How Much Percentage of Native American Do You Have To Be To Enroll With a Tribe

Posted By PowWow Articles January 8th, 2018 Blog

Native Americans are the people who consist one of the more than five hundred (500) distinguished tribes that endured till date as small sovereign states with the United States’ present geographical boundaries. These are the tribes that descended from the pre-Colombian indigenous peoples of North America.

The Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) is issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) an agency under the United States Department of Interior. This certificate (CDIB) is the basis most tribes use to enroll tribe members. The CDIB is an official U.S. document used to certify that a person does possess a percentage of Native American blood. Note though, the blood must be identified with a federally recognized tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs issues the certificate after the individual has forwarded a finalized genealogy. The genealogy must be submitted with legal documents that include birth certificates, documents showing the applicant’s descents both from the maternal and the paternal sides.

Certificate Degree of Indian Blood card issued to Morris Phillip Konstantin (Phil Konstantin) in 1996. It shows him to be 3/16ths Cherokee by blood.

A certificate of degree of Indian blood shows the constituent blood degree of a particular tribe or that of all tribes in the applicant’s ancestry. The percentage required by each tribe to enroll varies. Some tribes require that a minimum degree must be met before granting membership to an individual. Interestingly, even the federal government requires that you meet a certain minimum before granting you some federal benefits. To give you a clue, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians a minimum of 1/16 degree of Cherokee blood for tribal enrolment, while the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Higher Education Grant expects you to have the minimum of ¼ Native American blood percentages. That’s 25%.

Related Info – DNA Results vs. Tribal Enrollment vs. CDIB — What Do They All Mean?

Tribal Blood Quantum Requirements

50 Percent / One-Half Blood Quantum (One Parent)

Kialegee Tribal Town
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Mississippi
St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
White Mountain Apache Tribe, Arizona
Yomba Shoshone Tribe, Utah

25 Percent / One-Fourth Blood Quantum (One Grandparent)

Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Indians
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Washington
Oneida Tribe of Indians, Wisconsin
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Arizona
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Kansas
Navajo Nation, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico
Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North and South Dakota
Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe, California
Havapai-Prescott Tribe, Arizona
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Oklahoma
Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Montana
St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York, Canada

12.5 Percent / One-Eighth Blood Quantum (One Great-Grandparent)

Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Comanche Nation Oklahoma
Delaware Nation, Oklahoma
Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Reservation, Oregon
Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
Karuk Tribe of California
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe of the Muckleshoot Reservation, Washington
Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie)
Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, Oklahoma
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Ponca Nation, Oklahoma
Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma
Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska
Squaxin Island Tribe of the Squaxin Island Reservation, Washington
Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port Madison Reservation, Washington
Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation
Upper Skagit Indian Tribe of Washington
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes (Wichita, Keechi, Waco and Tawakonie)

6.25 Percent / One-Sixteenth Blood Quantum (One Great-Great-Grandparent)

Caddo Nation
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon
Fort Sill Apache Tribe
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Sac and Fox Nation, Oklahoma
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina

Lineal Descent

Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town
Cherokee Nation
Chickasaw Nation
Choctaw Nation
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Delaware Tribe of Indians
Eastern Shawnee Tribe
Kaw Nation
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Connecticut
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
Modoc Tribe
Muscogee Creek Nation
Osage Nation
Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
Peoria Tribe of Indians
Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan
Seminole Nation
Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
Shawnee Tribe
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
Tonkawa Tribe
Wyandotte Nation

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23 thoughts on “How Much Percentage of Native American Do You Have To Be To Enroll With a Tribe

  1. Vanessa Soliz says:

    Where can I find out my blood percentage??? I recently found out I’m lipan apache Indian from the Texas tribe.

  2. Hello I’m 46% Apache but not sure if I belong to White Mtn or Fort Sill? All I know right now is that we are related to Geronimo. Can you help me find out more?

    • Mary Triplett says:

      Geronimo, as he was known by, was neither White Mountain or Fort Sill. He was Chiricahua Apache. Though he was imprisoned at Fort Sill, he was also imprisoned in Florida, the Mount Vernon Barracks in Alabama and on the San Carlos rez.

  3. Y3ars ago i was told i was Col william Johsons 7th generations grand daughter and did read that he took on an indian maid to helpout as a midwife then married her
    I would like to know more

  4. I am 1/4 Native American just received my DNA results from ancestry. So I’m 24% Native American. Chiwawa Durango. What does this mean?

  5. Cynthia Budzyn says:

    I’m 38.8% Native American. And feel like I’ve always known it. I also am not sure what tribe I belong to. It’s has been hard to find out. My father’s, father wasn’t who we thought he was. His real father, from what my father found out was supposedly a Sioux Indian. But I can not find out now, because my father past away b4 we could do his DNA back in 2008. Any suggestions?

  6. Naomi Allison says:

    23andme test shows Native ancestry during 1700-1800. I know my great great Grandfathers wife was 100% choctaw. I do not have any clear information. His last name was Robinson. Her name was possibly Martha( do not know her tribal name). Only have a verbal history and grandparents and father are no longer living. They did not know if marriage was real or common law. I suspect the latter as I have found possible relatives ( based on names and birth years)on Dawson roll but all are listed under the mother father being unknown. Is there a database for Native ancestry to plug in dna results to see if I can locate cousins.

  7. Nyoka Barnes(Russell) says:

    I know my dads mother was blackfoot, cherokee and choctaw, she had the black hair , dark skin and high cheek bones. I’m suppose to have an Uncle registered in Paducah ky, I have most of my dad and mothers family wrote down with my grandparents, great grandparents. I got told by a cousin of mine I’m only one forth Cherokee, I’m really enterested in finding out more. I have names and know the deaths of some. How do I find out more?

  8. Hello I just found out from that I am 36% Native American, how accurate that is I do not know. I was told with that amount I am eligible to receive benefits like scholarships, health care, and casino funds. I want to know if that is true. Also i did some research and I have to get my Mitochondrial and Y Line DNA test results to be more specific in what exactly Native American DNA I have. I want to make sure if that is right. I also want to know if I get results that I am for example Cherokee will I be able to use those results to get benefits? Please reply thank you… These benefits can help me and my family tremendously.

  9. Robert H. Picard says:

    I am 1/16 Sioux. What does that make me. Can I be a member of the Sioux Nation?.

  10. Robert D Good says:

    I’m a 1/8 th blackfoot is that enough to enroll in a tribe

  11. I was told with that amount I am eligible to receive benefits like scholarships, health care, and casino funds. I want to know if that is true. I also want to know if I get results that I am for example Apache will I be able to use those results to get benefits? Will I be welcome on the Apache Reservations?

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