|The Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center maintains a registry and database of individuals claiming Cherokee blood. The center assists people in obtaining the documentation needed for tribal enrollment and operates as a repository of cultural, historical, anecdotal and genealogical information. The public information on this website is provided as a free resource to aid in research, genealogy and education about the Cherokee people.|
The historical Cherokee Nation existed long before there were U.S. government rolls and census. The Cherokee exist today through descendants of those who remained connected as a tribal people. The three Cherokee "federally recognized tribes" have chosen to use particular rolls as a means to decide who can join them. Although the U.S. government has never had real plenary power over the tribes, it continues to make decisions that affect tribal business, economy, lands, and the lives of tribal members. Because it is important for people to be educated in the truth about history, culture, and actions affecting tribal citizenship for them and their descendants, we maintain this website. For current news and information regarding the tribes, please see the Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee One Feather newspapers.
The Cherokee Nation encourages people of Cherokee heritage to take pride in their heritage and become active in heritage groups even if they are not eligible for citizenship. Many people with genuine Cherokee heritage will never meet the qualifications to become citizens in a federally recognized tribe. The Cherokee Nation does not question anyone’s claim of heritage or ancestry.(1)
Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center, cherokeeregistry.org and cherokeeregistry.com are owned and operated by Cherokee Nation tribal members. This is an independent entity, not affiliated with nor endorsed by any tribe, heritage group, or government agency. Cherokee Heritage Documentation Center does not claim to be and is not considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian tribe or an Indian organization for any purpose and receives no federal or state funding. There is no connection either real or inferred between the Documentation Center and the Heritage Center.
The CHDC is committed to aiding those with legitimate Cherokee ancestors by providing the tools to document, preserve, and display their family linage. It allows those registered to take pride in their heritage. Cherokee Heritage members are encouraged to learn to separate truth from myth, to help preserve the Cherokee Language. We encourage aiding and supporting those in need within the tribal boundaries. Please consider donating to the Rainbow House and spreading the word about the Cherokee Elders Council.