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PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF
THE OFFICE OF
THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES AGENCY
MUSKOGEE AREA of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Record Group 75)

Compiled by Kent Carter, September 1994

The Southwest National Archives branch in Fort Worth, Texas holds most of the original Bureau of Indian Affairs records from Oklahoma. This is their extensive inventory of approximately 650 types of records covering enrollment, allotment, leases, finances, probate, programs, and schools. These original records must be viewed in person at the SW National Archives.   Please see Visiting the National Archives.


Go to: Introduction ... Table of Contents ... Appendix I-VIII ... Alphabetical index (A-I)

Go to Record Entries: 1-60a ... 61-128 ... 129-207a ... 208-288a ... 289-359 ... 360-442a ... 443-506 ... 507-579 ... 580-649


RECORDS RELATING TO CHEROKEE CITIZENSHIP

The Cherokee Supreme Court was empowered by an act of the National Council of December 3, 1869, to sit as a Court of Commissioners and pass on all claims to citizenship. In January, 1878, a Special Committee of the National Council was established to hear applications for citizenship and functioned until a permanent Citizenship Court was established by an act of the National Council of November 26, 1879.

Under the act of June 10, 1896, persons claiming citizenship had to make a written application to the Dawes Commission at Vinita by September 10, 1896, and a copy of the application had to be sent to the Chief of the Cherokee tribe who had thirty days to respond. The Dawes Commission eventually added 274 names to the Cherokee rolls and most of these decisions were appealed to the U.S. Court in Indian Territory.

The Dawes Commission began enrolling Cherokees under the Curtis Act of 1898 in January 1900, and conducted hearings at Fort Gibson, Vinita, Tahlequah, and Muskogee in addition to sending enrollment parties throughout the Cherokee Nation. The Commission relied primarily on the Cherokee census of 1880 and 1896 to verify eligibility for enrollment. Many full-bloods refused to apply and some were sent to jail for violating a 1904 court order requiring their appearance before the Commission. The tribal officials strongly objected to the enrollment of "Freedmen" and secured a court injunction in 1903 which halted the enrollment process for months. Many whites who had married Cherokee citizens applied for enrollment and were denied. A ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court of November 5, 1906, upheld the Commissions decision which was based on a Cherokee law which denied citizenship to anyone who married after 1877. See microfilm 7RA 24 for a partial index to rejected Cherokees.

Under an agreement with the Cherokee tribe of August 7, 1902, eligibility for enrollment was restricted to persons born prior to September 1, 1902. The act of Congress of April 26, 1906 (34 Stat. 137) authorized the enrollment of children living on March 4, 1906 whose parents were enrolled or had applications pending.

See pages 165-168 of Preliminary Inventory 163 for records relating to Cherokee citizenship. See also Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr., The Cherokee Freedmen (Westport, 1978).

61. LIST OF REJECTED CLAIMANTS.

1878-1880. 40 pgs.
Arranged chronologically by court term and thereunder by the reason for rejection and thereunder by case number.
A handwritten copy of a list of 353 names of persons whose claim to citizenship was rejected by the Cherokee Commission on Citizenship. The only information given for each claimant is a case number and the reason for rejection (i.e. by decree, default, withdrawn). Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA 25. (Old volume #200001).
A-5-22-3

62. LIST OF PERSONS ADMITTED TO CITIZENSHIP.

n.d. 56 pgs.
Arranged in roughly alphabetical order by surname.
A printed "List of persons admitted and re-admitted to Cherokee citizenship by the National Council and Commissions on Citizenship in the year 1880, and since that year." The list covers the period from 1880 to 1899 and appears to have been printed for use by the Dawes Commission. The only information given is the persons name and date admitted. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA 25.
A-5-22-3

63. CHEROKEE CITIZENSHIP COMMISSION DOCKETS.

1880-1884, 1887-1889. 6 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically by case number. Indexed by name of applicant.
A record of actions taken on applications for citizenship by the tribal commission. Each docket entry generally includes the applicant's name, age, sex, names of attorneys, the text of the application, a summary of proceedings held, and the text of the commission's decision. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA 25. (Old volume #2-3-13, 23-4-7, and 32-3-5 to 8).
A-5-22-4

64. CITIZENSHIP CERTIFICATE STUBS.

1886. 8 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged by district of the Cherokee Nation and thereunder numerically by certificate number assigned in chronological order by date of issue.
There are only certificates for Cooweescoowee, Delaware, Flint, Illinois, Going Snake, and Tahlequah Districts. Stubs of printed citizenship certificates issued by tribal census takers under an act of the Cherokee National Council of April 28, 1886, to persons entitled to receive a payment from the proceeds of grazing fees ("grass money") collected by the tribe. The information contained on each stub includes certificate number, date issued, and the name of the person entitled to receive the payment. There are a few blank certificates still attached to stubs. (from old box 69905).
A-5-22-4

65. RECORD OF CHILDREN ENROLLED BY THE TRIBAL GOVERNMENT.

1897. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged by District.
A typed list of children enrolled under the act of the Cherokee National Council of July 28, 1897. There is also a list of children born between 1895 and 1897 which appears to have been the basis for the enrollment. Both lists were prepared by Hastings and Pierce, Attorneys for the Cherokee Nation between August and November, 1897. The lists contain only the child's name, date of birth, and parent's names. Reproduced on microfilm as GSU Cherokee 1-12. (old volume #82-7-2).
A-5-22-3

65A. RECORDS OF THE CHIEF CLERK OF THE CHEROKEE ENROLLMENT DIV.

