What Percentage of Native American Do You Have To Be To Enroll With a Tribe?

What Percentage of Native American Do You Have To Be To Enroll With a Tribe?

Posted By PowWow Articles January 8th, 2018 Last Updated on: January 27th, 2021

What percentage of Native American blood do you need to be in a tribe? And how much American Indian blood is required to be considered Native American?

Native Americans are the people who contain blood one of the more than 500 distinguished tribes that still endure as sovereign states within the United States’ present geographical boundaries.

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

Related Info – What % 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 require 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 1/4 Native American blood percentages.

That means 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
Havasupai-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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203 thoughts on “What Percentage of Native American Do You Have To Be To Enroll With a Tribe?

  1. L.j Nogler says:

    Just found out from my 82 yr old Grandmother, her entire family bloodline is 75% Blackfoot. 40 years and now you tell me Grams.. lol She says we are from the Dakota tribes? Always felt something was off about me spiritually. Never felt settled in the burbs or cities, always drawn to the woods and water. My sensory is insane, night vision, hearing, peaceful warrior spirit. Making sense now! Where do I begin this Native Indian Journey?

  2. Chad H says:

    I’ve always been curious about my past native roots. Unfortunately, estranged family, family loss, and lack of detail has left things pretty much as they are for the past 40+ years.

    My understanding is that my grandfather’s mother (my great grandmother) was born of two tribes, but I was told as a child and don’t remember what they were. I do know that she had no birth certificate, and my grandfather’s birth certificate was lost in a courthouse fire decades ago. Doesn’t leave me with much to go on, but that’s what I’ve got. My mother would be at least 1/4 native, myself at least 1/8, my son 1/16.

    My only motivation is to honor and remember that part of our heritage, to learn more of my great grandmother’s life and pass those stories on to future family generations.

    • A De Leon says:

      My mom’s side of the family has always proudly spoken about their Ute(Uncompahgre) and Iroquois decent. My dad always claimed he was Apache, which I only took half seriously untill my half sister got a DNA test showing she was a little over a quarter. We know it can’t be from her mom since she had none, meaning I should have a similar amount. The problem is though, I’m not sure if I’d half enough of one tribe for any of them to claim me. I have a document for my Ute grandma, showing she was Ute and her marriage legitiment, but besides that I don’t really have anything.

    • Hi Chad: my line is similar to yours. My great grandma was full, her son (my Gpa 1/2) and his son, my dad a formal tribal member (Colville) was 1/4. Me: 1/8. My dad spent a couple of years helping set up one of, if not the first mental health clinics on the Colville land, i spent a year with him and went to school. I inherited 120 acres of trust land along the Columbia (beautiful but worthless).

      Colville requires 1/4 for membership – and more. I want nothing from the tribe or BIA or whoever doles out funds. There is abject poverty everywhere. I just wish there was a “step” member or something for direct offspring of tribal members. It has always been a big part of my life – because of my dad. I have oral histories he transcribed before Gma died – incredible stories. I have tons o antique baskets and beading… I do my own beading and watercolor portraits of native faces, I have language books (Ha! Can’t even try. I can say my dad’s childhood nickname, “Keh-EESH-EESH-Laou.”

      It just stings to be shut out. That growing up, learning from my dad – learning on the reservation – it’s always been such a part of my life. Always will be. But it’s like being shunned. I want no benefits, perks, just a sense of belonging, if only tangentially.

      Check the free LDS genealogy site – I found tons of Census images that lead me to more and more… Graveyards, other relatives… and who *wasn’t* part of my family. Spelling surnames was often iffy, and everyone seemed to like naming their kids the same few names.

      I hope you find out more!

    • Shon Ramsey says:

      I’ve been told I was 3/4 of Native American due to my mother having Cherokee father Blackfoot. Mother’s side her great grandmother princess of tribe great great grandfather chief. On dad’s side well grandmother dad’s mom had to adopt American name. However I was raised in an Hispanic Environment but I’ve always held my ground on being proud of my Heritage regardless of being product of our Environment. I’m 50 today and all I really want is validation of my Heritage and proof on record that I’m Native American. So glad to hear of these tests today just need to be financially prepared. Thanks for hearing my story MS. LC

    • Karen Medina says:

      My mother was 80 years and told me she took DNA test and indicate she was 49% Native American. I will like to know what tribe and how much percentage I have. Now I understand why love outside and water. Hearing noises, voices, always sending me to right path.

