Legialativ Act 6- 92
Amended See LA# 2-93
ACT RELATING TO
The Process of Enrolling as a Member of the Cherokee Nation
BE IT ENACTED BY THE CHEROKEE NATION that
Title: The Cherokee Nation
Section 2. Purpose
The purpose of this code is to establish the policies and procedures
governing the issuance of tribal membership.
Section 3. Legiislative History
The Cherokee Nation Constitution provides for the membership
under Article III. This code shall supersede the guidelines
Tribal Council Resolution 21-88 adopted March 12, 1988.
Section 4. Definitions
(a) Adopted Person means a person whose biological parents'
parental rights have been given to others to exercise by court order.
(b) Applicant means a person submitting an application for
enrollment in the Cherokee Nation.
(c) Base Roll means a specific list of individuals used for
determining tribal membership. One must prove back directly to an
individual who is listed by blood on a base roll. The base roll
as used herein means those final rolls otherwise known as the
Dawes Commission Rolls or the Final Rolls. The Final Rolls were
closed in 1907. Those Final Rolls by blood used for membership
purposes are (1) Cherokees by Blood, (2) Cherokee Minors by Blood, and
(3) Delaware Cherokees.
(d) Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) is the official
document issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) stating a
person's degree of Indian blood. The CDIB is an acceptable
document used to meet the necessary evidence requirements. The
CDIB is not an enrollment/membership document.
(e) Cherokee Register means the current membership roll of the
Nation and is maintained by the Registrar.
(f) Direct Ancestors means those persons who are the biological
parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., through whom
enrollment rights are claimed. Collateral relations such as
brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousina, etc, are not direct
ancestors. (g) Enrollment means the process for applying to be
formally recognized or registered as a member of the Cherokee Nation.
(h) Nation means the Cherokee Nation.
(i) Necessary Evidence means the documents which clearly
establish relationships from one generation to another and that the
person does possess Cherokee blood. These documents must be State
certified copies of the original birth and or death records issued by
State Vital Statistics Offices, Court Ordered Determinations,
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(a) Tribal Membership is derived only through proof of Cherokee
blood based on the final rolls.
Passed by the Cherokee Nation Council on the 12th day of september,
Wilma P mankiller
of the Cherokee Nation
14 YEA votes 1 absent