Hello charlie18, thank you for your question and subsequent.
The answer is maybe, but you will have to find out which particular
band of Cherokee your great great grandmother belonged to and then
prove it with documentary evidence.
"The Eastern Band of the Cherokees requires that you be 1/16 or higher
to join, and the Keetowah band requires a blood quantum of 1/4 or
higher. The Cherokee Nation, on the other hand, has no quantum
restrictions. The majority of the Cherokee Nation has 1/4 or less
"The Bureau of Indian Affairs has used a "blood quantum"
definitiongenerally, one-fourth degree of American Indian
"blood"and/or tribal membership to recognize a person as an American
Indian. However, each tribe has a particular set of requirements,
typically including a blood quantum, for membership (enrollment) in
the tribe. Requirements vary widely from tribe to tribe: a few tribes
require at least a one-half Indian (or tribal) blood quantum; many
others require a one-fourth blood quantum; still others, generally in
California and Oklahoma, require a one-eighth, one-sixteenth, or
one-thirty-second blood quantum; and some tribes have no minimum blood
quantum requirement at all but require an explicitly documented tribal
"To be eligible for Tribal Membership with the Cherokee Nation, you
must apply and be able to present a Certificate of Degree of Indian
Blood (CDIB), issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs."
"Many descendents of Cherokee Indians can neither be certified nor
qualify for tribal membership in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
because their ancestors were not enrolled during the final enrollment.
Unfortunately, these ancestor did not meet the requirements for the
final enrollment. The requirements at that time were (1) applying
between 1899-1906, (2) appearing on previous tribal rolls of 1880 or
1896, and (3) having a permanent residence within the Cherokee Nation
(now the 14 northeastern counties of Oklahoma). If the ancestors had
seperated from the Tribe and settled in states such as Arkansas,
Kansas, Missouri, and Texas, they lost their citizenship within the
Cherokee Nation. Only enrolled members of the Cherokee Nation named on
the Final Rolls and/or their descendents are furnished Certificates of
Degree of Indian Blood and/or Tribal Membership."
And you can download the application form on this page: (Top right in
"Found A Roll Number! Now What???"
"A Guide to Cherokee Research"
Thank you for your question and if you have any questions regarding my
answer, do not hesitate to ask for a clarification.
Very best regards
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"Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood " "great great" cherokee