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United States. Office of Indian Affairs / Annual report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, for the year 1903, Part II
([1903])

Report of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes,   pp. 1-190 ff. PDF (101.5 MB)


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COMMISSION TO THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES. 
The great majority of applications for enrollment as citizens of the 
Cherokee Nation, both by blood and intermarriage, was heard in the 
summer and fall of 1900. The provision of the Cherokee agreement 
that the roll of citizens of the Cherokee Nation be made as of Septem- 
ber 1, 1902, therefore, necessitated the taking of additional testimony 
in every application for enrollment by virtue of intermarriage, in order
to determine whether such applicants had, by abandonment of Chero- 
kee wife or husband, or by "marrying out," forfeited their rights
to 
enrollment. A letter was accordingly a~dressed to every person claim- 
ing citizenship by intermarriage, notifying him to appear, either at 
the general office of the Commission at Muskogee or before the special 
enrolling party stationed at Tahlequah, during the month of October, 
1902, and supply such testimony. Supplemental testimony was taken 
in approximately 2,500 cases, and in numerous instances it was found 
that applicants of this class had forfeited their rights to enrollment. 
The recording of so much testimony entailed an immense amount of 
work, and demanded an unusually large stenographic force. At the 
same time a part of the clerical staff was busily engaged in compiling 
the enrollment records necessary for the establishment of an allotment 
office in the Cherokee Nation. 
SUMMARIZED STATEMENT OF APPLICATIONS. 
The total number of applicants for Cherokee citizenship, of all 
classes, received by this Commission since the enrollment of Cherokee 
citizens was begun on May 11, 1900, is 46,154. This, of course, does 
not include applications for citizenship made under the provisions of 
the act of Congress approved June 10, 1896. (Appendix No. 1, p. 60). 
The following table shows the number of applicants listed by the 
Commission, and their classification, on June 30, 1903. The increase 
in the number of applicants listed upon straight and rejected cards, 
and the corresponding decrease in the number listed upon doubtful 
cards, which will be observed by comparing the figures given below 
with those contained in the Commission's last annual report, is occa- 
sioned by the transfer to straight and rejected cards of applicants 
originally listed upon doubtful cards, but whose cases have now been 
disposed of. 
On regular cards. 
Full-blood Cherokees... ................................. 6, 699 
Full-blood Shawnee-Cherokees ----------------------------------- 206 
Full-blood Delaware-Cherokees ---------------------------------- 363 
Mixed-blood Cherokees ------------------------------------------ 22, 681
Mixed-blood Shawnee-Cherokees --------------------------------- 749 
Mixed-blood Delaware-Cherokees -------------------------------- 733 
Intermarried whites --------------------------------------------- 2, 406
33, 837 
On doubtful cards. 
Full-blood Cherokees -------------------------------------------- 103 
Full-blood Shawnee-Cherokees -----------------------------------  2 
Full-blood Delaware-Cherokees ----------------------------------  3 
Mixed-blood Cherokees .......................................... 2,217 
Mixed-blood Shawnee-Cherokees --------------------------------- 105 
Mixed-blood Delaware-Cherokees ------------------------------  28 
Interpnarried whites  ---------------------------------------534 
-       2, 992 
NOTE.-All persons listed under the general application of June 30, 
1902, heretofore referred to and still remaining on doubtful cards, are 
classed as "mixed-blood Cherokee" where no information has been
obtained as to the degree of blood. 
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