How do I contact the Cherokee tribe?

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A call center (1-833-528-0063) has been established for tribal citizens who have questions about COVID-19. It is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. If tribal citizens have symptoms like cough, fever or respiratory problems, they should contact their Cherokee Nation Health center first, before entering.

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Also asked, how do I contact the Cherokee Nation?

Tribal Registration

  1. 918-458-6980.
  2. [email protected]
  3. 17675 S. Muskogee Ave.

Beside above, where is the Cherokee tribe located today? Today there are three federally recognized Cherokee tribes: the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (UKB) in Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation (CN) in Oklahoma.

Similarly one may ask, how do I enroll in the Cherokee tribe?

Contact the tribal offices in Tahlequah, Oklahoma at the address listed below. Ask them for a "Certified Degree of Indian Blood" (CDIB) application and a tribal membership application. You will first need to have the Bureau of Indian Affairs determine the amount of Cherokee blood you have (1/4, 3/8, etc.).

How much Cherokee Do you have to be to get benefits?

So, that is about $10,000 per year. That's just over 800 bucks per month. However, this is only given out to adult tribal members. So, basically, you just need to make sure you are born to a Cherokee tribal member parent (or, parents plural) and you meet the minimum blood quantum requirement.

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What is CDIB card Cherokee?

A CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) is a card issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. This card certifies your degree of Indian blood based on the blood quantum listed for your ancestor on the Dawes Roll. Once you have these records, you are a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

What race is Cherokee?

Cherokee, North American Indians of Iroquoian lineage who constituted one of the largest politically integrated tribes at the time of European colonization of the Americas. Their name is derived from a Creek word meaning “people of different speech”; many prefer to be known as Keetoowah or Tsalagi.

What is a CDIB card?

A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (both abbreviated CDIB) is an official U.S. document that certifies an individual possesses a specific degree of Native American blood of a federally recognized Indian tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or community.

What benefits do you get for being Cherokee?

Cherokee Nation program requirements vary and some services will require proof of income and/or residence. The range of direct services includes, vehicle registration, health care, educational assistance, housing programs, social services, child care, food subsidies, property services and career assistance.

What does Tahlequah mean in Cherokee?


The idea that 'tahlequah' means 'plains' lends weight to the belief that the name refers to the wide open grassy areas of Great Tellico. Local legend states the name is derived from Cherokee words 'ta-li' and 'ye-li-quu' meaning 'just two' or 'two is enough'.

How do I find my Cherokee ancestry?

The Cherokee Heritage Center has a genealogist available to assist in researching Cherokee ancestry for a fee. Call 918-456-6007 visit www.cherokeeheritage.org. If you need further genealogy assistance at other times, the Muskogee Public Library, 801 West Okmulgee in Muskogee, Okla., may be able to help.

How do I know if I qualify for Native American benefits?

To determine if you are eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe, contact the tribe, or tribes, you claim ancestry from. It is the individual tribes who set tribal enrollment requirements.

Can I get money for being Cherokee Indian?

The Eastern Band of Cherokee isn't the only group whose members get unconditional cash: The Alaska Permanent Fund has been giving $1,000 to $2,000 a year to its citizens for decades, and other Native American tribes have also divided up casino revenues.

How do I get a certificate of Indian blood?

How do I get a Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB)? A CIB can often be obtained from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regional or agency office that covers the area where your tribe is located. If you do not know specifically which tribe, then try contacting the BIA closest to where your ancestors were born or lived.

How old is the Cherokee tribe?


About 200 years ago the Cherokee Indians were one tribe, or "Indian Nation" that lived in the southeast part of what is now the United States.

How do you find out how much Cherokee Indian you are?

How can I find out how much Indian/Cherokee I am? Each person listed on the Dawes Rolls of Cherokees by Blood was assigned a blood quantum fraction to express their amount of Cherokee ancestry. Blood quantums begin at 4/4 and divide in half with each successive generation.

How do I join the Eastern Band of Cherokee?

Enrollment in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is governed by Cherokee Code, Chapter 49, Enrollment, and restricts enrollment to the following:
  1. A direct lineal ancestor must appear on the 1924 Baker Roll of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
  2. You must possess at least 1/16 degree of Eastern Cherokee blood.

How do I apply for tribal citizenship?

How do I apply for enrollment in a tribe? 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.

What did the Cherokee nation do?

As the governing body of the Cherokee people, the Cherokee Nation has the right to structure its own government and constitution; make and enforce its own laws; regulate business, land, environment, and wildlife; and impose taxes within the Cherokee Nation's jurisdiction.

Is the Cherokee Nation an independent country?


"That, from time immemorial, the Cherokee Nation have composed a sovereign and independent State, and in this character have been repeatedly recognized, and still stand recognized by the United States, in the various treaties subsisting between their nation and the United States."

When was the Cherokee Indian reservation established?

Their descendants reorganized in the 20th century and gained federal recognition as a tribe known as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (named in reference to the majority of the tribe who moved west to Indian Territory in 1839.)

How do I get a CDIB card in Oklahoma?

To apply for a CDIB card, a person must first prove they are a direct descendant of someone on the 1906 Dawes Rolls. The Oklahoma Historical Society's website has one helpful tool to let people research their ancestors.