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Dawes Enrollment Cards

Dawes Enrollment Cards

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NARA M1186. Enrollment cards were created by the Dawes Commission to record information about family groups within the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole nations. They list family relationships, degree of native blood, age, tribal enrollment, and other data useful to establishing family connections and Native American ancestry.

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June 15, 2009
NARA M1186. These enrollment cards are a census-like listing for members of five Native American tribes, 1898-1914.


Enrollment cards, also referred to as “census cards,” were prepared by the staff of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, commonly known as the Dawes Commission. The cards record information provided by applications submitted by members of the same family group or household and include notations of the actions taken. Information for each applicant includes name, age, sex, degree of Indian blood, relationship to the head of the family group, parents' names, and references to enrollment on earlier rolls used by the Commission for verification of eligibility.

The descriptive pamphlet, published by NARA, for publication M1186, is available as a PDF here. Much of the information on this page is taken directly from that publication.


On 93 rolls of this microfilm publication are reproduced the enrollment cards that were prepared by the staff of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes between 1898 and 1914. The publication, M1186, is titled Enrollment Cards for the Five Civilized Tribes 1898-1914. These records are part of Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group (RG) 75, and are housed in the Archives Branch of the Federal Archives and Records Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

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An online tutorial relating to The Dawes Rolls is available at, the NARA website.

Dawes How To is a downloadable PDF file of the above tutorial by the National Archives, with tips and instructions relating to The Dawes Rolls.

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