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Question: Is it still true that if your a certain percent of Native American that you can get free land!?
I heard that if your at least 1/8th Native American that you are entitled to free land provided by the government as long as you can prove your ancestry!.!.!. well!.!.!. my great grandfather was 100% Indian but of course!.!.!. there were no birth certificates at that time!. Is there any other way to prove my Native American blood!? And is the free land statement still true!?!?Www@QuestionHome@Com

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the government doesn't give native americans ANYTHING!. not land, college, checks, money, houses, not a single thing!. those are all lies spread to make ignorant people hate us because they think we are getting freebies when they have to pay for all these things!.

i'm native and enrolled in my tribe!. i pay property taxes because i live off rez!. i have a mortgage, pay income taxes both federal and state, paid for my own college, and sure as heck don't get any free money thrown at me from the government or anyone else!. i work for a living just like you!.

please stop believing the lies!. Www@QuestionHome@Com

It was NEVER true that a certain percentage of Native American blood could get someone free land!. ENROLLED TRIBAL MEMBERS/CITIZENS, regardless of their blood percentage, could qualify through their tribe of enrollment for an allotment!. These allotments were sometimes 'owned' by the individual or family but most times these lands were 'owned' by the tribe!. Enrolled tribal membes/citizens can still qualify today for allotments through their tribe of enrollment!. The allotments would be on the tribe's land and the tribally enrolled person must agree to maintain the land in accordance with the tribe's laws and codes!. Non-enrolled people are almost never granted allotments!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I don't know how it is with all tribes, but we had a neighbor, when we lived in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, that was full-blood Chippewa who was not eligible for any of the tribal rights because his birth had not been recorded in the tribal records, only the state records!. The rest of his family was recorded by the tribe, so they had all the rights!. As far as I know, he is still not considered as part of the Chippewa tribe!. You need to check with the particular tribe to see what their laws are!.
As for free land, I agree with the others-only on the reservation!. Any that I have known that lived off the res!. had to buy their land just like I did!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

I will say that there are still BENEFITS for tribal members!.!. don't know that land is one of them!.
Some specifics!.!.!. for tribal ENROLLMENT, there are limitations!. You must prove your ancestry, and no!.!.!. you can NOT USE dna tests!. It must be documentation, and I believe you must also show that your ancestor was on one of the accepted tribal rolls!. Meaning!.!. you may be able to prove the ancestry but still not have requirements to join the tribe!.
Here is a guide for starting research!. You are right that birth certs did not exist in the 1800s, but you still have to work back from you/ parents!. Any genealogy will use records valid for that time frame!. It might be census records, etc!.
I encourage you to know your ancestry, for your own pride and knowledge!. Www@QuestionHome@Com

i think its 1/16!. dna may prove your ancestry, but maybe not your percentage!. are you willing to live on the reservation to obtain free land!? hopefully the spirits of your ancestors are calling you home!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

it depends on the status of the tribe, either 1/8th or 1/16th!.!.!.hope this helps!