If you are a descendent of an Indian tribe, can you get money, grants, federal assistance of any kind?

I had heard that if you were a descendent of an American Indian that you could fill out some forms and receive a small amount of unclaimed funds the government has. My great grandmother was a full blooded Indian so I was curious about this. Links, emails, etc...All help is greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

Asked By: T's CRM SCNE - 1/1/2007
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For those benefits, you need to be a member of a tribe. You may also have to be living on the reservation. To be a member of a tribe, you have to have a CIB: Certificate of Indian Blood. If you don't, then you don't receive anything from the tribe, unless there was a Native in your family and that you can prove it... More
Answered By: kaoru_neko16 - 1/3/2007
Additional Answers (8)
1/4 is usually required.
Answered By: sophist - 1/1/2007
well if u can u shouldnt, why should america's tax dollars pay for an injustice 150+ years in the past?
Answered By: laissezfaire2329 - 1/1/2007
Can you prove it? I'm sure you would need some sort of proof and I believe you have to be 1/8 or 1/4 to qualify for any grants or funds.
Answered By: tenngurlamo - 1/1/2007
You can if you can prove it. I wish I knew how, because my grandmother and grandfather were both full blooded. One was blackfoot, the other Mohawk. But my mother has no proof of this. So I dont know how to prove it.
Answered By: Cheryl C - 1/1/2007
You must have PROOF of heritage. Money is not doled out because one says they are of Native American heritage. Many tales of Native American Heritage are only family folklore. Your grandmother can try to claim the funds.
Answered By: newyorkgal71 - 1/1/2007
Go to your local library and ask if they have a copy of the Government Assistance Almanac. This reference book lists the various programs (i.e., grants, loans, etc.) that people are eligible for based on category of aid, ethnicity, gender, and so forth. You will have to prove descendancy through documented sources, so... More
Answered By: Melanie D - 1/2/2007
There is not a whole lot of perks to being ENROLLED. Different tribes have different benefits, depending on how self sufficient the tribe is. And this does not come out of unclaimed funds from the gov't... More
Answered By: joy q - 1/3/2007
people make me sick trying to get into indian tribes just for benifits and casino revenues when the indians live dirt poor most of their lives and here come some poor lozer that dont want to work and steal it... More
Answered By: sonya - 10/21/2013
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