September, 1900-November, 1901. 4 in.
Arranged chronologically (with gaps).
Original letters and telegrams received and copies of some letters sent by either the Commissioner in Charge or the Chief Clerk of the Cherokee Enrollment Division. The letters relate to office administration, personnel, enrollment procedures, and specific cases. Many are transmittals of various types of documents which were probably subsequently filed in the individual application jackets described in entry 53A. There are some narrative reports on enrollment cases and lists of applicants. The majority of the correspondence is addressed to the Division at either Vinita or Tahlequah. (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-5-22-3

66. DAWES COMMISSION DOCKETS FOR 1896 APPLICATIONS.

1902. 3 vols. 6 in.
Arranged numerically by case number.
A record of actions taken by the Dawes Commission on applications for citizenship received under the act of June 10, 1896. The information given for each application includes the date it was filed, the names of the persons covered by the application, the date the attorneys for the Cherokee Nation filed an answer, the Commission's decision, and the date of appeal (if any) to the U.S. Court and it's decision. (old volume #11-4-35=L2344, L2338, and L2347).
A-5-22-4

66A. See entry 49B.

66B. BRIEF AND ARGUMENT FILED BY JOSEPH P. MULLEN.

1896. 3 in.
Arranged numerically (1-40) with no index.
Original brief and argument filed with the Dawes Commission between September and October, 1896 by Joseph P. Mullen as attorney for petitioners in cases against the Cherokee Nation under the act of June 10, 1896. The brief lists the names of the people seeking enrollment and is attached to a four page printed argument which presents the reasons why the petitioners feel they are entitled to Cherokee citizenship.
There are also three briefs filed by B. P. Armstrong and a list of deceased Cherokees whose names appear on the 1896 census roll compiled by Hastings and Pierce as attorneys for the Cherokee Nation. (7KR-75-80-001).
A-5-22-3

66C. DEMURER AND ANSWERS OF THE CHEROKEE NATION.

1896-1897. 4 in.
Arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the applicant's surname.
Original Demurer and Answer of the Cherokee Nation prepared on printed forms and submitted to the Dawes Commission in response to applications for enrollment under the act of June 10, 1896. The form, which is signed by the Principal Chief, objects to the enrollment on the grounds the Dawes Commission has no jurisdiction over tribal enrollment and that the individual applicant's claims are not supported by "sufficient facts." It appears that all of these answers were made by the tribal officials in response to claims by persons for whom the Dawes Commission had no official application on file. See also entry 74A. (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-5-22-3

67. See entry 60AA.

68. LISTS OF APPLICANTS.

1902. 2 vols. 1 in.
There are separate lists for admitted and rejected applicants. Within each list, the names are arranged alphabetically by surname.
Typed lists of names of persons admitted or rejected for citizenship by the U.S. Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indian Territory. There are lists for the following actions: applicants admitted by the Dawes Commission and affirmed by the courts, applicants admitted by the Court for the Southern District who had been rejected by the Commission, applicants denied by the Court for the Northern District who had been admitted by the Commission, and applicants admitted by the Court for the Northern District who had been denied by the Commission. The information given for each applicant generally includes the Dawes Commission case number (see entry 49B), the U.S. Court docket number, and the Dawes Commission enrollment card number.
A-5-22-3 (in box with entry 61)

69. DECISIONS OF THE U.S. COURT-NORTHERN DISTRICT.

1897-1899. 3 vols. 3 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order by date of decision. Each volume has an index to the name of the principal applicants.
Press copies of decisions of Judge William M. Springer on appeals of decisions of the Dawes Commission under the act of 1896. The decision of the judge often includes a report on the case prepared by a Special Master appointed by the court. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA 98.
A-5-23-3 (in box with entry 61).

70. MERGED WITH ENTRY 60A AND 101.

71. LISTS OF APPLICANTS AS FREEDMEN

1897. 2 folders .5 in.
Arranged in roughly alphabetical order.
One typed and one handwritten list of applicants for participation in an award by the U.S. Court of Claims to Cherokee Freedmen who had not been included in the roll prepared for payment of the award (see entry 588 of PI 163 for a description of this roll known as the Clifton Roll). The typed list includes each applicant's name, roll number from the 1880 Cherokee census, roll number from the Wallace Roll of Cherokee Freedmen (see entry 583 of PI 163), an exhibit number which corresponds to the exhibit number on the records described in entry 72, district of residence within the Cherokee Nation, and occasionally remarks about other enrollments. The handwritten list provides only a reference to a number which appears on the records described in entry 72. These lists were submitted as evidence to the Dawes Commission by the Cherokee National Council in enrollment proceedings. (old volume 19-5-6=L2724=03583 and #100264).
A-5-22-5

72. APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT AS FREEDMEN.

1897. 2 ft.
Arranged numerically by exhibit number (1-433) assigned in roughly chtonological order by date of application.
Notarized applications prepared on printed forms (Form Number 2) ubmitted by persons claiming a share of a payment made to Cherokee Freedmen in accordance with an award of the U.S. Court of Claims in the case of Moses Whitmire. Trustee v. the Cherokee Nation. The applications and supporting material were submitted by James M. Keys to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs between May 10 and June 30, 1897, and may have been a part of the general correspondence of the Bureau (see entry 91 of PI 163). It appears that the records were returned to the Dawes Commission for use in enrollment proceedings under the act of 1898. The application provides the applicant's name, age, and district of residence in the Cherokee Nation and the names and ages of other family members. There are some letters from claimants and officials of the Cherokee tribal government included with the application form. See entries 907-911 of PI 163 for related records.
A-5-22-5

73. INDEX TO APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT THROUGH INTERMARRIAGE.

n.d. 1 vol. .2 in
Arranged alphabetically by the irst letter of the applicant's surname. A handwritten index to the applications described in entry 74. The only information given is the application number. (volume #L3048).
A-5-22-5

74. APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT THROUGH INTERMARRIAGE.

1897. 7 ft.
Arranged numerically by application number (1-991 with gaps) assigned in roughly alphabetical order by surname. Original applications submitted to the Dawes Commission for enrollment under the act of 1896 and an act of June 7, 1897 (30 Stat. 84) which required any person married to a Cherokee citizen to apply for themselves and their children. The applications or petitions are notarized and provide the name, age, sex, and address of each child and information in support of the claim to citizenship such as date of marriage and enrollment on other tribal rolls. In addition to the application, there are occasionally copies of marriage licenses, statements of witnesses to the marriage, notice of service of a copy of the application on the Chief of the Cherokee tribe, and the answer of the tribal government generally rejecting the claim. The Dawes Commission held hearings at Fort Gibson but no record of the hearings has been located.
A-5-22-5

74A. PROTESTS FILED BY THE TRIBAL ATTORNEY.