  3. Melinda Ammons says:

    Tonight while working on my Thrulines of my Great Grandparents. I found something I didn’t know about. I had a 4th Great Grandmother, and someone had put she was 3\8 Cherokee. So I don’t know anything really about that. But I do have 2 Great Gma’s on on each side of the family. Both Indian. My gma, which was her daughter told me her mother was Cherokee, and my mother said she (my g. gma) was 3\4 Cherokee. I have done my dna and as far as showing a percent of Indian blood I don’t. My Aunt and her twin was born on I.T. in Tuskahoma June 29, 1897. My Aunt twin, is in a Indian Book at Library, but they messed up on Census of 1900 and 1910 Census. My gma (which is my great gma dau told me things about the family and I found stuff in those census, that backs up her stories.) If it had not been for all the mistakes on these census, my family would already had an Indian Card. Then I had a Great Gma on my dad side and her maiden name was Amos. Went to the Choctaws, they said she was Indian, and they knew she owned a farm in Ark. but she never lived in Oklahoma. We don’t know where to look any farther or not on her. She was born in MO. and she married and had a farm in Ark., her husband died when her kids were young, but she raised them on that farm. If you could give me any info, would be appreciated. On dna matches you can not just throw names in there. I have name like: Morgan Little Eagle, Mayna Yellowhair, Littlejohn, names like that.

    • Eleanor says:

      If you belong to any of the Five “Civilized” tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole), you can check the Dawes Rolls on Ancestry.com.

  4. Sandyjeanie says:

    I found out that I am 1/16 Iroquois (Mohawk). My grandfather came from Canada and settled in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts..near the Mohawk Trail. But..I guess sadly..that 1/16 doesn’t mean anything to that particular tribe. 🙁 🙁 And..here’s a strange note to this: One of my great grandfathers in Canada..was killed by the Iroquois Indians..shot with an arrow..over some fur trading deal gone wrong. 🙁 🙁

    • Gavin Claiborne says:

      It is a very painful path to be chosen by the creator to be 1/16th American. Especially when you remember your grandfather , I asked him why he wasn’t white when I was ten and he told me he’s 1/4 th Cherokee , I’m not accepted as Native American yet I’ve been strangled by a policeman till I passed out on the side walked and kicked in the back to re wake then reassured a week later for looking one drop
      I’ve cried so hard and been hi on lsd till I talk to my great grandmother who guides me and is my hero and light
      Who I think saved my life
      Now I’m on meds which I don’t believe in
      I’m very very sick now even though I was well as a child
      It took me 43 years to see that it’s a life of pain to be 1/16 th Native American and the rest Caucasian
      I dream of meeting a woman who’s also 1/16th but also for real ( really actually for real like me )
      To talk all about it but I never met anyone like that very rarely
      Anyways I know it’s also like being an albino in some African cultures that I also have powers and strengths and I will never give up the fight till my Cherokee great grandmother who commit sucide by burning herself and all her things in a barn is honored and it says on my if that I’m one drop that flows still
      and I want off meds And I want to repair triathlon and to be understood
      I will never give up nor kill myself for shame but will always seek to have my voice heard then and only then will justice be served
      I seek an apology for what happened to me and permanent housing free of meds
      I think shame on those who pretend to be 1/16th but also that it’s a real shame because I know I have something native American inside that nobody else in the world has so it’s a real shame that people can’t come together under a Native American president like Nelson Mandela
      It can hurt till there’s no cure
      But I have faith that one day I will be free from this before I die
      Nothing much else just to express how much it hurts to be rejected on both sides
      And no allowed to express myself or be undertood and mistaken as a racist wanna be
      With being told that I’m French or Italian to avoid confusion
      Just that it hurts so bad i resort to writing this and that I’ve met very few peoples also 1/16 native and that’s also devastating
      That I seek before I die for a native cure to the pain I feel and the mental illness I have or supposedly have and that my whole life is devastated and ruined by being 1/16th Native American and yet I’ve realized it’s also a super gift and very very very hard path to walk
      Thanks for letting me share

      -Gavin Robert Claiborne

    • I did my family genealogy and discovered my 7th great grandparents were Wolf Clan Cherokee, so that makes me Casper white. But being indigenous native is not just a matter of blood, it’s a way of life. Indigenous natives love their planet and take only what they need from it, no more, mother Earth most heal. Oh and though I have had the indigenous native bred out of me, my 7th great grandfather was ‘Kanagatoga ( Cherokee Wolf Clan) Moytoy and his wife ‘Su gi of Tellico’, from what I’ve researched of him, he was a great Cherokee, so I may not have native blood in me, I have the pride that I’m a descendent of a great Cherokee..

