delaware County.

In Sequoyah County, assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 8, May 13 and June 10, at the CN sub-office in Sallisaw located at 110 N. Elm St.  Also, a  Registration representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8 at Muldrow’s Cherokee Community Center, 607 N. Main St.

In Rogers County, assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 26, May 25 and June 22 at the Claremore Indian Hospital, 101 S. Moore Ave.

A Registration representative will be in Craig County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 15 at the tribe’s Vinita sub-office at 900 W. McNelis Ave.

Assistance with registration will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 20 at the CN Collinsville tag office at 105 E. Main St.

In order to obtain a CDIB, applicants must apply and provide acceptable legal documents that connect them to an ancestor listed with a roll number and a blood degree from 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 rolls.

Many descendants of Cherokee Indians can neither be certified nor qualify for tribal citizenship in the CN because their ancestors were not enrolled during the final enrollment. Unfortunately, these ancestors did not meet the requirements for the final enrollment. 

Only enrolled CN citizens named on the Final Rolls and/or their descendants are eligible for CDIB cards and tribal citizenship.

The CN Registration Department office is located in the W.W. Keeler Complex, 17675 S. Muskogee Ave., in Tahlequah. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no charge to apply for tribal citizenship. For more information about becoming a CN citizen, call (918) 458-6980.
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