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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L.j Nogler

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?

Chad H

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

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.

pearl

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!

Felicia Elayne

My grandfather was full creek Indian my dad 1/2 which makes me 1/4. I was just approved to the tribe 58 yers later. Had to get my dad’s death certificate his father my grandpas death certificate, he was already on the Dawes Roll. Over the years the tribe or Indian creek nation made it almost impossible for my family to get approved based on name spellings or something small , for 35 years my mom had tried getting us enrolled. I decided to try again succeeded…

Shon Ramsey

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

EVA MONTEALEGRE

How do I find out. My great, great, great, great grandmother was Emily Addams. My great grandmother was Eva Bullock Metcalf.

Karen Medina

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.

Melinda Ammons

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

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.

MaryStarshine Matlock

My heart goes out to you, Gavin. I’m not 100% sure whether my heart is Cherokee or Creek, smile. My mother used to often ponder this and say at least once a year when she would bring out a photo of her mother and her grandmother together and show it to me, and say “I think we’re part Cherokee.” If that were true, then by Cherokee law which is matrilineally derived, then I would be 100% Cherokee.

However, about a week ago my long lost cousin whose mother was sister to my own mom, contacted me via Facebook to answer my question which was: What Tribe did her oldest sister belong to at the end of her life??? And she told me “Creek.”!!!

I didn’t have a problem with that because our common grandmother’s mother really looked it. In the photo I was repeatedly shown, she did NOT look Cherokee. Cherokee have alot of white blood in the line and the ones I know at my church all pass for Caucasian. (Well so do I but I am half Caucasian on my father’s side.)

My Native great grandmother, however, would never pass for white. On first glance she looks one of two Native options: Seminole Tribe… or…. Geronimo HIMSELF! … lol both are very dark and in a black and white photo might look Negro until you notice the facial features are NOT Negro. I met a great aunt in N.C., sister to my great grandmother she could only be., when I was 6 or 7 yrs. old and in Hendersonville, our family summer cottage. When my grandma took off with them to ‘visit family’ one evening they were headed for the Cherokee Rez… Only recently I discovered that back at that time, there was also a CREEK Rez just east of that Cherokee Rez.

So given all the info I have at my disposal this time, I am going with being from the Creek Nation, in NC as most likely. I still have not had time to scrutinize the Dawes rolls or even know what names I should be looking for other than my mother’s mother. I don’t have anything but that and my deceased cousin Morning Star.

Oy! This is so complicated! Oy, I say as my Native grandmother married a Jewish man (that everyone loved) ….making me TRI-RACIAL!!! (Jews are from the Semitic race and how we get the word “anti-Semitism.”)

I really like the ring of that and the stunned looks on people’s faces when I tell them I’m TRI-RACIAL!!! (this seems to stun black people (friends) when I tell them that, LOL! No ONE is expecting a Tri-racial person… what does that even mean? is the look on their faces.

Guess I better terminate this message … and just wish you the best in your search for your own ancestry.

MaryStarshine Matlock
St. Pete, FL

MaryStarshine Matlock

Thank you, Eleanor. I should be able to do that.

MaryStarshine (hopefully civilized 🙂

Sandyjeanie

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

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

My heart goes out to you, Gavin. I’m not 100% sure whether my heart is Cherokee or Creek, smile. My mother used to often ponder this and say at least once a year when she would bring out a photo of her mother and her grandmother together and show it to me, and say “I think we’re part Cherokee.” If that were true, then by Cherokee law which is matrilineally derived, then I would be 100% Cherokee.

However, about a week ago my long lost cousin whose mother was sister to my own mom, contacted me via Facebook to answer my question which was: What Tribe did her oldest sister belong to at the end of her life??? And she told me “Creek.”!!!

I didn’t have a problem with that because our common grandmother’s mother really looked it. In the photo I was repeatedly shown, she did NOT look Cherokee. Cherokee have alot of white blood in the line and the ones I know at my church all pass for Caucasian. (Well so do I but I am half Caucasian on my father’s side.)