    • How do you find out your percentage I know I have Blackfoot n Cherokee not sure how much

  5. Gloria V. Krenek says:

    Hello my name is Gloria Vasquez Krenek, I send my DNA and discovered I am 61 % native American m mother always talked to me that her father and grandfather were Indians, but she never mention what type, How can I find out what type? Also what benefits would I have here in Texas? Please assist me. Thanks
    Gloria V. Krenek

    • Teena Vasquez -Latture says:

      Gloria, please contact me I may have some info for you.

      • Brittany Roark says:

        I am needing help through this process in texas. If someone could help? Where do i begin

      • Richard Sanchez says:

        Hi Teena since you got my mom name, Vasquez, I am trying to see what tribe I came from
        I don’t get a callback I have my birth certification and my mom’s and the request for a certificate of degree of Indian form. please give the step you did or who can I contact.

        Thank you
        Rick Sanchez

        • Alisha Thacker says:

          My grandmother was born to am indian princess. I only knew my great grandmother as grandma Loonsfoot. From what I’ve been told her father was a chief. I know that we are Chippewa from either WI or MN. How can I find more information? I have always been drawn to nature and feel I belong elsewhere.

          • Eleanor says:

            There are no such things as Indian Princesses. That’s a non-Native thing. Being the daughter of a Chief doesn’t make you a princess.

      • Marshall Jerome Jordan says:

        23 and me says I am 12. 5 percent Native American and East Asian . What does that really mean My family is from Western Louisiana

      • Sara Super says:

        Hi Teena my name is Sara i have the same questions as Gloria. I found out im 31 percent native American if you could please contact me please.

      • Hyla Thomas says:

        My grandmother was Cherokee. I’m not sure what if any percentage I have but would love to know and what benefits come along with that but most of all I wanna know my heritage. If you can help please contact me. Thank you.

      • Teresa Anita-Elizabeth Ames says:

        I had my DNA done as well and wasn’t surprised to see I was part indigenous, I was always told I was part Apache. My grandfather was very dark skin. But how do you qualify that?

    • My great grandmother was Mea Bow Man a Cherokee Indian from Oklahoma dont know much about her other than she was about 5ft 2in tall dark completion small petite woman with quite the temper born in late 1800s. She became a Mull when she married . My family never really said much about it because of how they were looked down on and treated. Most of my relatives who know have passed.. but looking at pictures you could see the Indian in us grandpa died at a ripe age of 88 with a full head of jet black thick hair . My aunt the same look as well as my father. I only have some trates. As my mother was full blooded German and would like to know more about my fathers side with no one to ask can you help please…

    • Hello, I’m not sure what to do, I was adopted and I did the Ancestry DNA two years ago and it came back that I’m 32% Native American, from Arizona, Texas and Utah, but I have no idea what my tribe I am…i was raised by my adopted family and they kept telling I was Caucasian and everyone said no, I look Native American….plz help me!

  6. Perla V. Sanford says:

    Hello, after much research, I found out I am 5th generation Pawnee (from Oklahoma) and my husband is 5th generation Mississippi Choctaw. Unfortunately, his grandma misplaced her card and well, my family never had one. How can we find out more information on our Native histories? Does this mean our daughter’s DNA is stronger with Native blood? We don’t want any benefits, we just want it on record and to accurately record in the family bible. Thank you

    • Mrs. Pamela Marie Carr says:

      Y’all trip me out with this “my great great great grandma was such and such Indian…”

      This is Indian Decent…although only just more than 1/8th degree: my great great great grandparents were full blood Spokane tribe, their child was also. Their child grew up, married a white man, and became my great great grand parents after delivering a 1/2 Spokane baby who eventually grew up, and married within the tribe. They had babies, becoming my grand parents when they had my father in 1949. My Native American ancestry traces back 5+ generations, all being registered tribe members.

  7. Paula Hernandez says:

    I found out from DNA results that I’m 67% Native American, but all my grandparents are deceased. So how do I find out from what tribe I’m from? My aunt says Navajo/ Cherokee, that both my grandparents were Native American. Can you please help?

  8. 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.