1897. 6 in.
Arranged numerically (1-181). No index has been located.
Original protests filed by W. W. Hastings as attorney for the Cherokee tribe against the enrollment of persons by the Dawes Commission. The protest, which was prepared on a printed form, cites the requirements of both the 1896 and 1897 acts, and objects on the grounds that the person was never admitted by the tribal government. The only information given is the claimant's name and a reference to the 1896 Cherokee roll. A few of the protests include an affidavit about marriage or children. The Commission marked the records as "can not be identified" and it appears that these were protests filed by the tribal attorney against people for whom no official application could be located. See also entry 66C. (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-5-22-5

75. DOCKETS TO REJECTED AND DOUBTFUL APPLICATIONS.

1904-1905. 2 vols. 3 in.
There is on docket for Cherokees by Blood and one for Freedmen. Within each docket there are separate sections for "Doubtful" and "Rejected" applications. Within each section, entries are numerical by case number. Each docket includes an index to applicants.
A record of actions taken on applications classified by the Commission as "Doubtful" and "Rejected." The information given includes the names of the applicants and their attorneys, the decision of the Commission, date prepared, date forwarded to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and the date approved by the Secretary of Interior. Many of the "Doubtful" and some of the "Rejected " applicants were eventually enrolled and there are often references to enrollment card numbers. The case numbers in these dockets match the numbers on the applications described in entry 53A. (volume #L2355 and L1905).
A-5-22-6

76. Now part of entry 53A.

77. Now part of entry 58A.

77A. CASE FILES ON APPLICATIONS DESIGNATED SPECIAL MEMORANDUM.

1898-1908. 2 ft.
Arranged numerically (MM1 to MM200). No index has been located.
Original transcripts of testimony taken by the Commission to clarify claims that applications had been made, replies by the attorneys for the Cherokee Nation, and decisions and orders of the Commission. Most cases contain copies of correspondence between the Commissioner and the Secretary of Interior, tribal attorneys, and claimants and their attorneys about the status of claims. In almost every case, the Commissioner declined to receive the application because it was made after the deadline established by the act of Congress of April 26, 1906 or denied the application on jurisdictional grounds. There are claims to enrollment as Citizens by Blood, Freedmen, and Intermarried Whites.
A-6-84-1

78. RECORD OF DECISIONS.

1901-1902. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date of decision. applicant.
A record of actions taken by the Commission between November 13, 1901 and January 11, 1902 on applications for enrollment. The information given for each action includes the names of the applicants, names of attorneys for the applicants and the tribe, the nature of the decision, and a reference to the enrollment cards described in entry 52. (volume #100563).
A-6-84-2

79. INDEX TO THE CHEROKEE FINAL ROLLS.

n.d. 3 vols. 6 in.
Arranged alphabetically by the first letter and first vowel of the surname. Two indexes to names appearing on the "Final Roll of Cherokees." The only information given is the enrollee's name and Dawes roll number. These appear to have been working copies of the index which was subsequently published. (volume #32-2-1 and 2 and 01698).
A-6-84-2

80. RECORD OF CITIZENSHIP CERTIFICATES ISSUED.

1906-1911. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date issued. A handwritten record of citizenship certificates issued to New Born Cherokees. The only information given is the enrollee's name and certificate number. (volume #L3267).
A-6-84-2

81. INDEX TO "L" CITIZENSHIP CERTIFICATES.

n.d. 1 vol. .2 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
An index to persons who were issued "L" citizenship certificates. The only information given is the recipient's name and the certificate number. There are some notations about cancellations and transfers of certificates but there is no indication of the meaning of the "L" designation. (volume #10044).
A-6-84-2


RECORDS RELATING TO CHOCTAW-CHICKASAW CITIZENSHIP

Members of the Chickasaw tribe were permitted to settle on land in the Choctaw Nation and were given all of the rights of Choctaw citizenship under a treaty of January 17, 1837 (11 Stat. 573). The Chickasaws established an independent tribal government under a treaty of June 22, 1855 (11 Stat. 611) but retained the rights of Choctaw citizenship and extended Chickasaw citizenship rights to the Choctaws. The Atoka Agreement which was ratified by the Curtis Act of 1898 (30 Stat. 495) and became the basis for Choctaw and Chickasaw enrollment and allotment recognized this "dual citizenship" and permitted a member of either tribe to select tracts of land within the boundaries of either or both tribal nations.

The Dawes Commission added 3,815 Choctaws and 942 Chickasaws to the tribal rolls under the act of June 10, 1896 and the U.S. Courts Indian Territory admitted 2,154 Choctaws and 591 Chickasaws. The Commission began enrolling Choctaws and Chickasaws under the Atoka Agreement in November, 1898 and conducted hearings at Ardmore, Atoka, and Colbert in addition to sending enrollment parties throughout the two nations. A supplemental agreement with the Choctaws and Chickasaws ratified by an act of Congress of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. 641) restricted enrollment to persons living on September 25, 1902. The act of Congress of March 3, 1905 (33 Stat. 1048) authorized the enrollment of children born between September 25, 1902 and March 4, 1905 whose parents were enrolled or had applications pending. Children living as of March 4, 1906, whose parents were enrolled or had applications pending were enrolled under an act of Congress of April 26, 1906 (34 Stat. 137).

82. ACTS OF THE CHOCTAW NATIONAL COUNCIL.

1893, 1895. 14 pgs.
Arranged chronologically by date of passage.
Handwritten copies of "Acts of the General Council Admitting Parties to Citizenship." The text of the acts includes the names of the persons admitted and the authority for the admission.
A-6-84-3

83. LIST OF APPLICANTS FOR CHOCTAW CITIZENSHIP.

Ca. 1902. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically by applicant's surname.
A typed list of persons who applied for Choctaw citizenship under the act of 1896. The information given for each applicant includes the Dawes Commission case number and a reference to the enrollment cards described in entry 52. The list is annotated with a "A" for persons who were admitted and a "D" for persons who were denied. (volume #100311).
A-6-84-3

83A. AND 83B. NOW PART OF ENTRY 49B.

