Enrollment into a federal or state does not require one to be an Indian.
Enrollment requires one to be a blood relative of someone on a role e.g. Dawes and prove one is a blood relative.
What is autosomal DNA. Autosomal DNA is for family. CMS.
How many CMS are with father/mother, brother/sister to cousins.
All blood relations.
Therefore, if you are a blood relative, via autonomic DNA, you are eligible to seek enrollment with the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama.
Also, if you enroll then all of your relatives and their relatives would be eligible to seek enrollment.
The Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama is one of 9 state recognized tribes in Alabama through the Code of Alabama 41-9-708.
The issue is documentation. The greater relevant documentation the easier the proving the blood relationship.
However, the one verifiable proof is or common autosomal DNA to verify our blood relationship.
Should the family tree have missing areas I will write a cover letter that will connect our blood relationship.
I will include all family members who are enrolled with enrolled numbers.
1. Age 18 and up
2. Both parents with Indian ancestry list children on the mothers application. Cherokee customs require the mother to determine who is Cherokee.
3. Write a paragraph as why you want to enroll and why Alabama
4. Genealogy chart. If unable to fill in then write a letter to explain why.
5. Must have the signatures
6. Adults for children BIRTH certificates
7. Fee to enroll $45.00 non-refundable
8 & 9. Enclose with application a Self Addressed stamped envelope typed or in ink no pencil
10. Must have a copy of birth certificate for each applicant
11. Acceptable documentation for ones Cherokee “Indian” ancestry as follows:
A. Indian rolls etc.
B. Any legal documents
C. Signed and notarized statements to ones Cherokee ancestry
D. Immediate family members and use extended for someone presently on the roll: My self. How we match as DNA relatives. DNA is not to make you an Indian. The DNA we have is to prove we are blood relatives.
E. A supporting letter to fill in the missing information
Any questions call Mr. Bates, Councilman-At-Large, at 256-778-7887
Tell Mr. Bates we are relatives. You want to enroll. He will provide you all the additional information you are required to have to enroll.
Send me, Joel K. Harris, Sr., enrolled number 0241, an email at email@example.com to explain how we are are matched, related by DNA.
Enrollment does not require one be an Indian to enroll with the Cherokee Nation, other tribes, both federal and state recognized, as the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama.
The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma does not require a Degree of Indian Blood, DIB. Why? The members do not meet the DIB level. They are not Indian, but descendants of ancestors who were Cherokee.
DNA cannot determine who is an Indian. Why? No original Indians DNA is available to measure/match per tribe.
DNA can be used for family blood relationship.
Autosomal DNA augments missing paper connections e.g. birth certificates etc..
African family members can enroll a well because they are blood reatives.