    • Louise McDonald says:

      My GGGrandParents were both full Blood Mi’kmaq Indians from Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Canada. I had a DNA Test done through GeneTree DNA Testing Center it came back 84% European, 10% East Asian and 6% Native American Indian. My GGrandFather was full Blood Mi’kmaq Indian and his wife my GGrandMother was 1/2 Mi’kmaq Indian and 1/2 Irish,they had a son together my GrandFather I thank he would be 3/4 Mi’kmaq Indian, he had a son my Father what ever he is I’m 1/2 of his Mi’kmaq Indian. My Family from Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, there names were changed from GooGoo! to Chaumable, changed to Martin. Please let me know one way or another if I can be come a Member of my tribe in Nova Scotia. Thank you, hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful day.

  9. 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

      • ReGina Pearson says:

        Im looking into my geneology from my grandmothers side. I am told I am 1/16 Native American from the tribe WEA, although some family memebers tell me its from the tribe RedPath. Can anyone give me any information on these tribes? Are they from within the same tribe? Some family members said my grandmother came from along the Wabash River in Indiana. Any information would help. Thank You!

  10. 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.

    • Ann-kristin Normann says:

      Can yo get intouch with me?
      I have a story lik eyours to. My grandfather was in a circus.. and i have N.A blood to.
      I live i Norway.
      my adress is: [email protected]

    • Stella Walker says:

      Hi, your Grandfather’s story would make a great novel/screenplay. I’m sure you know that already!

  11. 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?

    • I took DNA test and found out I’m 46% indigenous American mainly Central South Texas- Mexico region. What type of Indian can descent from?

  12. 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 ?

      • Rose escandon says:


        • dorothy romero says:

          I found out my great grandmother is Navajofrom shipRock N.M.she was full blooded Navajo my great grandfather not sure if he was full blooded not sure if my grandfather had a card how do I try getting enrolled

    • I am 1/16 blood Quantum. My mama did the research on her great-grandmother. My grandfather carried so many characteristics of his bloodline. We were raised with great admiration for our ancestors. When I reached back out to the Eastern band of Cherokee I was treated as though I was absolutely worthless because my blood Quantum was only 1/ 16. When my mom passed she made it clear that it was her tremendous desire that our family would reconnect with our Native American ancestry. she did a tremendous amount of research and even considered moving to the reservation. When she died she gave me the bulk of her research so that I could go forward. I find the rejection as pretty painful.

  13. 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.

    • In New Mexico, it is probably the Mayan who settle on the New Mexico Peninsula or the Aztec. who built the City of Tenochtitlan on what is now New Mexico City.

  14. 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?

    • Elizabeth says:

      I was told that my fathers mother came off of the reservation, that she was Apache/Pueblo.she lived in north west New Mexico. And my great, great great grandmother on my mother’s side was full Cherokee.
      That she was on the trail of tears, But was given to a white family so she would survive.
      It’s just so hard to trace native ancestry.
      But I am very proud of my Native American roots.

    • Karen Nowakowski says:

      If she was from the Montana Blackfeet tribe you can contact the tribal enrollment office located in Browning, MT: blackfeetnation.com/tribal directory/ (tribal offices are closed until at least May 31, 2020 due to Covid19)
      You’ll need to provide whatever ancestry information you have regarding birth names, dates, etc.
      If she was from Canada, contact the Blackfoot Confederacy: http://blackfootconfederacy.ca/
      Either way, it may take some time so don’t get discouraged.

  15. Vickie says:

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

  16. 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

  17. 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?

  18. 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.

  19. Don Sweet says:

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

    • Dine is Navajo. Their reservation spans the 4 corners region of the southwest. With that information you can navigate your research

  20. 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.

  21. 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]

  22. 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%

  23. 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


      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

  24. 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.

    • Cleo Aguila says:

      I did the DNA test through ancestry they say I’m 59% Native American my mom’s Dad is Navajo and my grandfather from my dad’s side is Apache my question is how do I register

  25. 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?

  26. 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….

  27. 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.

  28. 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?

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. S.Gonzales says:

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

  34. 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 ?

  35. 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.

  36. Odessa Walker says:

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

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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?

  40. 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.


  41. Theodore Warren says:

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

  42. 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.

  43. Mohammad Nikfarman says:

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

  44. 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”?

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. 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.

  49. 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?

  50. 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

  51. 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?

  52. 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 .

  53. 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 ?

  54. 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.

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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?

  58. Robert D Good says:

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

  59. Robert H. Picard says:

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

  60. 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.

  61. 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?

  62. 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.

  63. 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?

  64. 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.

  65. 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

  66. 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.

  67. 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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