youthHumankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together.  All things connect.

-Chief Seattle

Registering with a Tribe

This guide by the Department of the Interior provides a general overview of questions related to genealogical research and tribal enrollment. It will answer basic questions you may have on these topics.

Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry

Tribal Requirements

Indian tribes are sovereign and set their own rules regarding tribal enrollment and membership. In order to find out what requirements your tribe has, contact the tribe’s main office or tribal enrollment office. Tribal office contact information can be found at the “Directories” section of the National Indian Law Library web site (

In addition, enrollment or membership requirements often can be found in tribal constitutions or tribal codes. The National Indian Law Library catalog has a large collection of tribal codes and constitutions (

Please see the National Indian Law Library for more information and resources.

 Finding your Ancestry

3 smart ways to trace your native ancestry

Northwest Community Links

American Indian Women’s Service League
Founded in 1958 in Seattle, the American Indian Women’s Service League (AIWSL) was the first organization in Seattle dedicated towards tackling the problems of urban Indians.

Chief Seattle Club
Seattle’s Sacred Space for Homeless and At-Risk American Indian and Alaska Native People.

CIRI Corporation
The mission of CIRI is to promote the economic and social well-being and Alaska Native heritage of shareholders and their families.

Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs
The Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, recognizing the importance of sovereignty, affirms the government-to-government relationship and principles identified in the Centennial Accord to promote and enhance tribal self-sufficiency and serves to assist the state in developing policies consistent with those principles.

Huchoosedah Indian Education Program
A federally funded program that assists Native American, Alaskan Naive and American Indian students in Seattle Public Schools grades K-12.

Longhouse Media
The mission of Longhouse Media is to catalyze Indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change.

Northwest Folklife
Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for individuals and communities of the Pacific Northwest to celebrate, share and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts for present and future generations.

Northwest Native Basketweavers Association
Weaving the traditions and culture from the past with the present.

Potlach Fund
A grantmaking foundation and leadership development organization serving Wasington, Idaho, Oregon and Western Montana

Red Eagle Soaring
Red Eagle Soaring’s mission is to empower American Indian and Alaska Native youth through contemporary and traditional performing arts.

Sealaska Corporation
A corporation united by the collective vision of more than 17,300 Alaska Native Shareholders, primarily of the Tlingt, Haida and Tsimsian people.

Seattle Indian Health Board
The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a non-profit, multiservice community health center chartered in 1970 to serve the healthcare needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in the greater Seattle/King County region of western Washington State.

Tillicum Village at Blake Island
Experience the Northwest’s tribal culture at Tillicum Village with their famous Native American Salmon Bake and Performance. Cruise to historic Blake Island — legendary birthplace of Chief Seattle.

Urban Native Education Alliance:

Na’ah Ilahee Fund:

Urban Indian Health Institute:

Indigenous Wellness Research Institute:

Salmon Defense:

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation:

 US and Global Links

Center for World Indigenous Studies
An independent, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to wider understanding and appreciation of the ideas and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and the social, economic and political realities of indigenous nations.

National Native News
An informative five-minute, weekday radio program that covers social, economic and cultural issues and assists radio listeners in understanding the interconnectedness between Native people and their non-Native neighbors. You can listen to episodes online!

National Urban Indian Family Coalition
A national network of ubran Indian organizations that strengthen Urban Native families by reinforcing cultural identity and respectfully working in harmony with Tribal Governments and other institutations to bring positive change, increase access and provide a strong voice.

Indian Country News
A monthly publication providing information on all of Indian Country to all of the world.

National Indian Welfare Association:

National Congress of American Indians:

White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education:

Native Americans in Philanthropy:

First Nations Development Institute:

Native Americans Rights Fund:

American Indian College Fund:

First Peoples Fund:

 Arts and Culture

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center Evergreen State College

Promotes indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development.

Center for Traditional Medicine

The Center for Traditional Medicine promotes the cross cultural healing arts and sciences and advances social change to benefit individual and community health through activist scholarship research and practice.

Circle of Stories

Utilizing documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native Americans.

Ecological Footprints

Ever wondered how much “nature” your lifestyle requires? You are about to find out.

Health Alternatives

Culture-specific prevention, treatment and wellness maintenance for chronic pain and substance abuse

Andrew Morrison

Morrison’s artistic creations explore culture and hope.  “I love creating art with my entire soul,” he says.

Painted Sky

Builds awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and eucation

Seattle Art Museum

SAM features numerous events related to the Native American community of the Northwest.

Tulalip’s Hibulb Cultural Center:

Squaxin Island Museum:

Suquamish Museum:


Native Appropriations:

Last Real Indians:

The 1491s:

N8v Couture:

Jamestown s’Klallam:

Eighth Generation:


Beyond Buckskin:

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