I have some Cherokee ancestry, so some years ago I got interested in how you go about claiming citizenship in the Cherokee nation. I looked it up online and discovered the following:
In the first decade of the twentieth century, the Cherokee tribe compiled two census rolls of the Cherokee tribe. It seems that, to claim membership in the Cherokee nation, you have to be able to prove that you are a direct descendent of someone on one of those two rolls. Well, okay, it’s probably not quite as simple as that, but recently it occurred to me that this is the sum total of all I know about claiming membership or citizenship in a tribe, either American Indian or African.
So lately I’ve been wondering. What are the standards for the others?
How would you go about claiming membership in the Apache? The Souix? The Hopi? The Creek? Or any of the dozens of others?
For that matter, there are millions of Americans of African descent. Could any of them qualify for membership or citizenship in African tribes? What would they have to do to qualify? For that matter, have any Americans successfully claimed membership in an African tribe? What would he have to do to be recognized as a Zulu or a Yoruba?
I don’t seriously expect that I’ll get detailed information on how to join every tribe that ever existed, but it would be nice to know just how these things are done.