Delaware Tribe Enrollment
The Delaware Tribe’s official website was established several years ago, one purpose being to respond to the numerous e-mail inquiries about genealogy and tribal membership. Some are from people in the eastern part of the United States in the old Lenape (Delaware Indian) homeland. Often the messages will say, “I was told by my grandparents that our family has Lenape blood and we always lived in the East. Would you look them up and see if I am part Lenape?”
We wish there was a master roll of everyone who has any degree of Lenape blood and their ancestors, but there is not. Our rolls only go back in time to 1862 when our own ancestors, on their forced exodus from the East, were living in Kansas.
In order to be enrolled on our tribal roll, your ancestor(s) by blood must have been living in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1906, and enrolled on our official tribal base roll which was made at that time. This is a requirement set forth by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and follows THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, PART 83 — PROCEDURES FOR ESTABLISHING THAT AN AMERICAN INDIAN GROUP EXISTS AS AN INDIAN TRIBE.
We are sorry that we cannot be of help to many of you who think you might have Lenape blood, but there are no sources of which we are aware to look for your ancestors’ names. We can only suggest you do regular genealogical research through the libraries and Federal Census records. Good luck on your quest.
To tribal members descended from ancestors on our 1906 Roll, if you have not yet enrolled, follow the “How to Enroll” procedures above. You will need birth or death certificates that link you with your ancestor on the 1906 Delaware Roll.