84. LISTS OF PERSONS INVOLVED IN APPEALS TO U.S. COURTS.

Ca. 1900. 1 in.
Arranged by type of action taken by the court. Within each type, the names are arranged in rough alphabetical order.
Typed lists of names of applicants for citizenship under the 1896 act who appealed to the U.S. Court for the Central District of Indian Territory at South McAlester or the Southern District at Ardmore. There are lists for persons admitted by the court, persons admitted by the court who were previously denied by the Dawes Commission, and persons denied by the court who had previously been admitted by the Commission. The information given for each person generally includes the Dawes Commission case number, the U.S. Court docket number of the appeal, and references to the Choctaw-Chickasaw Citizenship Court case number (if any). There are also two lists of cases heard by the U.S. Court for the Central District. One is arranged numerically by case number and the other is alphabetical by applicant. (#002=Ardmore and #004= S. McAlester).
A-6-84-3

84A. CERTIFIED COPIES OF ORDERS OF THE U.S. COURT.

1897. 3 in.
Arranged numerically (1-145) by docket number. There is an alphabetical index to applicants and a numerical list of orders.
Certified copies of orders issued by the U.S. Court for the Central District of Indian Territory at South McAlester in appeals of judgments of the Dawes Commission under the act of June 10, 1896. The order lists the names of the applicants and the reason for the court's decision. There is also some correspondence between applicants and the Dawes Commission. See USC roll 47 for minute books of the Court proceedings for 1898-1899. (7KR-75-80- 001).
A-6-84-3

84A1. ORDERS AND JUDGMENTS OF THE U.S. COURT AT ARDMORE.

1896-1898. 8 in.
Arranged by tribe (Choctaw and Chickasaw) and thereunder numerically by case number. There is a typed alphabetical index and a numerical list of cases for each tribe.
Original notarized judgments by the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indian Territory at Ardmore on appeals of decisions of the Dawes Commission under the act of June 10, 1896. The decisions were prepared on printed forms and generally include the original Dawes case number, names of applicants and their attorneys, and the court's judgment and order. Some of the files also include correspondence between the Dawes Commission and the applicant or their attorney, written decisions of the Dawes Commission, and notices to tribal officials. (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-6-84-2

84B. APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT THROUGH INTERARRRIAGE.

1897-1898. 4 in.
Arranged numerically (1-82 with gaps and multiple numbers). There is a list of applicants and their application number.
original applications submitted to the Dawes Commission for enrollment under the act of June 10, 1896 and June 7, 1897 (30 Stat. 84). The applications generally include the date and place of marriage and the names and dates of birth of children. Many of the application jackets contain only a reference to an enrollment card (see entry 52). (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-6-84-2

85. NOTICES OF HEARINGS.

1900. 3 vols. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent. Indexed by addressee.
Press copies of letters sent by the Commission to applicants for enrollment notifying them to appear at hearings to be held on December 3, 1900 at Atoka.
A-6-84-3

86. DOCKET OF CASES SET FOR HEARING.

1899. 8 pgs.
Arranged numerically by case number.
A typed docket of cases set for hearing by the Dawes Commission on March 20, 1899 at South McAlester. The only information given is the name of the person applying for enrollment.
A-6-84-3

87. INDEXES TO APPLICANTS.

1900-1906. 9 vols. 6 in.
Arranged by type of application and thereunder alphabetically by surname.
Handwritten indexes to applications for enrollment under various acts of Congress including: Choctaws applying under the act of May 31, 1900; Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen testifying at Atoka and Colbert between June 4 and June 16, 1900; Choctaw and Chickasaw applicants under the act of July 1, 1902; Choctaw children applying under an act of April 26, 1906; Choctaws also enrolled as Cherokees; Choctaw and Chickasaw applicants listed on "Rejected" and "Doubtful" cards (see entry 52); and Choctaws and Chickasaws found on earlier rolls who had not applied for enrollment. Each index generally provides only a reference to enrollment cards (see entry 52). (volume #400022, 300011, 400013, 400021, 82-7-13, 400016, 400027, 400014, 400011, and 400017).
A-6-84-3

88. LISTS OF CHICKASAW APPLICANTS.

1899-1902. 1 ft.
Arranged in rough chronological order by date compiled.
Handwritten and typed lists of applicants for enrollment as Chickasaws by the Dawes Commission, persons listed on tribal rolls who had not applied, persons admitted by the U.S. courts, and persons denied by the Dawes Commission. There are a few copies of marriage certificates and other documents submitted as evidence in enrollment proceedings. Some of the lists are annotated with enrollment card numbers. (see entry 52).
A-6-84-3

89. LISTS OF CHOCTAW APPLICANTS.

1899-1902. 2 in.
Arranged in rough chronological order by date compiled.
Typed lists of applicants or potential applicants for enrollment as Choctaws by the Dawes Commission. There are lists of "Choctaws on the 1896 roll-unenrolled by the Dawes Commission," "Choctaws not having appeared before the Dawes Commission by October 28, 1899," "applicants admitted by the Dawes Commission," and "Parties on Choctaw cards who may be on Cherokee cards." The information given in the lists generally includes the person's name, Dawes Commission enrollment number (if any), and a reference to one of the earlier Choctaw rolls used by the Commission to determine eligibility.
A-6-84-3

90. LISTS OF PENDING APPLICATIONS.

1902-1905. 1 IN.
There are separate lists of Choctaws by Blood, Chickasaws by Blood, Choctaw Freedmen, and Chickasaw Freedmen. Within each list, names are arranged numerically by enrollment card number. There is also an index.
Typed lists of names of applicants whose applications were still pending at the time the lists were compiled. The information given includes name, age, sex, and enrooment card number. Similar lists were maintained at both the Choctaw and Chickasaw Land Offices. (see entry 169 and 199).

