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
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 (http://www.narf.org/nill/triballaw/directories.htm).
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 (http://www.narf.org/nill/catalog/catalog.htm).
Please see the National Indian Law Library for more information and resources.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: http://urbannativeeducation.org/resources/unea-initiatives/
Na’ah Ilahee Fund: http://www.tierramadrefund.org/contact-us.html
Urban Indian Health Institute: http://www.uihi.org
Indigenous Wellness Research Institute: http://iwri.org
Salmon Defense: http://salmondefense.org
Native Arts & Cultures Foundation: http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org
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: http://www.nicwa.org
National Congress of American Indians: http://www.ncai.org
White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education: http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/whiaiane/
Native Americans in Philanthropy: http://www.nativephilanthropy.org
First Nations Development Institute: http://www.firstnations.org
Native Americans Rights Fund: http://www.narf.org
American Indian College Fund: http://www.collegefund.org
First Peoples Fund: http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org
Arts and Culture
Promotes indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, creative expression and economic development.
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.
Utilizing documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native Americans.
Ever wondered how much “nature” your lifestyle requires? You are about to find out.
Culture-specific prevention, treatment and wellness maintenance for chronic pain and substance abuse
Morrison’s artistic creations explore culture and hope. “I love creating art with my entire soul,” he says.
Builds awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and eucation
SAM features numerous events related to the Native American community of the Northwest.
Tulalip’s Hibulb Cultural Center: http://www.hibulbculturalcenter.org
Squaxin Island Museum: http://squaxinislandmuseum.org
Suquamish Museum: http://www.suquamishmuseum.org
Native Appropriations: http://nativeappropriations.com
Last Real Indians: http://lastrealindians.com
The 1491s: http://1491s.com
N8v Couture: http://www.n8vcouture.com
Jamestown s’Klallam: http://stores.northwestnativeexpressions.com
Eighth Generation: http://eighthgeneration.com
Beyond Buckskin: http://www.beyondbuckskin.com
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