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 Last Updated on: December 10th, 2019

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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.

Related Info – How much % of Native American am I?

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.

Related Info – What tribe am I from?

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.

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

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 enrollment, 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




Related Info – Am I Native?  Find out how to start your family history search

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

(List courtesy NativeVillage.org)


 


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

  1. Elle Austin says:

    On my mom’s side, my 4x great grandfather was half Cherokee and half Irish; his wife was Choctaw from the Tubbee/Tubby line in Neshoba, MS. I’ve been trying to connect with people from either tribe, but no luck in Ohio.

  2. Jamie Nading says:

    My grandmother was half Cherokee her maiden name was kriechbaum I believe from down around Chetopa Kansas if anybody knows anything about kriechbaum please contact me

  3. Stephen Staines says:

    My Grandfather Earl Bowers, was a Northern Cheyenne / Chinese half breed, born in a circus, later raised by a German Preacher, he was stationed in the northwest of England Burtonwood/Warrington during WW2 and served as a multilingual aircraft radio operator, wounded in Germay, sent back to the US, but could never return to England due to having no birth certificate to apply for a passport. He later work for Ford in Dearborn/Michigan on the Mustang.
    How do I prove my Cheyenne roots.

  4. Mary Roberts says:

    I just found out I am 6% Native American Andean and 6%Native American North, Central and South…am I able to receive any benefits? I live in Milwaukee Wisconsin..if so how do I go about it?

  5. Lea Rae Sanchez says:

    I’m 39% Native American my mother’s mother was from New Mexico, USA. I don’t know where from is.
    How do so find out how Native American I am from North America ?

  6. Yvonne Cardona Pena says:

    I am 51% Native American, family rumor is that we are Papago and Hopi how can i find out what Tribe i am. I am also related to Geronimo Yes he is my cousin from my mother side of the family. how can i do DNA to prove i an the descended of Geronimo. I also have his jewelry that has been passe down from many generations, my mother gave it to me it was my grandmothers and it came from her mother and her mothers mother and so on. I am registered in the ancestry. com, but if there is a DNA kit for native american i would love to do it to find out what tribe/ tribes i belong to.

  7. Judson N Brown says:

    My grandmother was 1/2 Indian from the Blackfoot tribe that is not listed among the tribes what shall I do to get more info?

  8. Vickie says:

    My grand dad of 3 generation was a Cherokee Indian CHIEF
    What can I do to prove this?

  9. My father Stephen Lady was registered with the Cherokee Tribe not long ago. He says I have 1/4 American Indian blood I wouldlike some information on this we had adopted an infant Cherokee baby during the Cherokee trail of tears which could not go with the parents would of died so later on the Cherokee girl married a Lady and thats how we became part Cherokee Indian

  10. Nancy Dycus Candelaria says:

    My father was adopted by a white family when he was a baby. He was full blood Choctaw. We have no way to prove this. He was issued a tribal card by the Navajo Nation but it was lost. He has passed and there is no way to obtain any documentation at this point. What can we do?

  11. Rachel bolander says:

    I found out I’m Indian 28.6% based in mexico can I still apply for money???

    • I recently discovered through the ancestry site 23 And Me, that I am 0.2% Native American. What is considered a qualifying percentage for benefits?

      Thank you.

  12. Don Sweet says:

    Could you please help me identify where the Athabascan / Dene Nation would fall under?
    Thank you.

  13. Dolores Maynard says:

    I am 36% Native American. From what I was told is that I am Iroquoi Indian . Where can I go to get blood test don’t to confirm this.