90A. REFERENCE FILES ON PERSONS LISTED IN THE 1896 CENSUS.

1900-1902. 1 ft.
Arranged by tribe and thereunder numerically by a file number which roughly corresponds to the order of appearance in the 1896 census roll.
One page summaries of the status of persons whose names appeared on the 1896 Choctaw or Chickasaw census rolls but who had not made an application for enrollment with the Dawes Commission. The Summary generally contains the person's name, a page and roll number reference to the 1896 roll, county of residence, and some indication of the disposition (many of the persons were dead or had enrolled under other names). There are various versions of these lists of "delinquents" and some correspondence between the Commission and parties interested in the Choctaws.
A-6-84-3

90B. NOTIFICATION OF HEARINGS.

1902. 4 in.
Arranged numerically (1-81) by a case number assigned in roughly alphabetical order by the surname of the person being notified.
Carbon copies and some undelivered original letters from the Commission to persons whose named appeared on the 1896 Choctaw roll but who had not appeared before the Commission. The letter gives the person's 1896 roll number and a page reference to that roll and advises them to appear at the Commission's headquarters in Muskogee on a specific date in May, 1902 to give testimony in support of enrollment. There is also a carbon copy of a similar notice sent to the attorneys for the Choctaw-Chickasaw Nations (Mansfield, McMurray, and Cornish). The letters have a heading of "Choctaw Special."
A-6-86-1

90B1 DOCKETS OF SPECIAL ENROLLMENT CASES.

1905-1907. 3 vols. 6 in.
There is a separate docket for each type of case. Entries with each docket are arranged numerically by a case number assigned chronologically by the date the case was opened.
A record of papers filed and proceedings held in applications for enrollment by Freedmen who wished to be enrolled as citizens by blood ("Joe and Dillard Perry Cases"), intermarried whites trying to confer citizenship on their children ("Mary Elizabeth Martin Cases"), and persons admitted to citizenship prior to June 10, 1896 ("Loula West Cases"). The information given for each case includes the names of all applicants and their attorneys, a chronological summary of papers filed and proceedings held, the decision of the Commission, actions taken by the Secretary of Interior, and references to related cases. See entries 90C-E for case papers. (Volume #L2343=Perry, L2340=Martin, L2339=West).
A-6-84-7

90C. APPLICATIONS TO CHANGE FROM FREEDMEN TO CITIZENS BY BLOOD.

1905-1907. 6 ft.
Arranged numerically (F1-F254).
Originals and ccpies of papers filed in proceedings relating to Freedmen who wished to be enrolled as Choctaw or Chickasaw Citizens by Blood. These "Joe and Dillard Perry Cases" generally include the names of all applicants and their attorneys, general genealogical material, a summary of papers filed and proceedings held the decision of the Commission, actions taken by the Secretary of Interior, and references to related cases. (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-6-84-7

90D. APPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN OF INTERMARRIED WHITES.

1905-1907. 2 ft.
Arranged numerically (C1-C135).
Originals and copies of papers filed in proceedings relating to children of intermarried whites seeking enrollment as Choctaw or Chickasaw Citizens by Blood. These "Loula West Cases" generally include the names of all applicants and their attorneys, general genealogical material, a summary of papers filed and proceedings held, the decision of the Commission, actions taken by the Secretary of Interior, and references to related cases (7NC-75-89- 0015).
A-6-84-7

90E. CASES RELATING TO 1896 APPLICATIONS.

1905-1907. 4 ft.
Arranged numerically (W1-W202).
Originals and copies of papers filed in proceedings relating to the rights of Chickasaw and Choctaw Citizens by Blood and intermarriage who had applied under the act of 1896. These "Mary Martin Cases" include the names of all applicants and their attorneys, general genealogical material, a summary of papers filed and proceedings held, the decision of the commission, actions taken by the Secretary of Interior, and references to related cases. (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-6-86-1

91. SEE 90B1.

91A. CHOCTAW MEMO APPLICATIONS.

1900-1906. 1 ft.
Arranged numerically (1-106). The records include an index.
Original applications for enrollment, supporting documents such as birth affidavits, transcripts of testimony taken by the Commission, correspondence, and decisions of the Commission. All the applications were rejected under the terms of an act of Congress of May 31, 1900 which directed that the Commission "shall not receive...any application of any person...who has not been a recognized citizen." These applications, which were often referred to as "Memo Cases", have been reproduced on microfilm as M1301, roll 171. (7KR-75-80-0001, index=#400026).
A-16-048-3

91A1. CHICKASAW MEMO APPLICATIONS.

1900-1907. 4 in.
Arranged numerically (9-M-1 to 9-M-36). No index has been located.
Original applications for enrollment, supporting documents, transcripts of testimony taken by the Commission, decisions, and correspondence relating to the application. All of the applications were rejected for lack of jurisdiction under the terms of the act of Congress of May 31, 1900. (7NC-75-89-0015).
A-16-084-3

91B. CHOCTAW-CHICKASAW MEMORANDA CASES.

1900-1907. 2 ft.
Arranged numerically (1-305). The records include an index to applicants.
Original applications for enrollment, supporting documents such as birth affidavits, transcripts of testimony taken by the Dawes Commission, correspondence, and decisions and orders of the Commission. The bulk of the applications are claims to the right to enrollment through intermarriage but there are some "By Blood" and "Freedmen" applications. All of the applications were rejected by the Dawes Commission because they were not made within the time limits set by an act of Congress of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. 641). These "Too Late" applications have been reproduced as M1301, rolls 172-3. (7KR-75-80-0001).
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91C. PETITIONS FOR ENROLLMENT NOT ACCEPTED.

1905-1906. 8 in.
Arranged numerically (1-116) with no index.
Original petitions, affidavits, and related correspondence pertaining to requests for enrollment as Choctaw, Chickasaw, or Freedmen. Most of the petitions were filed in 1906 by persons claiming enrollment through intermarriage. The Commission held that it had no authority to receive the applications because of the terms of the act of July 1, 1902 and declined to accept them. In many cases, the correspondence contains references to enrollment cards (see entry 520). It appears that the petitions were commonly referred to as "Too Late Cases." There are also some reports by Wirt Franklin about the activities of a field enrollment party operating from South McAlester and Coalgate from January 7 to March 7, 1905.
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91D. NOTICES OF DENIAL OF PETITIONS.

