Tribal Enrollment

Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry (U.S. Dept. of Interior) This guide provides a general overview of questions related to genealogical research and tribal enrollment. It will answer basic questions you may have on these topics.

Tribal Requirements

Indian tribes are sovereign and set their own rules regarding tribal enrollment and membership. In order to find out what requirements your tribe has, contact the tribe's main office or tribal enrollment office.

In addition, enrollment or membership requirements often can be found in tribal constitutions or tribal codes. Visit the NILL Tribal Law Gateway to review our collection of tribal codes and constitutions.

Note: In the library catalog's search screen, you can search for codes and constitutions by typing part of the tribe's name in the "Title or Title Words" field, or "Indian Tribe" field, and selecting "Tribal Codes" or "Tribal Constitutions" in the "Document Type" field.

For a general article on tribal enrollment and membership, follow this link:

Since most tribes have blood quantum and/or lineage requirements, you may need to trace your Indian roots by doing some genealogy research.

General Resources

Enrollment in a Federally Recognized Tribe (U.S. Dept. of the Interior)
This web page from the U.S. Department of the Interior web site provides a brief description of the tribal enrollment process. See the department's main "Indian Ancestry" web page at

Enrollment Procedures and Recourse (Univ. of Oklahoma Law Library)
This article, one of several publications provided by Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, was written by Gregg L. Lewis, University of Oklahoma, Native American Studies student.

What is the Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood?
This web page, provided by the State of Oklahoma, provides a short description of CDIB as well as a links to useful resources.

BIA Instructions to the Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaska Native Blood

Research and Reports

Wilder Research Study, Projected Population Numbers for Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Based on Varied Enrollment Criteria (at Turtle Talk website)


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