  14. Where can I get the blood drawn and send the blood work to so I can find out my Indian percentage? Where would I send my blood work to get my answer and knowledge of what type of indian I am like Cherokee , Choctaw and so on . You made reach me by email
    [email protected]

  15. Mary Ann Meehan says:

    I took a DNA test through ancestry and it shows i’m Native American – Andean 1percent and Native American – North, Central, and South America 6%

  16. Hello my name is Qulon Andrew cooper I would like to find out more information about my tribe,and to take a dna test for apache Indian where do I start looking at Oct 18.1972 my birth day.my cell phone number is 352-875-3655. I live in ocala fla thank you so much

    • ESTEVAN QUINTANA says:

      On my DNA test on ancestry I’m 46 % native American and I check out my family and we are jicarilla apache and pueblos Indians and what does that mean for me

    • Tiffany hawk says:

      Inquiring how to get tested to find out my bloodline heritage percentage of the Cherokee tribe

    • Carol Ann Clark says:

      My name is Carol Ann Clark and My Biological Mother is Connie Lou Cook my mother is 50% Cherokee Indian how do I find out more information about the tribe, and how to register the both of us and register my grand children. Do we all have to have DNA testing and do both parents have to be involved, this is based solely off my mom. My birth date 03/08/1971.

      Thank You
      Carol Ann Clark

  17. Katy Johnson says:

    According to Ancestry. Com, I am 46% native american. What does this mean for me?

    • Alejandra Munoz says:

      I took the DNA test and I came to be 76% Native American. What does this mean?

      • Darlena Camp says:

        I am Ponca 15/64 % (above was not clear) would my daughter be eligible to register..??
        Thank you,
        Darlena Camp

          • Sheryl Brown says:

            Hello, I have gotten results back from my Ancestry DNA kit and it confirmed what we had always been told by my grandmother who was descended from the Creek Tribe in Alabama. The Native American ancestors were Sehoy I, her daughter Sehoy II , and her daughter Sehoy III. (Mother of Chief Red Eagle or Chief Redstick) as also called .
            We do have a family tree that proves the fact. It turned out I was only 1% Native American .
            I thought it would be more but thankful to have any of their DNA.
            Does this mean anything in terms of being eligible to be in one of the Creek Tribe? Just very curious at this point
            Thank you so much.

  18. Teresa Owens says:

    If both my maternal great grandmothers and one of my maternal great grandfather were a 100% Cherokee Indian and my maternal grandfather was 100% and my maternal grandmother was 50% Cherokee Indian would that make my mother 50% cherokee from her father and 25% cherokee from her mother what % would I get from my mother and if my great paternal grandmother was 100% Cherokee Indian and my paternal grandmother 50% Cherokee would that make my father 25% Cherokee Indian and what % would I get from my father?

  19. Lisa Batista says:

    I would like to find out exactly how much Indian blood I have my great grandparents were Indian. Please contact me I would like a DNA kit sent to me….

  20. How do you find out your Indian heritage if you dont know who the Indian parent is? Is there a blood test that distinguishes the type of Indian? I am 17% native american according to ancestry dna.

  21. StarGarcia says:

    My 8X grandfather is Chief Wind Muscogee from the Muscogee Creek Nation . Does that mean my kids and I have Native American in us or is that to distant?

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. S.Gonzales says:

    Where do I enroll as a Native American Indian my grandparents were Navajo and Cherokee Indians.

  27. S.Gonzales says:

    My Mother’s Parents were Navajo and Cherokee How can I find out how to be recognized as Native American Indian and where do I apply ?

  28. Odessa Walker says:

    O. Walker
    January 26, 2019
    I am part Choctaw and Cherokee and I want to find out much of the bloodline that I have to be to be a Native American.

  29. Odessa Walker says:

    O.Walker
    January 26, 2019
    I am part Choctaw and Cherokee how do I find out my percentage to be a Native American.

  30. Keep in mind that these”DNA” results are not accurate. These DNA companies get most of their “results” from genealogy that is recorded.

  31. Marie C.Garcia says:

    I tested 49% native American.How can I find out what tribe I’m from? My grandfather was born in Arizona, And I’ve always heard, we were Apache. My mothers side.

  32. D. Deer says:

    How about all of the newly federalized tribes from Virginia? I have seen DNA results from some of those family lines. I’d say a huge portion of those individuals are White people with about 15-20% AFRICAN ancestry rather than Native. To be quite honest, I’d bet most traditional Natives don’t need to see a DNA result to see that. Those that do have Native DNA are in the very low single digits, except in 1 or 2 cases where individuals intermixed with Mexicans or Central Americans. In NC it’s even worse. The Haliwa and Lumbee are clearly born out of the Free Mulatto populations of Colonial Va. and the Carolinas. Walter Plecker has been demonized for decades, but could he have been right?

