This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.
The American Indian Education KnowledgeBase is an online resource to aid education professionals in their efforts to improve the education of American Indian students and close the achievement gap American Indian students have faced in public, Bureau of Indian Education, and other schools.
Task 2: Understand Eligibility for Tribal Citizenship
Guideline: According to the U.S. Government's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), no single federal or tribal criterion establishes a person's identity as an American Indian. Enrollment criteria vary, and are determined by the tribe from which Indian blood may be derived. Generally, if linkage to an identified tribal member is far removed, one would not qualify for citizenship.
To be eligible for BIA services, an American Indian must be:
- A member of a tribe recognized by the federal government,
- of one-half or more American Indian blood of tribes indigenous to the United States; or
- for some purposes, be of one-fourth or more American Indian ancestry.