One-day, off-site registration opportunities during July, August and September for individuals who wish to gain Cherokee Nation citizenship include the Tom Buffington Heights in Vinita from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20; and the Claremore Indian Health Services Hospital from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27.

Other area single-day registration events will occur Sept. 13 at Keeler Heights in Bartlesville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sept. 15 at the AMO Community Clinic in Salina from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who wish to be eligible for tribal citizenship with the Cherokee Nation must apply and be able to present a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In order to obtain a CDIB, registrants must formally apply and provide acceptable legal documents that connect them to an ancestor who is listed with a roll number and a blood degree from the final rolls of citizens and freedmen of the Cherokee Nation, commonly known as the Dawes Rolls. These rolls were compiled between 1899 and 1906. Quantum of Indian Blood is computed from the nearest paternal and/or maternal direct ancestor(s) of Indian blood listed on the Final Rolls.

Many descendents of Cherokee Indians can neither be certified nor qualify for tribal citizenship in the Cherokee Nation because their ancestors were not enrolled during the final enrollment period. Unfortunately, these ancestors did not meet the requirements for the final enrollment, which included applying between 1899-1906, appearing on previous tribal rolls of 1880 or 1896, and having a permanent residence within the Cherokee Nation. If the ancestors had separated from the tribe and settled in states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, they lost their citizenship within the Cherokee Nation. Only enrolled citizens of the Cherokee Nation named on the Final Rolls and/or their descendents are furnished Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood and tribal citizenship.

For additional information on registration for tribal citizenship, call the Cherokee Nation Registration Office at (918) 453-5575.

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