My Native great grandmother, however, would never pass for white. On first glance she looks one of two Native options: Seminole Tribe… or…. Geronimo HIMSELF! … lol both are very dark and in a black and white photo might look Negro until you notice the facial features are NOT Negro. I met a great aunt in N.C., sister to my great grandmother she could only be., when I was 6 or 7 yrs. old and in Hendersonville, our family summer cottage. When my grandma took off with them to ‘visit family’ one evening they were headed for the Cherokee Rez… Only recently I discovered that back at that time, there was also a CREEK Rez just east of that Cherokee Rez.

So given all the info I have at my disposal this time, I am going with being from the Creek Nation, in NC as most likely. I still have not had time to scrutinize the Dawes rolls or even know what names I should be looking for other than my mother’s mother. I don’t have anything but that and my deceased cousin Morning Star.

Oy! This is so complicated! Oy, I say as my Native grandmother married a Jewish man (that everyone loved) ….making me TRI-RACIAL!!! (Jews are from the Semitic race and how we get the word “anti-Semitism.”)

I really like the ring of that and the stunned looks on people’s faces when I tell them I’m TRI-RACIAL!!! (this seems to stun black people (friends) when I tell them that, LOL! No ONE is expecting a Tri-racial person… what does that even mean? is the look on their faces.

Guess I better terminate this message … and just wish you the best in your search for your own ancestry.

MaryStarshine Matlock
St. Pete, FL

Hi Gavin,
It’s Starshine again. I see you’ve had a number of responses here in your quest. Really there are alot of us out here.

My mother knew her mother/grandmother were Native, but that was all since my grandma was born in Tampa and not raised on a reservation. For my mom, it was a relief because her father was Jewish… and here in the “South” she faced signs on alot of shop windows that said “No Dogs or Jews Allowed” and that hurt her deeply. So she was damn proud to be a Native!!!

Most of my childhood she had her nose in Native American books, like “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”, “Trail of Tears”, etc.

I thought she was delusional and just didn’t want people to think she was Jewish! Boy did I read her the Riot Act about it one day and told her to Stand Up and Be a Proud Jew!!! Which she actually did after that talk… She started reading everything she could get her hands on about or by Jewish authors.

I’ve always been a real Native, but I didn’t realize it as I was fighting to be proud of my Jewish heritage most of my life. After joining a synagogue and being baptized and given a Jewish name and making many new friends, everything was going well until some of my closest friends there started dying off. And I got more involved in metaphysics, studying astrology to see if it was REAL…btw, it is and I have a diploma to prove my knowledge, skills and I now teach courses at metaphysical churches and such places.

After that and much later, about a year or so ago, I ventured into a new Shaman Shop in our area as I had read much on Amazon about Shamanic healing, etc. The man running the shop was giving workshops on Shamanism and I went for it. AND HERE IS WHAT I LEARNED; I am SEROUSLY -a- NATIVE !!!! Many of my Native Ancestors showed up in my visions as well as the top, The Great Spirit in disguise… as what? Ask another native, preferably a Lakota!

The Northern European man/Shaman shop owner was much distressed as he believed he was teaching “authentic” Northern European Shamanism. ha ha ha… My ancestors didn’t like that!!!

I could go on with other “stories”, (Natives like to tell them, y’know!) But I’ll stop here for now

I’ll NEVER DOUBT MY HERITAGE AGAIN. Nor the Spirit Animal who has been following me since I was about 7. When he first arrived and woke me up, I told my mom who “thought” she was Native American. But she just shrugged her shoulders. Must’ve skipped a generation perhaps.

You have a choice here:

You can QUIT beating yourself up for maybe “looking” like a Native and just be Proud of It and find others or a clan or tribe and get involved… try the metaphysical venues, they will welcome you and lead you to others like yourself..
OR
You can fold and take the downward path into drugs and despair and the belief that no one else supports your Ancestry… but that’s just not true.
The best place to feel welcome is at a POW WOW!!!

I discovered the PowWow circuit when I was in college. Someone posted a notice by the Deans office door. When I made plans to attend my first one, I was incredibly surprised when my mom showed up with a number of her sisters (my aunts) and my cousins… But still I was so dulled that it took me years to realize that they were there because they KNEW AND DIDN’T DOUBT IT…that they were NATIVE AMERICAN!!!

