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Re: Cherokee Freedmen Citizenship Issues

True, but you can put a pretty good case of Indian blood descent together with enough research...
As for the final rolls being the only criteria...I think that the more flaws that are found with those rolls, the more likely other criteria will be considered, as it is currently with the BIA...that is, currently, the law says if you can prove your Indian blood thru genealogical means, you can be issued a CDIB, but as has been pointed out to me by BIA officials, a CDIB and Tribal membership are not the same least for the Choctaw...this is why I have told them I will settle for a CDIB then, and they are dragging their feet and trying to avoid making a decision on my case....they are once more breaking their own rules about appeals...nothing new there...

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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