1900. 2 in.
Arranged numerically (1-37). No index.
Carbon copies of letters from the Commission to petitioners notifying them that their petions for enrollment were denied. It appears that the petitions were sent to the Secretary of Interior and were denied by the Commission for failure to make a personal appearance.
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92. CASE FILES ON CHICKASAW FREEDMEN APPLICATIONS FOR TRANSFER.

1905-1906. 2 in.
Arranged in two groups (transfer and enrollment) and thereunder numerically by case number with numerous gaps).
Carbon copies of letters from the Commission to applicants and their attorneys and summaries of actions taken on the applications and allotment selections made by the applicants. The applications are from Chickasaw Freedmen seeking to transfer to the Chickasaw By Blood roll and some whites seeking enrollment as Chickasaws by Blood. All the applications were denied.
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93. TRANSCRIPT OF TESTIMONY AND DECISION.

1900. 1 in.
A carbon copy of a transcript of "testimony, brief, and decision in the matter of the application for enrollment of James Rennie as an Intermarried citizen of the Chickasaw Nation." Rennie was a naturalized U.S. citizen who married and later divorced a Chickasaw citizen and claimed the right to enrollment through intermarriage. Rennie was enrolled by the Dawes Commission under the act of 1896. (#400001).
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94. RECORD OF DECISIONS.

1902-1904, 1906-1907. 8 vols. 6 in.
There are separate volumes for Choctaws and Chickasaws. Within each volume, arranged roughly chronologically by date of decision. A record of decisions on enrollment applications made by the Dawes Commission and forwarded to the Secretary of Interior for approval. The information given for each decision includes the names of the applicants, enrollment card number, date of decision, action taken by the Secretary of Interior, and date of notification to the applicant. (#400023-24, 400015, and 400012 in box and #300002-4=minute book).
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95. ENROLLMENT CERTIFICATE STUBS.

1902-1906. 70 vols. 3 ft.
There are separate volumes for each enrollment category for both the Choctaw and Chickasaw Land Offices. Within each volume, the stubs are arranged numerically by certificate number assigned chronologically by date of issue.
Stubs of original enrollment certificates prepared on printed forms (Number 126) which were issued by the Choctaw or Chickasaw Land Office. The enrollment certificate authorized the staff of either land office to permit the enrollee to select land for allotment. The information contained on the stub includes the certificate number, date of issuance, enrollee's name and the name of the person representing the enrollee (if any), and enrollment number. Some of the volumes include original blank certificates which were not used. (volume 2-5-14 and L1686).
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95A. PETITIONS TO RECONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT.

1906. 5 in.
Arranged numerically (1-587c) by petition number. The records include an index to petitioners.
Original forms entitled "Motion to Re-open and Reconsider Action Dismissing Application of, and Refusing to Enroll Applicants." The motions were made in February, 1906 by persons denied enrollment as Choctaw or Chickasaw and all were rejected by the Secretary of Interior by Departmental Authority of April 11, 1906 (I.T.D. 5684-1906 a copy of which is in petition 587). The motions were filed by Cruce, Cruce, and Bleakmore on behalf of persons who had been denied enrollment by the Dawes Commission under the act of 1896, won appeals to the U.S. Court in Indian Territory, and then were denied by the Choctaw-Chickasaw Citizenship Court. (7KR-75-80-0001).
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Records of the Choctaw-Chickasaw Citizenship Court

Both the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribal governments strongly objected to the enrollment activities of the Dawes Commission. Section 31 of an act of Congress of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. 641.) established a Choctaw-Chickasaw Citizenship Court (CCCC) and authorized either tribe to file a bill in equity in it to seek annulment of the decisions that had been made by the U.S. Court in Indian Territory under the act of June 10, 1896. President Roosevelt appointed Spencer B. Adams, Henry S. Foote, and Walter L. Weaver to the CCCC which rendered a decision on December 17, 1902 in the case The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations or Tribes vs J. T. Riddle et al, which vacated all of the judgments of the U.S. Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Indian Territory. Persons involved in those decisions were required to institute proceedings in the CCCC to regain enrollment. Cases originating in the U.S. Court for the Central District were heard by the CCCC at South McAlester and cases from the Southern District at Tishomingo.

An act of Congress of March 3, 1903 (32 Stat. 982) provided for the termination of the CCCC on December 31, 1904 and the transfer of all records to the Dawes Commission. The CCCC eventually heard 256 cases involving 3487 people and admitted only 161 to citizenship. See Loren N. Brown, "The Choctaw-Chickasaw Court Citizens," The Chronicles of Oklahoma (Volume 16, Number 4).

96. LISTS OF CLAIMANTS.

1902. 2 vols. 1 in.
There are separate lists for Choctaws and Chickasaws. Within each list, the names are arranged alphabetically by surname.
Carbon copies of lists of persons admitted by the U.S. Courts who instituted proceedings in the CCCC. The information given for each person includes name, sex, age, degree of Indian blood, Dawes enrollment card number (see entry 52), U.S. Court case number, CCCC case number, and some remarks relating to the decision of the CCCC. Some of the lists described in entry 84 have been annotated with CCCC case numbers. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA27 roll 1. (volume #001 and 100263).
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97. INDEX TO DOCKETS.

1903. 2 in.
There is one index for the South McAlester docket, one for Tishmingo, and one consolidated index.
Index to the dockets described in entries 98 and 99. The only information given is the CCCC case number and the Dawes enrollment card number. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA27 roll 1. (#05090=5. McAlester, 05091=Tishmingo, 05092=consolidated).
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98. GENERAL DOCKETS.

