The Bureau of Indian Affairs does not conduct genealogical research or maintain a database that you can query in order to find information on your ancestor. Indian Affairs provides a Guide to Tracing Your Indian Ancestry, which provides some general information on the process.
Once you’ve determined what tribe you are claiming heritage from contact the tribe, using the Tribal Leaders Directory to locate a phone number and address, to ascertain if you are eligible for enrollment in the tribe. Each tribe establishes their own requirements for enrollment in the tribe. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will issue a Certificate degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) that shows your blood quantum and tribal affiliation.
You will want to contact the BIA agency that provides services to the tribe you’re claiming heritage from in order to obtain the CDIB card, that information can be found in the Tribal Leaders Directory.
- Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry (.pdf) - 77 KB
- Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) Application & Instructions (.pdf) 28 KB
- Tribal Leaders Directory
- The Complete List of Federally Recognized Tribes (Last Updated Jan. 30, 2020)
CHART of the BIA organization: https://www.indianaffairs.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/uploads/bia/bia-org-chart.pdf
WRITE THEM OR CALL:
Office of Indian Services
Division of Human Services
Bureau of Indian Affairs
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
Telephone: (202) 513-7642
Fax: (202) 208-5113
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