The path to obtaining Chickasaw citizenship begins with the Dawes Rolls.
Applications for the Dawes Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes were accepted from 1898-1907, which created a list of Indians by blood in the Indian Territory during this time.
A few additional people were accepted by an Act of Congress in 1914.
To be eligible for a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood and citizenship in one of these tribes, including Chickasaw, an individual must establish he or she is a lineal descendant of an original enrollee.
Connection to a Chickasaw ancestor on the Dawes Rolls is essential for Chickasaw citizenship.
The Genealogy Archive Center at the Holisso Research Center on the campus of the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, can provide a wealth of information and assistance when seeking Indian ancestors.
Once the application is received in the CDIB office, researchers verify the applicant's connection to enrolled ancestors on the Dawes Commission Rolls.
Applicants must have a valid CDIB to obtain a citizenship card.