1903-1904. 2 vols. 4 in.
There is one docket for South McAlester and one docket for Tishmingo. Within each docket, entries are numerical by case number assigned chronologically by the date the case was opened. Indexed by surname of principal party.
A record of proceedings held by the CCCC. The information given for each case includes the names of all parties involved and their attorneys, the nature of the case (i.e. error or appeal), a chronological summary of papers filed and proceedings held, and references to the records described in entries 99 and 100. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA27 roll 2. (volume 11-3-35 and 35).
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99. APPEARANCE DOCKETS.

1902-1904. 2 vols. 4 in.
There are separate dockets for South McAlester and Tishomingo. Within each docket, cases are listed numerically. Indexed by surname of principal party.
A record ofproceedings held by the CCCC. The information given for each case includes the names of all parties and their attorneys and a summary of the orders, writs, and other documents filed with the CCCC. The summaries in these dockets are more detailed than those in the records described in entry 98. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA27 roll 2. (Volume 11-2-49 and 50).
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100. MINUTES.

1902-1904. 3 vols. 4 in.
There are two volumes for South McAlester and one for Tishomingo. Within each volume, entries are arranged chronologically. Indexed by surname of principal party.
A record of proceedings held at South McAlester from April to June, 1903 and May to December, 1904 and at Tishomingo from August, 1902 to December, 1904. The minutes generally provide a summary of the proceedings held each day and the text of judgments, oaths, and decrees. (Volume L3258, 11-3-59+L2336, and L2337).
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101. CASE FILES.

1902-1904. 17 ft.
Arranged by court (Tishomingo and South McAlester) and thereunder numerically by docket number assigned in chronological order by the date the case was opened.
Original papers filed in proceedings held by the CCCC including briefs, testimony, exhibits (i.e. marriage licenses), memorandum of arguments submitted by attorneys for the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, and the opinions of the court. There are also some genealogical reports and a "family tree." The case files have been microfilmed as 7RA324, rolls 1-20. (7NC-75-89-0011).
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Records Relating to the Identification of Mississippi Choctaws

Under article 14 of the Choctaw removal treaty of September 27, 1830 (7 Stat. 333)any Choctaw could remain in Mississippi as a citizen of the United States and receive 160 acres of land by registering with the Indian agent. The article further provided that persons claiming land in Mississippi did not "lose the privilege of a Choctaw Citizen." The Dawes Commission was required by an act of Congress of June 7, 1897 (30 Stat. 83) to investigate the right of the "Mississippi Choctaws" to enrollment and allotment. The Curtis Act of 1898 gave the Commission authority to "determine the identity of Choctaw Indians claiming rights" under article 14.

The Commission began sending field parties to Mississippi in December, 1900 to locate and "identify" Mississippi Choctaws and conducted hearings at Hattiesburg, Meridian, Philadelphia, Carthage, and Decatur. The Supplemental Agreement with the Choctaws which was ratified by an act of Congress of July 1, 1902 (32 Stat. 641) restricted the eligibility of mixed-bloods to persons who could prove that an ancestor made application for a patent to land under article 14 and required that anyone identified as a Mississippi Choctaw move to the Choctaw Nation to be enrolled and remain in residence for three years before receiving an allotment of land. In July, 1903, a Special Agent was sent to Meridian to assist "identified Mississippi Choctaws" with the relocation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs moved 264 Mississippi Choctaws to Atoka by train on August 13, 1903.

The Dawes Commission received 24,634 applications from all over the United States before the deadline of March 25, 1903 specified by the Supplemental Agreement of 1902. Children living as of March 4, 1906, whose parents were enrolled or had an application pending were enrolled under the act of Congress of April 26, 1906 (34 Stat. 137). See entry 606 of PI 163 for a description of records relating to the identification of Mississippi Choctaws. See also Charles E. Roberts, "The Dawes Commission and the Removal of the Mississippi Choctaws, 1903" American Society for Ethnohistory, 1985.

102. LETTERS SENT BY ENROLLMENT CLERKS.

1901. 3 vols. 3 in.
Arranged chronologically. Each volume has an index to addressees.
Press copies of letters sent by Charles H. Sawyer to the Chairman of the Dawes Commission relating to the identification of Mississippi Choctaws. Sawyer was detailed from the Commission's headquarters at Muskogee to Atoka in the Choctaw Nation to locate "delinquent Choctaws" (persons whose name appeared on the 1896 Choctaw roll but had not applied to the Commission for enrollment) and to investigate applications for enrollment by Mississippi Choctaws. The letters pertain to administrative matters and specific applications.
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103. LISTS OF CLAIMANTS UNDER THE TREATY OF 1830.

n.d. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
Three manuscript copies and one negative photostatic copy of lists of persons who remained in Mississippi under article 14 and claimed land. Each list generally includes the claimant's name, date of application, and the legal description of the land claimed. Some of the lists have been annotated with Dawes enrollment numbers and card numbers. Original lists of persons who remained in Mississippi under article 14 are described in entries 258-260 of PI 163. See also entries 523-527 for records relating to the reservation of land under the treaty of 1830. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA116. (Volume #100590, 05083, 300014, and 300008).
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104. INDEX TO SCRIP BOOKS.

n.d. 1 vol. 3 in.
Arranged alphabetically by first letter and first vowel of surname.
A handwritten index to "Mississippi Choctaws whose names appear in...scrip books." The scrip books referred to have not been located but appear to relate to persons who claimed land under the treaty of 1830. The only information given is the person's name. Records relating to "Choctaw Land Scrip" are described in entries 281-284 of PI 163. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA116. (Volume #108 A and B, 109 A and B from old box 405374).
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105. INDEX AND RECORDS OF TESTIMONY.

1899. 2 vols. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
Carbon copies of an index to Mississippi Choctaw applicants who appeared before the Dawes Commission from January 24 to February 10, 1899 in Carthage, Philadelphia, and Decatur, Mississippi and typed transcripts of the testimony given by the applicants. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA116. (volume 005=index and 006).
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106. INDEXES TO FIELD CARDS.

n.d. 2 vols. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically by surname.
One manuscript and one typed index to enrollment cards described in entry 52. The only information provided is the "field number." Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA116. (volume #100315).
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107. INDEXES TO APPLICANTS.

