Chickasaw Citizenship Cards

This department provides citizenship cards and information to Chickasaws who are direct descendants of enrollees on the Dawes Commission Rolls. An applicant must be able to trace his/her heritage through bloodlines to an original enrollee listed on the Dawes Commission Rolls to obtain a CDIB card. Required forms are available through the CDIB office.

You Provide

  • State-issued birth certificate with state registrar signature and state file number
  • Death certificates
  • Copies of court orders
  • Recent color photos for persons 12 years of age or older
  • CDIB card

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Path to obtaining citizenship begins with Dawes Rolls research

The path to obtaining Chickasaw citizenship begins with the Dawes Rolls.

Applications for the Dawes Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes were accepted from 1898-1907, which created a list of Indians by blood in Indian Territory during this time.

A few additional people were accepted by an Act of Congress in 1914.

To be eligible for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood and citizenship in one of these tribes, including Chickasaw, an individual must establish he or she is a lineal descendant of an original enrollee.

Connection to a Chickasaw ancestor on the Dawes Rolls is essential for Chickasaw citizenship.

The Genealogy Archive Center at the Holisso Research Center on the campus of the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, can provide a wealth of information and assistance when seeking Indian ancestors.

The building houses genealogy collections, historic maps, photo archives, historic documents, census records and a complete set of Dawes Commission Rolls of Chickasaw citizens.

Information such as family names, birth and death years, parents’ names, marriage dates and tribal affiliation are needed to aid genealogy staff with the research.

Beside Chickasaw, Dawes rolls for the Choctaw, Mississippi Choctaw, Cherokee, Muscogee Creek and Seminole tribes are also available at the Holisso Center.

Additional historical collections can be studied at the Tribal Library in Ada.

Chickasaw Nation Government Services provides CDIB, Chickasaw citizenship cards and information to Chickasaws who are direct descendants of enrollees on the Dawes Commission Rolls.

Applicants must be able to trace their heritage through bloodlines to an original enrollee listed on the Dawes Commission Rolls to obtain a CDIB and citizenship card.

The application is a family tree chart and must be submitted with birth certificates or death certificates and supporting documents.

Once the application is received in the CDIB office, researchers verify the applicant’s connection to enrolled ancestors on the Dawes Commission Rolls.

CDIB does not establish Chickasaw citizenship. Once applicants receive the CDIB, they are eligible for citizenship in the Chickasaw Nation.

Applicants must have a valid CDIB to obtain a citizenship card.

For more information about genealogy research, call (580) 622-7130 or email genealogy@chickasaw.net

Service Area

Both

This service is available both inside and outside the Chickasaw Nation's boundaries


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Contact Information


Phone:
(580) 436-7250

Fax:
(580) 436-7226

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1548
Ada, Oklahoma 74821

Location

Last Updated: 11/16/2016