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

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

Posted By PowWow Articles January 8th, 2018 Blog

What percentage of Native American blood do I need to be in a tribe?

How much American Indian blood is required to be considered Native American?

Native Americans are the people who consist one of the more than five hundred (500) distinguished tribes that still endure as sovereign states with the United States’ present geographical boundaries.

These are the tribes that descended from the pre-Colombian indigenous peoples of North America.

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For a person to be considered Native American by the United States government, they must either have a CDIB card or be enrolled in a tribe.

A 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.

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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.

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Interestingly, even the federal government requires that you meet a certain minimum before granting you some federal benefits.

To give you an example, 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 is 25% of your blood is from Native American ancestors.

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

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

  1. Anilu Cortez says:

    I did my ancestry DNA it came back I’m 69% Native American. How do I go about finding out what do I do next. Is there somewhere I can go or call? This is all new to me. I’m just curious to know more information.

  2. My mother’s mother was 100% Mayan from the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan and even spoke some Mayan to me. My great grandmother spoke only Mayan. My mother’s father was Spanish, my Dad’s mother was Italian, and his father is English. I was born in I grew up all my life on the Navajo reservation, since I was 6 months old, until I graduated high school and went to college. I have dual citizenship, however, I consider myself to be a citizen of the world. My father has taught high school on the Navajo reservation (also close to the Hopi reservation) for over 45 years. I know you must be 1/4 Navajo and full-blooded Hopi. Although I am not Native American, the wonderful culture is, and will always be, a part of me. I feel somewhat connected through my Spanish roots, as they had encountered and exchanged many experiences in history. I can introduce myself in Navajo, can understand some of the Navajo discussion, know my clan, (bilagaana and nockidine), grew up making Navajo arts and crafts such as moccasins, fry bread, seeing the baby’s first laugh get-together, have been invited to participate in butchering a sheep, have danced in a pow wow as a little girl dressed as a Navajo girl, it goes on. Much respect! My first boyfriend I dated in high school was full-blooded Navajo. God Bless Native peoples. A very beautiful people and Nation. Healthy culture of pride, discipline, respect, humbleness, sense of humor, and grace. I get it. I walk with them and hopefully, can once again dance with them. I think it’s what’s in your heart and what your heart speaks to you. I do miss hearing the drum from my childhood, and want my children to hear it, so I play the songs for them from You Tube to be connected, and they love to dance to it – feeling free. It makes my spirit dance. Brings tears to my eyes, and heals my thoughts, grounding me. Such beautiful singing with heart. I appreciate the Native ways. If we all followed them, this world would be a much better place. No other music like it. No opera singer could compare with their notes they hit, the passion in their voices, the unity the drum brings to young men of today who need a sense of belonging to heal. My middle school I taught at had a drum club for young men – great opportunity! No ballet could compare to the grace of the fancy shawl dancers on their tips of their toes, which is very hard to do. So beautiful and sacred. Now that I love off the reservation, I still visit. Now that I am a teacher, I always look out for and support my Native American students. I do have some that, although they have no Native blood, they consider themselves as such, as they had been raised by a stepfather who was. My Navajo friends told me I should have been born a Navajo. I had the best childhood ever, and would not change a thing. Thank you for allowing me to express my gratitude and admiration and sending love to all!

  3. Francisca Kelley says:

    You probably get many emails like this. I am simply trying to find out my family line. I had my DNA test done and I was marked 55.9 percent Native American. I am of Mexican descent born in Texas, would I be able to speak with someone to help guide me on what to do next. any suggestions would mean alot.

  4. Mike Castillo says:

    Hello!! My name is Mike Castillo Jr. DNA came back today showing 21 percent Native America. Like go forward with this and how. Thank you.

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