18263 W. Keetoowah Circle Tahlequah, OK 74464
Like other federally recognized tribes throughout the United States, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians has its own unique process to determine membership.
Below is a brief FAQ of the most common questions about membership into the UKB. For additional questions, please contact the UKB Enrollment Office Registrar Amanda Stopp at 918-871-2797.
What are the eligibility requirements for membership into the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians?
To be eligible for UKB membership, Cherokees must be able to provide documentation that they are a descendant of an individual listed on the 1949 United Keetoowah Band Base Roll or of an individual listed on the final Dawes Roll. Applicants must be one-fourth Keetoowah Cherokee blood quantum, which is calculated through the blood quantum listed for your ancestor on the aforementioned rolls.
What documents will I need to provide to prove my ancestry?
A Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) showing ancestry and blood quantum in an 8.5 by 11 format is required to verify a membership application. Applicants must also provide the Enrollment Office with a letter or affidavit stating they are not currently enrolled with another tribe, band or nation. If an individual has been affiliated with another tribe but never been a UKB member, they must provide a relinquishment letter from that tribe’s enrollment office in order to be eligible.
The proper paperwork must be submitted to the UKB Registrar Amanda Stopp before the 20th of each month so that she can generate a report for UKB Secretary Joyce Fourkiller. That report will be given to council for approval at the regularly scheduled UKB Tribal Council meeting.
Does the UKB perform or use DNA testing as proof of right to membership?
We do not perform DNA testing to prove blood quantum. In fact, we do not use DNA testing to verify any member's eligibility. DNA testing is ambiguous and is not engineered to pinpoint a tie to a specific tribe, even if a test might show genetic markers for Native American ancestry.
I have several of my ancestors names and am attempting to find out my heritage. Could someone at UKB trace my lineage in a genealogy report?
Unfortunately at this time UKB does not own or operate a genealogy service, as our staff and resources are limited. If you are seeking a genealogy report, we encourage you to use other services including the Cherokee Family Research Center located in the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah.
Individuals who wish to know if specific ancestors are on our rolls or the Dawes Roll can contact our Enrollment Office and they will do their best to assist you. If your ancestor is found, please keep in mind that this does not automatically qualify for enrollment into UKB. Our blood quantum requirement must still be met under all circumstances.
What if I was a former UKB member who relinquished for another tribe, but wish to come back to UKB?
Membership is possible for former UKB members who relinquished for another tribe, but only by filling out the proper paperwork and providing proof of an extreme circumstance. These circumstances can include a denial of services originally promised if a member were to switch to another tribe, such as housing, work or medical care services. This is a one time process if approved.