  33. Rycci Laulau says:

    Quick question. My children are
    1/8 Laguna
    1/16 Zuni
    1/16 Navajo

    Do they qualify to be registered anywhere? I would like them to be ‘on the books’ if possible. If it’s not even worth it, then so be it. But if I can register them somewhere, is there anyone out there that can tell me WHERE please?
    My mother in law has her Native card that proves all of this.

    cheers!

  34. Theodore Warren says:

    My great grandmother was full blooded Cheeroke Indian wat percentage do that make me

  35. Theodore Warren says:

    I Theodore Warren want to find out how to go about finding out about the process of filing n doing a DNA testing. Paper work on filing for Government Native American compensation.

  36. Mohammad Nikfarman says:

    Hi,
    I’m interested to know what being 0.1 percent being Native American signifies?
    Thanks,

  37. C.P. Morris says:

    Hi I’m Cynthia,
    Reading some of the comments regarding DNA percentage left me a bit confused. Some were saying their DNA listed at 1/4% and wanted help to identify which Native tribe they belong to and others had higher percentage and said they didn’t qualify.
    I recently received my DNA results stating I have 2% Native American DNA. This left me to wonder. ” Does my 2% count”?

  38. Dianne Davidson says:

    Hi just reading over the comments and the percentages that everybody has after taking their DNA it’s very interesting that everyone wants to be long to the indigenous tribes and most people do have a percentage in their DNA to me that is enough I was told growing up that my great-grandmother was Cherokee on my mom’s side and my grandmother was Creek on my dad’s I see a lot of people have a lot of information and I really don’t know how they manage to get all of that unless they were on the reservation because according to information a great deal of material was lost I think that once you go searching and you find that you are apart of the Native American tribes even though you may never know conclusively what tribe you belong to you know that the stories that your parents told was true even if your DNA presents a 1% to 3% results so just be thankful for that don’t try to get benefits and that sort of thing

    • Jerry minialoff says:

      I know or at least pretty sure I have no native blood , because both my parents came from Europe but call me what ever you want I know what I feel and it’s perhaps the native spirits of this great land that draw me to your culture ,I feel it in my bones ,when there’s chanting in prayer of song it resonates thru me your spiritual belief system which is thru the 4 legged the crawlers the swimmers the winged ones ,this is a natural calling on my being and I feel at times like an orphaned child outcast from his family ,so having said all of this I feel I know how those children being held in residential schools felt

  39. YVONNE C JACKSON says:

    I just found out that I’m 5.3 percent Native American, I know that isn’t enough to claim anything but I would love to learn much more about being Native American.

  40. Debra Becerra says:

    Hi my name is Debra I recently did a DNA test and found out I am 54% Native American . I don’t care about benefits or anything like that I’m just trying to figure out who I am my mom just passed away recently my father’s been passed for 15 years . I looked up what tribe I would be from and I found Yaqui.. from Sonora and Southern Arizona . Do you have any suggestions on where I go from here to learn more. Thank you

  41. Sherika Brown says:

    So if I have 3 percent native American in me that means i can’t be a part of a tribe? So your saying your leaving me out because it’s not enough but it’s in me, an Indians don’t leave nobody behind, so how can I be a part of something that’s rightfully mines by blood. Can someone help me out please with a valid answer

    • The list here is not every tribe. This is just a sampling. We don’t know the requirements of every tribe.

      The list of lineal decent tribes don’t require a %. They require you to show your lineage.

  42. Ida Gonzales says:

    I had DNA checked by Ancestry I’m 46% Native American. I don’t know which tribe I belong to. Can you help?

