Requirements for Tribal Enrollment

Membership Requirements

As stated in the current Constitution of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Article IV – Membership:

Section 1. Requirements. The Membership of the Tribes shall consist of the following person:

(a) All persons who names appear on the tribal membership roll prepared pursuant to the Act of October 31, 1967; provided that corrections may be made to the roll at any time, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior.
(b) Each person of ¼, or more, degree of blood of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, born after October 31, 1967, but prior to the effective date of the constitution and bylaws adopted in 1975, both of whose parents are members of the tribe.
(c) Each person of ¼, or more, degree of blood of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, born after October 31, 1967, but prior to the effective date of the constitution and bylaws adopted in 1975, if such is admitted to membership by a majority vote of the Legislature certifying compliance with this section.
(d) Each person of ¼, or more, degree of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, born to a member of the tribes after the effective date of the constitution and bylaws adopted in 1975.
(e) The Department of Enrollment shall keep the Membership Roll current by adding births and deleting deaths.

Section 2. Other Tribes. Persons who possess blood of another Indian tribe shall not be enrolled if they have shared in any land or money by virtue of having been enrolled as a member of the other tribe.

Section 3. Blood Degree. For purposes of determining degree of Cheyenne-Arapaho Indian blood possessed by applicants for membership, the degree of Cheyenne-Arapaho Indian blood shown on the October 31, 1967, roll shall govern, Corrections may be made in degree of Cheyenne-Arapaho Indian blood shown on the roll if a request, in writing, is received from the enrollee or one of his descendants, and approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The burden of proof in establishing a degree of Indian blood other than that shown on the roll is on the party making the request.

Section 4. Future Membership. The tribal council shall have the power to enact resolutions and/or ordinances, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, governing future membership and the adoption of new members.

Process of Enrollment Membership Applications

Enrollment membership applications are processed in the order they are received, with all required documentation attached. Each application goes through an extensive research process to ensure that each applicants blood quantum is calculated correctly. There is no set time when each application shall be completed, because of the extensive research each application goes through. The processing time for each application will vary.

Once the research process is completed, it will be reviewed by the Enrollment Committee at the end of each quarter.

1st Quarter: January, February, March

2nd Quarter: April, May, June

3rd Quarter: July, August, September

4th Quarter: October, November, December

The Enrollment Committee will review all applications, supporting documentation, and research to determine the final decision for membership with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Genealogy Research

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Department of Enrollment does not process genealogy requests or offer genealogy services to the public. However, there are innumerable resources available for researching and tracing your genealogy or completing your family tree.

https://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/free-us-indian-census-rolls.htm

http://www.okhistory.org/research/genealogy

https://www.findagrave.com/

Start your genealogical research with yourself. Individuals should find all the information they can about their parents, grandparents, and more distant ancestors and write such information down. The most important information is vital statistics, including ancestral names, dates of birth, marriages (or divorces) and death, the places where ancestors were born, lived, married, and died. During such research, the goal, especially for tribal membership purposes, is to establish and document the relationships of Indian ancestors and to identify the Indian tribe with which their ancestor may have been affiliated.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs does not keep individual Indian records on file nor maintain a national registry. If an individual is adopted, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe cannot help you with your pursuit with opening sealed adoption papers. You will need to obtain legal advice form a lawyer that deals with this area of the law.

After you have completed your genealogical research, documented your ancestry, and determined the tribe with which your ancestor was affiliated, you are ready to contact the tribe directly to obtain the criteria for membership.

Tribal Identification Cards

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, issues tribal identification cards to enrolled Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member’s aged 16 and older. Tribal identification cards show proof that an individual is enrolled with a federally recognized indian tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or community. Minors are required to have their legal guardian(s) or parent(s) that is listed in our database with them, at the time they apply for their tribal identification card.

The first issued tribal identification card is free. Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal members must bring proof of identity for their first tribal identification card. Members may bring in one of the following Ids for proof of identity.

-Non-expired driver’s license with picture

-Non-expired state identification card with picture

If the tribal member does not have a picture ID, they may bring in both the ORIGINAL birth certificate and ORIGINAL social security card together for proof of identity. Copies of either document is not acceptable.

Should your tribal identification card become lost, stolen, or damaged, a new card replacement will cost $7.00.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Members who live out of state will need to mail in the following items for a tribal identification card.

COLORED photo copy of non-expired driver’s license or state identification card with picture

– Signed notarized statement requesting a tribal identification card and where to send the card to.

$7.00 MONEY ORDER

– Write your signature on another sheet of paper 4 times. (leave space between each signature)

– Write down your height, weight, natural hair color, natural eye color and the last four numbers of social security number.

Mail all the above mentioned items to:​​

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
​​​​​​Department of Enrollment
​​​​​​PO Box 134
​​​​​​Concho, OK 73022

Once all the above mentioned items have been received the Enrollment Department will import all of the info onto a tribal identification card and mail the card out to the enrolled Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member.

Tribal members cannot pick up tribal identification cards for anyone else, but themselves.

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