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Dawes rall shows MCR

Ron Huckabay Ron Huckabay

posted on October 17, 2010 and updated on October 17, 2010

First, I’m sorry about the misspelled topic . What I meant was “Dawes Roll Number Shows MCR”

My wife is going through the process of obtaining a CDIB card. Her ancestor’s roll number has a MCR next to it which I understand means Missippi Choctaw Rejected. Does that preclude her from being enrolled into the Choctaw Nation, and preclude her from obtaining a CDIB card?

My wife’s sister looked into enrollment years ago and was discouraged as she was told enrollment would not be possible with a MCR designation next to her ancestor’s roll number.

Or, does she need to obtain the preceeding ancestor’s information (Parent or parent’s) in order to be sucessful?

Please, any help would be great. Thanks! Ron

Jonathan S. Chilton Jonathan S. Chilton

posted on November 10, 2010

Ron, copy and paste below link to search the Dawes Roll. If a “direct blood parent” is listed use that number and supporting documents needed as detailed in second link. This is for enrollment in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Do not get Dawes Roll numbers and census numbers mixed up.

You may wish to look-up information regarding the Mississippi Choctaw Nation for their enrollment requirements, before giving up. Hope this helps.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on November 10, 2010

some of the mississippi choctaw were “adopted” into the tribe. you should read all the mississippi choctaw links in this post.

most of the mississippi choctaw were not enrolled, however.

but you should get a copy of the heritage informationn that would be in the ancestor’s application and census card. you might be able to get a copy of the testimony too.

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.

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:

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