  43. Joseph L Clay says:

    Do I find out how do I find out what percentage Native American I am for free what site and what requirements do I need to be able to send to I don’t know who you please help as I am very interested and know that I have Native American ancestry as I have some family that come from New Mexico and have been told I am either Cherokee Sue or Navajo and would like to find out but don’t have the funds please help

  44. Evan Owen says:

    I have native ancestry and was always told, the tribe was the Omaha tribe of Nebraska. I live in the region that was their tribal territory. Out of curiosity, what is their required percentage?

  45. I took a DNA test and i found out i’m 51.1%Native i was told my great grandma on my mom’s side was 100% Apache and on my dads side my aunt claims they are Cherokee how do i find out what tribe i belong to ? i’m so intrested thank you and have a blessed day .

  46. Theresa my name is gladys I was just wondering how did you get all your information I have been trying 8 years now everyone on my mom’s side has passed away now thear is one left and it’s my aunt and she has the papers that belongs to my grandparents and won’t let me see. Them what can I do ?

  47. Hi, my name is Theresa Nelson I went to vocational training in LPN classes, 3 Rivers Indian counsel paid for my tuition, books, uniforms and everything I needed even traveling expenses. My grandmother on my mother’s side was full blood Blackfoot and Cherokee Indian. My great grandfather and grandmother were full Cherokee and the other was Blackfoot how do I go about getting information about enrolling into either tribe? I am sure I have even to be enrolled, because of my assistance while being in school. Any info would be greatly appreciated thank you.

  48. Nidza Solis says:

    Hi everyone I just received my ancestery DNA results and I am 13% Native American Indian how can I find out what tribe I belong to and what do i do to apply

  49. Antonio Barrientos says:

    I just found out that I am 34% Native American from all my DNA Native American was my highest so does make Native American? I live in Laredo Texas not many tribes her or any what so ever last name is Barrientos I don’t want any benefits just want to connect we my ancestors and to know were they came from and know were I come from any help would help tahnks.

    • Normandie Kent says:

      Dont forget if you are Mexican, that Mexicans are mostly Mestizo, that were detribalized early on in history. I doubt you have any USA tribal ancestry. you need to look to church records in Mexico were your family came from.

      • melissa says:

        they debunked that myth we came from the berring straight. they have found a ancient village in canada that proves they migrated from the coast not the berring straight.

  50. 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?

  51. Robert D Good says:

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

  52. Robert H. Picard says:

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

  53. Hello I just found out from Ancestry.com 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.

  54. 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?

  55. 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.

  56. 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?

  57. 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?

    • Virginia Garcia says:

      My DNA reviled that I am 40 % Native American, how can I find out what Indian tribe i am related to

    • Normandie Kent says:

      If you are a hispanic that means you a mestizo. from a tribe or tribes in Mexico. I think Mexicans forget that they are not Native to the USA, but Mexico.

      • J. Flametree says:

        Aztec Nation migrated from what is now the USA to Mexico. The Yaqui, Apache, Comanche and Kiowa plus many other Tribes traveled from the USA to Mexico and back before the Europeans arrived! Genetically every single Amerindian from Northern Canada to the tip of South America are related by race! So there was no such thing as native from USA or Mexico. Learn your history, true American history,,,Native American history, before the European immigrant infested our land!!! Also FYI, Most Mexicans have a high percentage of Native blood not to mention the 12 million Mexicans that are pure Native, they have more rights to the USA than European descendants!!

        • Actually, there were bodies found in a bog in Florida dating back over 12,000 years. They were well preserved and their DNA tested and it showed that they were European. In fact, initially, people coming here from Europe in the 1500’s ,spoke of white Indians on the East Coast, many of these people were killed off by the new arrivals, mostly from new diseases. There is a theory based on this information, that Europeans first came here during the Ice Age because the ice sheeth covered so much of Europe and North America that Spain and Portugal extended farther out than it does now due to the lower Ocean levels. Those people who came, came by following along the ice catching fish and ended up in areas like Florida. Being much warmer than their own land, they stayed. If you compare the physical looks of the Eastern tribes to the South Western tribes, you see a very different physical appearance. The Western tribes would have come from Asia and also some of the Pacific Islands, the latter more so in South America. I doubt that all native Americans ( North and South) have the same genetic connection. In fact, there are people in Great Britain who have Native American ancestry ,(DNA check), because during colonial times, Native Americans went to Great Britain with the colonials to meet the king and ended up staying in Great Britain and marrying British citizens and became part of Great Britain.

