Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

My birth right.

Pisa Chihowa Pisa Chihowa

posted on January 17, 2011

My mother is 100% Choctaw. With my birth right what all do I receive from my people when I become a citizen of the Choctaw Nation? My Great grandfather was in the rolls but never received his land. I am now a man and I fell i belong with my people. With i be well taken care of within the Choctaw nation? When and if I receive my ancestors lands or mine, do they come with mineral rights also? My great grandfathers roll number is 15657 and it is on page 54 in the rolls. My great grandmother didn’t register but she too was 100% Choctaw.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on January 17, 2011

you must be directly related to an original enrollee of the tribe.

Dawes Card Information

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type
Choctaw Mitchell Emily 0 F 238 P
Choctaw Mitchell William 0 M 238 P
Choctaw Mitchell Willie 2 M 1/16 238 15657 DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Mitchell Allen Yates 3 M 1/16 238 15656 DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Mitchell Enna 4 F 1/16 238 15655 DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Mitchell Mattie S 28 F IW 238 IW1519 DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Mitchell J Allen 36 M 1/8 238 15654 DURWOOD BB
Choctaw Scruggs Allie 0 F 238 P
Choctaw Scruggs Dave 0 M 238 P
iw=intermarried white, a general nontribal affiliation.
this is the family group, card 238
bb=by blood

if your great grandmother didn’t register, she was not an original enrollee. you should check about this with the tribe, as she may have enrolled or maybe her parents enrolled.

you should download the tribal applications and fill them out and submit them to the tribe.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.
CDIB & Tribal Membership Applications

Brenda Hampton, Executive Director
(800) 522-6170

If you do not have a printer and need the applications mailed to you please let us know by emailing or by calling (800) 522-6170.

CDIB Application Download PDF File
Tribal Membership Application Download PDF File
Duplicate CDIB Application Download PDF File
Relinquishment Application Download PDF File

You must mail in the original relinquishment application before the paperwork process can begin.

Indian Preference Application Download PDF File
CDIB & Tribal Membership Program

Brenda Hampton, Executive Director
(580) 924-8280

If you do not have a printer and need the applications mailed to you please let us know by emailing or by calling (800) 522-6170.

so go to that page and download the applications or call and they will send them.

i do not know the situation with the land, as i am not a tribal member.

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname, you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate, your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted a delayed birth certificate. death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary, newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times. the census records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public information in 2012.

first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu of tribal enrollment.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.

2 ways to search:
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are especially useful.
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other oklahoma records listed at left.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

other choctaw tribes:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will improve some of these categories.

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they don’t have the book, you can get the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but many times you can find a record not found in other places. you want to see also about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births, marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter

good advice about native research:

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a different tribe, try searching google for the state and tribes. you might find a contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized tribe.

i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, and request the choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto

Jeffrey Jeffrey

posted on August 3, 2011

You will be taken care of in the Choctaw Nation. However, more than likely if you are not currently the owner of your famalies land, you will not be granted permission to take it or buy it. It will be up to the current owner of the land to sell it to you at fair market value. You can go through the abstract office in that county to find out more information on the mineral rights. Just because you’re family owned it at one time, it may not be in their ownership or care anymore.