SCHAGHTICOKE INDIAN TRIBE
ENROLLMENT ORDINANCE OF THE SCHAGHTICOKE INDIAN TRIBE
I. Genealogical Documentation
In order to attain membership and become enrolled in the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe, an individual or family must document genealogical descent from one or more of the Tribe?s core recognized clans. Evidence of genealogical descent can be presented using any of the following methods as needed:
Compilation of certified records organized by generation number proving genealogical descent from Indians documented or collateral kin entitled to be documented on tribal overseers reports, civil records, census records, military records, probate records, court records, newspapers, and other acceptable genealogical sources.
Matrilineal DNA testing to determine ethnicity and thus blood quantum to a degree for female lines of descent to a living male or female. This should only be considered to supplement the ancestry chart when lines are difficult to trace. It would help to determine an unknown ethnicity.
Genetic marker testing for children born from unconsecrated liaisons between a Schaghticoke father and a non-Indian mother. All three parties must be tested. The paternity test must be done through a court of competent jurisdiction. Both the father and mother must sign an affidavit to be provided to the court. . The results of the DNA test must show probability of paternity of greater than 96%.
Children adopted into Schaghticoke Indian families must prove biological Indian heritage to be enrolled into the Schaghticoke Indian tribe. Indians of other tribes who are not legally adopted into specific Schaghticoke families may not be adopted into this tribe, unless otherwise provided for in the Constitution of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe or by Tribal Ordinance.
II. Application Procedure
In order to be considered for membership in the Schaghticoke tribe each family or individual shall:
Contact the tribal genealogist in writing for a membership application. If known, state in the letter which Schaghticoke Indian ancestor your family will show genealogical descent from. If the individual or family would like to contract the tribe to complete the research and/or application they should inform the tribal genealogist of their interest in their letter. If that lineage has already been
partially or fully proven the genealogist will inform the party what will be needed to complete their membership application.
Complete the necessary documentation for the lineage of choice using certified copies to prove the descent from the ancestor. Documents should be organized by generation with a cover sheet stating the ancestors for that generation and the generation number. Generation number one will be the earliest known Schaghticoke ancestor.
Complete an ancestry chart or ahnantafael showing known ethnicities and blood quantums.
Submit their completed membership application to the tribal genealogist for verification and evaluation.
If the genealogical descent is verified the genealogist will submit the individual or the family to the tribal council for approval of the individual or family into the tribe.
Upon satisfaction that the individual or family has sufficiently documented genealogical descent from one or more of the core families of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe, the Tribal Council shall approve the application for enrollment, at its next council meeting.
Upon approval, the secretary shall be directed by the Council to notify the applicant of the approval and to place the name or names on the tribal rolls and within the appropriate clan in accordance with the Constitution of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe and in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance.
For children born of a Schaghticoke father, and of a mother from an Indian Tribe other than the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe, who choose to enroll such child or children in the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe, such child or children shall be enrolled in the clan from which the mother descends if she is of Schaghticoke descent or, if she is not of Schaghticoke descent, such child or children shall be enrolled in the clan of the father unless, for good cause and a minimum of three-fourths (75%) vote of the Council, it is determined that the child or children should belong to another clan. If there is more than one child, all children shall belong to the same clan.
Children adopted into Schaghticoke Indian families who are eligible for enrollment into the Tribe shall be enrolled in the clan of the adoptive mother?s clan if she is of Schaghticoke descent, otherwise, such children shall belong to the clan of the adoptive father, subject to other provisions under Article II of the Constitution of the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe, and the previous paragraph if applicable.