Are you Indian Blood?
There is White Man law and there is Indian Man law. Each has their own recording keeping on who is who.
White Man says that the male is dominate and this is how you will be known as a White Man. The color of the father, the color of the child. White Man considers that you are no longer Indian past 1/64 blood from a full blooded 100% Indian ancestor.
Indian Man says that female is dominate and this is how you will be known as an Indian. The color of the mother, the color of the child. Indian mothers say once an Indian always an Indian. 100% blood is 100% blood if you are born or have an ancestor who was Indian regardless of the percentage and how long ago your ancestor lived.
Know you know why there is such confusion and to add to the confusion, there are many Indian tribes, and more information on each tribe can be found at the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) online. Tribes do differ in what they consider is blood Indian. Reference the BIA for more details on each tribe.
Example: Cherokee is one of the largest of the Indian tribes in the United States. The Cherokee’s blood or blood quantum (blood percentage) restrictions are as follows:
“In addition, many Indian tribes include their own quantum restrictions for citizenship. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians requires that you be 1/16 or higher to join, and the United Keetoowah Band requires a blood quantum of 1/4 or higher. The Cherokee Nation, on the other hand, has no quantum restrictions. The majority of the Cherokee Nation has 1/4 or less Indian blood.” All things Cherokee http://www.allthingscherokee.com/blood-quantum/
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“In this day and age, however, quantum is heavily relied upon for determining eligibility for tribal recognition. In order to become a registered citizen of any federally recognized Cherokee tribe you must first get a CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood). This CDIB is issued by the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) and simply states that the United States government certifies that you have a specified degree of Indian blood and are eligible to be a member of a given federally recognized tribe. Once you have a CDIB you can become a recognized citizen of that tribe.” All things Cherokee http://www.allthingscherokee.com/blood-quantum/
Applying and obtaining a CDIB will make you an official Cherokee Indian under White Man’s and Indian Man’s laws.
All things Cherokee http://www.allthingscherokee.com/blood-quantum/
US Dept. of Indian Affairs. http://www.bia.gov/
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