          • C’mon Rose, stop playing!?!?! True European History of existence, began around 4000-6000 BC (not the 100,000’s of years as European historical books and plagiarised anthropology denotes). It’s “Euro”peans not “Native American” peans! So you are saying Caucasians been in Turtle Island since 10,000 BC? Chris Columbus and the Stealing fathers (not the founding fathers) will be rolling in their graves, plus, more genecide actions would have took place due to the racial pride of oppressors claiming to be Native of Ancient America/Turtle Island. Unfortunately, Cherokee, Natchez/Natch-ay bloodline for me yet conspirators, aka, enumerators deemed my Natchez side as “Mulattos” while Caucasian invadera swindled their way into the native census. Not knocking your reply but proof is eminent for your statement would have already been well known before, during and after 1492! Much love to u though (not knocking your Nativity for we have vast ancestral lineages yet i question the “12,000” years of settlement?????)

          • melissa says:

            they debunked that myth we came from the berring straight. they have found a ancient village in canada that proves they migrated from the coast not the berring straight.

        • Yvette Robbins says:

          AMEN!!!!!! Thank you for educating someone unsure. I love it when we know our Native Roots!!

      • So let me get this right, my grandfather whose family escaped the 1890, wounded knee massacre and fled to Mexico are no longer considered USA natives?
        So we are now comsidered mestizo and in no way part of the blackfeet tribes is that correct?.

        • Gladys Fogarty says:

          Hi my name is gladys I was also told I am part Blackfoot my great grandfather was a chif from the Blackfoot family all of my family on my mom’s side has passed now I have just one aunt left and she has all of my grandparents naivete papers and won’t let me look at tham I don’t know what to do now can you help please

          • Gabrielle says:

            There’s a similar problem for me. My father’s side is where Blackfoot ancestry comes from, but I don’t even have him or any father listed on my birth certificate. He did not want to be on it. So I don’t know where to even start.

      • My family is not interested in any benefits of any kind we work for what we need, but after reading that mexicans are considered mestizos then just want to make sure, because my mother speaks, reads and writes in the native blackfeet language our grandfather taught her before he died. Have a blessed day..

        • Hi Ruth,
          I do not know about how someone would be mestizo, but I am sure that your DNA would show that you are part of the Blackfoot Nation. Since your mother speaks the Blackfoot language, I hope that she taught you as well. That is probably a dying language that needs to be maintained.

      • Being hispanic means that you speak Spanish, a Romance language, as your mother tongue or as a heritage language and it does not have anything to do with race or genes. Therefore, you could find white , black, asian, native indian, etc. hispanics who have lived and intermixed or not among these races in Latin America. In the US most people refer to hispanic as someone coming from a Latin American country such as Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Argentina, etc. Each of these countries have or had a native indian population too. For example, you could find mulattos, from black and white as Obama or Halle Berry, which by the way are referred to as black or African American in the US but it is considered offensive. I don’t know why is considered offensive. Mestizo is a Spanish term to define a person of Spanish and Native American descend regardless of where the person was born. Native Americans settled in territories from the Bering Strait to the Patagonia including the Caribbean as one huge nation. Europeans are quite mixed as well. So let’s face it! Defining oneself as member of one particular race is not that easy without disconnecting it from other races and historical facts and labels were created. There are Latinos, Chicanos, New York Ricans, African American, etc… Let’s not separate but unite the human race.

    • Christina says:

      HI Gloria, I Ann also from the same tribe, but I am only 18%. I’m not sure if you’ve received any information, not do I know where to look. If you receive information, could you please share it with me?

    • Indian council says:

      That means you are pure white and should not contact us. Go back to eating Bologna sandwiches.

  58. 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

  59. 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.

  60. Vanessa Soliz says:

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

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