Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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How to prove my connection Stribling

TJ Wilson TJ Wilson

posted on December 6, 2011


I grew up being told that my family, on both sides, were Cherokee. In an attempt to document this, I found out, at least on my fathers side, that we are actually Choctaw.

I still believe there is a Cherokee connection on my mothers side, as my families migration mirrored that of one of the routes of the Trail of Tears and a large number of my ancestors are buried in a cemetery a long side Peter Hildebrand, who lead one of the Cherokee parties who removed under their own supervision.

However, back to the Choctaw. John B Stribling, my 1st cousin 4x removed, is listed below as being 1/4 Choctaw. His father, listed below as John F Tribling, and my Great Great Great Grandmother were siblings.

I would like to apply for membership in the Choctaw Nation and for a CDIB card. What steps should I take and what documentation do I need in order to prove my relation?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

T.J. Wilson
Dawes Card Information

MCR = Mississippi Choctaw Registrant

tribe last first middle age sex blood card roll misc type

Choctaw Stribling John W 6 M 1/8 MCR591 MCR
Choctaw Stribling Opel 9 F 1/8 MCR591 MCR
Choctaw Stribling Mary Ellen 11 F 1/8 MCR591 MCR
Choctaw Stribling Bessie E 14 F 1/8 MCR591 MCR
Choctaw Stribling Vergie V 17 F 1/8 MCR591 MCR
Choctaw Stribling Emily C 38 F IW MCR591 MCR
Choctaw Stribling John B 40 M 1/4 MCR591 MCR
Choctaw Tribling John F 0 M MCR591 P
Choctaw Tribling Lucinda 0 F MCR591 P
Choctaw Yautis Angelitis 0 F MCR591 P
Choctaw Yautis William 0 M MCR591 P

TJ Wilson TJ Wilson

posted on December 6, 2011

Well, after reading the CDIB/Tribal enrollment FAQ, on this website, I have hit another road block. Apparently, MCR does not stand for Mississippi Choctaw Registrant as I had found in my research but, rather, Mississippi Choctaw Removed/Rejected.

As inaccurate as the Dawes Rolls are, it amazes me that they are the end all be all of proving Native American ancestory. Heck, according to the Dawes Rolls, my wifes Grandmother is 125% Delaware… lol

Not sure where to go from here.

TJ Wilson TJ Wilson

posted on December 6, 2011 and updated on December 6, 2011

Double posted.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on December 6, 2011

in my opinion, you should look at the enrollment application, census card and testimony. this post will tell you how to do that. these documents will tell you more about your heritage, but it won’t help you if your goal is to be enrolled in the choctaw tribe of oklahoma. some people were classed as mississippi choctaw if the family had a native heritage but didn’t qualify for enrollment in the tribe.

there are 63 tribes in oklahoma but only the five major tribes are on the dawes roll. look at your family’s location around 1900-1930 time period (census will help you there) and see if there was a tribe located nearby. it is possible that your relatives were affiliated with another tribe.

if they were mississippi choctaw, there is probably a land grant in MS/AL to a head of household called choctaw scrip land. this was given in lieu of tribal enrollment 1830-1880 time period. has a database of the MS and AL choctaw scrip land records, called mississippi or alabama land records. there are other land records in those databases too,, so you have to look at the authority/source cited. NARA has those land record packages.

the mississippi choctaw was not removed from oklahoma. but they were largely rejected for tribal enrollment.

this website might help you in your search. some people are trying to transcribe applications.
i do not know what they are trying to transcribe, but this is the volunteer page

and this might be of interest to you:
Rights of Mississippi Choctaws in the Choctaw Nation
Index to the Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory
the dawes roll is composed of applications to the five major tribes in oklahoma.

and you can read this book online. your relatives’ testimony might be in the book.
see the menu at left. you can download it.

i am not sure what your “roadblock” is, because i don’t know what you are trying to resolve.

i don’t think that the dawes roll was inaccurate, so i don’t understand this statement. there are name misspellings but this might be a transcription problem also. parents are reported as 0 age because they were not in the enrollment application. i am not sure what the 125% delaware reference means. maybe you are talking about 12.5% delaware, which is 1/8th delaware.

there were some mississippi choctaw allowed to enroll by council action early in the process. i don’t know whether this happened to your family, but you can check the oklahoma historical society website to see if your relatives were given an enrollment #.

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 agency for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have submitted 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, names of family members. the census records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public information in 2012.

social security application for a deceased person:

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.

history of the dawes roll
wikipedia entries are sometimes opinionated; entered by volunteers.

helpful information about tribal enrollment

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.

oklahoma historical society dawes search page
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.
you can order the dawes packet from the oklahoma historical society website.

if you find a relative listed on the dawes roll, fold3 may have filmed the record and could be available online.
this website is a subscription website but a month’s subscription is less than the price of a dawes packet.
other resources are NARA
oklahoma newspaper and archives search. some of these resources may be available through interlibrary loan/public library.

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

NARA federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from

freedmen info:
You can ONLY apply for Choctaw Nation Membership, AFTER you have obtained a CDIB card proving your Choctaw Blood lineage to a direct ancestor who actually enrolled, BY BLOOD. Freedmen DID NOT enroll By Blood. When US Congress closed the Final Dawes Commission Rolls, there were no provisions granting Freedmen any benefits after the Dawes Commission closed. The tribe Constitution states BY BLOOD. however, the documents (application, census card and testimony) may help you find out more about your heritage.

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:

chickasaw historical society
Historic Preservation and Repatriation Office
Phone: (580) 272-5325
Fax: (580) 272-5327
2020 E. Arlington, Suite 4, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw tribe
Chickasaw Nation Headquarters
520 East Arlington, Ada, OK 74820
Phone (580) 436-2603
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821

chickasaw genealogy archive center Tribal Library
Phone: (580) 310-6477
Fax: (580) 559-0773
1003 Chamber Loop, Ada, OK 74820
send mail to: P.O. Box 1548, Ada, OK 74821
oklahoma historical society
other historical societies:
some oklahoma genealogical societies:

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.

this page can help you set up a targeted google search.

these searches will combine several possible search terms and give you the best matches.

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