Jamie Oxendine of www.powwows.com wrote a great article about Cherokee tribal members, requirements for membership today with quite a bit of history thrown in for good measure.
He includes the guidelines for membership in each of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.
Each tribe, as do all tribes, has their own enrollment and/or membership requirements. The Oklahoma tribe uses the final Dawes Roll of 1906, the Eastern Band the 1924 Baker Roll and the Keetoowah Band, the Base Roll of 1949.
Jamie then goes on to discuss the various Rolls, challenges in terms of proving citizenship and membership and discusses what it really means to “be Cherokee.”
Jamie did a great job documenting this topic and I see no reason to recreate the wheel, so enjoy.
Hat tip to Don for pointing out this article.