Don’t sit there in despair….Join the PowWow circuit, make new friends and look forward to the day when we can all join up again between the trees in the meadow for a real PowWow and REAL FRIENDS AND COUSINS! I’ve never been to a Pow Wow that wasn’t fun and the people were friendly no matter what percentage your blood… Just try the Fry bread!

Aho,
MaryStarstine

Caleb

I am nearly a quarter mohawk

Marie

Does anyone know anything about Akwasasne marriage and tribal benefits? I am non native. If I marry a native (Mohawk) would I be entitled to any benefits (or widow’s benefits in old age)? Would I be allowed to live on the reserve? As a dual US/Canadian citizen, would I be entitled to health care? (and from which country?) Thanks for any answers.

Buddy

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..

MaryStarshine Matlock

My research of the Cherokee lineage said that one is considered FULL BLOOD CHEROKEE for 8 generations. Don’t remember where I read that, but you might try online at a Cherokee website or 3 or 4… Best of Luck

MaryStarshine

Terri

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

Gloria V. Krenek

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

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

Brittany Roark

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

Richard Sanchez

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

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

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.

Alisha, you can start with the internet or a library, if one is open in your area. I don’t know how old you are but I am ancient, 🙂 surely in comparison. I am a retired public school teacher. You were supposed to learn how to do “RESEARCH” in school before you graduated. Someone in a library can help you with that. Online here, too, there may be a few with that knowledge, but from what I’ve seen with many of these messages is that many do know know the first thing about RESEARCHING, so see if your library is open and learn a few simple tricks that will help you help yourself. The organizer is a retired educator, too… and if you can catch up with him, you might ask or suggest he write a short segment on researching.

And browse this site more thoroughly and you may find more answers, as well.

Education is a great thing and handy to have.

MaryStarshine

And to Eleanor whoever, who left the brisk comment. Yes, you are right. But…which is better: 1. Being Right or 2. Being Kind
I like to think that as Natives, we are the BETTER people… we love the land, the animals and nature and we don’t Worship The Money God.
Here is an ancient message:
TALK and WALK SOFTLY ON THE EARTH (but carry a big stick BEHIND your back….(not leading with) ….Aho

Marshall Jerome Jordan

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

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

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

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?

Angelita Alonso

Hi my name is Angelita I’m 70% Navajo. How can I register.

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…

Trina Cummings

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!

Trina,
This is Amazing! Ancestry.com keeps telling me that they DO NOT HAVE NATIVE AMERICAN DNA TESTING AT ALL!!!

I wouldn’t doubt that you are Native esp. if you look it. But Ancestry is lacking in ability to test for it that I know of. Perhaps you or they can do further testing below our borders is what I’ve read, in Mexico and Central America, etc. Contact Ancestry again and see if they have more information for you than I do.

Good luck

Alisha, you can start with the internet or a library, if one is open in your area. I don’t know how old you are but I am ancient, 🙂 surely in comparison. I am a retired public school teacher. You were supposed to learn how to do “RESEARCH” in school before you graduated. Someone in a library can help you with that. Online here, too, there may be a few with that knowledge, but from what I’ve seen with many of these messages is that many do know know the first thing about RESEARCHING, so see if your library is open and learn a few simple tricks that will help you help yourself. The organizer is a retired educator, too… and if you can catch up with him, you might ask or suggest he write a short segment on researching.

ALSO GLORIA, may I ask WHERE you found a DNA testing company that can give you the information on Native American DNA??? and what the company name is???
I have not found a single company in the US that can do THIS !!!
Thank you for their phone number and/or email address!!!
MaryStarshine
[email protected]
PLEASE CONTACT ME !!! Thanks!

And browse this site more thoroughly and you may find more answers, as well.

Education is a great thing and handy to have.

MaryStarshine

And to Eleanor whoever, who left the brisk comment. Yes, you are right. But…which is better: 1. Being Right or 2. Being Kind
I like to think that as Natives, we are the BETTER people… we love the land, the animals and nature and we don’t Worship The Money God.
Here is an ancient message:
TALK and WALK SOFTLY ON THE EARTH (but carry a big stick BEHIND your back….(not leading with) ….Aho

Perla V. Sanford

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

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.

Paula Hernandez

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?

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Elle Austin

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

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.

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