Collinsville, Oklahoma
April 18, 2012
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Cherokee Nation Offers Citizenship Assistance in Rogers County

Native News Network -- 04/14/2012

TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA – Over the next few months the Cherokee Nation is offering assistance with applications for Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood cards and Cherokee Nation citizenship in Rogers County. Help with registration will be available on Wednesday, April 25, Wednesday, May 23, and Wednesday, June 27, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Claremore Indian Hospital on Will Rogers Boulevard.

Cherokee Nation Registration

The main Cherokee Nation Registration Department office is in the WW Keeler Complex south of Tahlequah, 17675 S.Muskogee Avenue, and is open from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The Cherokee Nation does not charge a fee to apply for tribal citizenship.

In order to obtain a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card, applicants must formally apply and provide acceptable legal documents that connect them to an ancestor who is listed with a roll number and a blood degree from the final rolls of citizens of the Cherokee Nation, commonly called the Dawes Final Rolls. These rolls were compiled between the years 1899-1906. Quantum of Indian blood is computed from the nearest paternal and/or maternal direct ancestor(s) of Indian blood listed on the Final Rolls.

Many descendants of Cherokee Indians can neither be certified nor qualify for tribal citizenship in the Cherokee Nation because their ancestors were not enrolled during the final enrollment. Unfortunately, these ancestors did not meet the requirements for the final enrollment. The requirements at that time were:

1.applying between 1899-1906,

2.appearing on previous tribal rolls of 1880 or 1896 and

3.having a permanent residence within the Cherokee Nation (now the 14 northeastern counties of Oklahoma).

If the ancestors had separated from the Cherokee Nation and settled in states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri or Texas during that period, they lost their citizenship with the Cherokee Nation.

Only enrolled citizens of the Cherokee Nation named on the Final Rolls and/or their descendants are eligible for Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood and tribal citizenship.

-- Cara Cowan Watts (4/17/2012)
Senate Review by Sen. Rick Brinkley

I was pleased to see the Governor recently sign into law an important bill for Oklahoma veterans. Senate Bill 1210 creates the Oklahoma Medical Foster Home Act providing non-institutional community-based care for aging and/or chronically/terminally-ill veterans who are unable to live independently and do not have a caregiver who is able to manage their medical or emotional needs.

Many of our veterans return from conflicts with debilitating injuries and extraordinary emotional trauma. Nursing homes are often not equipped to deal with such patients. Medical Foster Homes like this offer a better environment for disabled veterans who deserve our care and gratitude.

The Senate this past week approved a concurrent resolution commending local, state and federal law enforcement agencies for their efforts in the wake of a series of shootings this past weekend in north Tulsa that left three people dead and two injured.

As you all know, this is a tremendous tragedy, but I am grateful for the efforts of the agencies that came together to quickly apprehend the suspects. The Tulsa Police Department worked in conjunction with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Marshalls on the case. All are to be commended for their efforts.

A House panel last week approved Senate Bill 1634, my proposal to combat meth manufacturers without burdening consumers. This brings the bill one step closer to the desk of the Governor. I’m grateful for the support of my colleagues as we continue to fight meth addiction in Oklahoma.

Please feel free to contact me at the state Capitol by calling (405) 521-5566 or by email at


Oklahoma State Senate
Senator Rick Brinkley
Vice Chair, Finance --
Senate District 34
State Capitol: (405) 521-5566
Docents for Key Ingredients
The Smithsonian is coming to Collinsville Library, June 16- August 3. We need docents for Key Ingredients: America By Food... you will be trained, meet all types of people, be inside where it is cool and be thoroughly thanked by all the Collinsville Staff! Work the hours you want to work... we let you set your schedule. Let me know if you are interested.
New Band Booster Officers (for 2012-13)

Connie Collis-Secretary/Public Relations,
James Collis-President,
Nikki Glaus-Volunteer Co-ordinator,
Kevin Vandalia-Vice President,
Charity Vandalia-Treasure.