The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Enrollment Department provides the following services:
– Enrollment application processing for tribal membership with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
– Issue Tribal Identification Cards
– Paper CDIBs (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood)
– CDIB II (descendancy letters)
– Issue employee badges
– Change of Address Forms for tribal members
– BIA-4432 Forms (Verification of Indian Preference for Employment )
– Free Notary Service
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:
- 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.
- Each person of ¼, or more, a 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.
- Each person of ¼, or more, a 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.
- Each person of ¼, or more, a 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.
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 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.
The process of Enrollment Membership Applications
Enrollment membership applications with all required documentation attached are processed in the order they are received. Each application goes through an extensive research process to ensure that each applicant’s blood quantum is calculated correctly. Because of the extensive research required for each application, the time required to process and complete an 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 render the final decision for membership with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes based on a review of all applications, supporting documentation, and 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.
To begin your own genealogical research, find all the information you can about your parents, grandparents, and more distant ancestors and write that information down. The most important information is vital statistics, including ancestral names, dates of birth, marriages (or divorces) and death, as well as the places where ancestors were born, lived, married, and died. During your research, the goal, especially for tribal membership purposes, is to establish and document the relationships of your 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 do they maintain a national registry. If you are adopted, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe can not assist in your pursuit by opening sealed adoption papers. For additional assistance, you will need to obtain legal advice from 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 issue tribal identification cards to enrolled Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Members 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 the legal guardian(s) or parent(s) that is(are) 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 forms of identification for proof of identity.
-Non-expired driver’s license with photo
-Non-expired state identification card with photo
If the tribal member does not have a photo ID, they may bring both the ORIGINAL birth certificate and ORIGINAL social security card together for proof of identity. Copies of either document are not acceptable.
Should your tribal identification card become lost, stolen, or damaged, a replacement card will cost $10.00.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Members who live out of state will need to mail in the following items for a tribal identification card.
–COLOR photocopy of a non-expired driver’s license or state identification card with photo
– A signed and notarized statement requesting a tribal identification card and mailing address for the card
– $10.00 MONEY ORDER
– A sheet of paper with your signature written four (4) times. (leave space between each signature)
– A sheet of paper listing your height, weight, natural hair color, natural eye color and the last four numbers of your 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 information onto a tribal identification card and mail the card to the enrolled Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Member.
Note: Tribal members cannot pick up tribal identification cards for anyone else but themselves.