1902-1906. 5 vols. 2 in.
Arranged alphabetically by surname.
Handwritten indexes to applicants for enrollment under various acts of Congress in the following categories: identified and rejected; rejected and reviewed by the Secretary of Interior; decisions during the year ending June 30, 1903; applications for children whose parents were rejected; and New Born and Minor children. The indexes generally only provide a reference to the applicant's enrollment card and occasionally an enrollment number. (Volume #400020, 400025, 400028, 400019, and 400018.
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108. KINSHIP DIAGRAMS.

n.d. .5 in.
Unarranged.
Typed kinship diagrams submitted in evidence in the case of Scott S. Dumas at al as applicants for enrollment. The kinship diagrams were prepared to prove that the applicants were related to persons who made application for land under the treaty of 1830. The diagrams show the applicant's age, degree of Indian blood, and enrollment number. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA116. (Volume #03660=L2681).
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109. DECISIONS OF THE COMMISSION.

1902-1904. 14 vols. 2 ft.
Arranged chronologically by date of decision. The first volume contains an index to all applicants.
Carbon copies of decisions of the Dawes Commission on applications for identification as Mississippi Choctaws. The decision generally reviews the facts of the application. The Oklahoma Historical Society has a volume (number 28) which contains press copies of letters sent by the Dawes Commission from February 14 to 28, 1901 transmitting decisions refusing identification. (Volume L2903 to 2915).
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110. ROLL OF IDENTIFIED MISSISSIPPI CHOCTAWS.

1905. 1 vol. .5 in.
The names are arranged numerically by enrollment number with an alphabetical index.
A handwritten and a typed list of names of persons who were identified as Mississippi Choctaws. The information provided for each person includes enrollment number and card numbetr. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA116. (Volume #003).
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111. LISTS OF IDENTIFIED FULL-BLOOD MISSISSIPPI CHOCTAWS.

n.d. 2 vols. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically by surname.
The information given for each person includes enrollment card number, age, sex, post office address, county or parish of residence, and date of removal to the Choctaw Nation. The lists have been annotated to indicate persons who were removed at government expense, refused to remove, could not be located, or died prior to removal to the Choctaw Nation. Reproduced on microfilm 7RA116. (Volume 100323 and 100324).
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112. LISTS OF PERSONS REMOVED.

1904. .5 in.
Names of persons who removed are arranged alphabetically. Names of persons refusing to remove are arranged numerically by their identified roll number. A typed list of persons identified as Mississippi Choctaws who were removed from Mississippi and Louisiana at government expense under an act of Congress of March 3, 1903 (32 Stat. 982) and a list of persons who were identified but refused to remove. The information given for each person includes age, sex, post office address, county or perish of residence, and date of removal or identification. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA116. (Volume #100321 and 100322).
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113. ENROLLMENT CERTIFICATE STUBS.

1902-1906. 4 vols. 2 in.
There are separate volumes for the Chickasaw and Choctaw Land Offices. Within each volume, the stubs are arranged numerically by certificate number assigned chronologically by date issued.
Stubs of original enrollment certificates prepared on a printed form (Number 126) which were issued by the Choctaw or Chickasaw Land Office to Mississippi Choctaws eligible for allotments. The information given on the stub includes certificate number, date issued, enrollee's name and enrollment number, and the name of the person representing the enrollee (if any).
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RECORDS RELATING TO CREEK CITIZENSHIP

The District Courts of the Creek Nation exercised exclusive jurisdiction over applications for citizenship until 1883 when that power was conferred on the Creek National Council. In October, 1890, a Special Committee of the National Council was established to investigate the census rolls of each town, correct them where necessary, and make a final report to the National Council. On May 30, 1895, a Citizenship Commission was established to sit as a high court and rule on all applications for citizenship. In addition, another Special Committee was appointed to examine existing census rolls

The Dawes Commission received 1,356 applications for enrollment under the act of June 10, 1896, and enrolled 255. The U.S. Court for the Northern District of Indian Territory sitting at Muskogee subsequently enrolled 70 persons on appeal. Under the Curtis Act of 1898, the Commission began enrolling Creeks at Muskogee and Okmulgee in 1899 and sent numerous field parties throughout the Creek Nation. There was intense opposition to enrollment by the full-bloods who were commonly referred to as "Snakes" and many Creeks refused to apply for enrollment. On June 16, 1904, a special enrollment party was sent out to look for persons whose name appeared on the 1890 or 1895 Creek roll but who failed to apply to the Dawes Commission.

The Creek rolls were closed as of September 1, 1904, but were reopened by the acts of Congress of March 3, 1905, and April 26, 1906, to permit the enrollment of children. See Alexander Posey, " Journal of Creek Enrollment Party, 1905" in The Chronicles of Oklahoma (Volume 46 Number 1). See also Daniel F. Littlef ield, Jr., Africans and Creeks

114. LISTS OF APPLICANTS.

1895-1896. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically by surname.
A typed list of applicants considered by the Creek Citizenship Commission in 1895 and 1896. The information given for each applicant includes type of citizenship claimed, date of application, date of judgment, decision rendered, and a reference to a "Record Book" (see entry 116). The list has been annotated in blue pencil with the field numbers of Dawes enrollment cards (see entry 52). Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA68 roll 1. (Volume #100165 master index to vols 1, 2, and 3. vol 1 in entry 116).
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115. CITIZENSHIP COMMISSION DOCKET.

1895. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged numerically by case number assigned chronologically by the date the case was opened. Indexed by surname of applicant. A record of cases heard by the Citizenship Commission (sometimes referred to as the Colbert Commission) which gives the names of all persons involved in a case and occasionally a reference to the action taken. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA68 roll 1. (volume 82-8-7).
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116. CITIZENSHIP COMMISSION RECORD BOOKS.

1885-1888, 1895-1896. 1 vol and unbound material. 4 in.
Arranged in rough numerical order by case number.
A record of actions taken by the tribal Citizenship Commission on applications for citizenship. The information given for each case generally includes the text of the application, transcripts of testimony, and the Commission's recommendation. There are occasional references to the docket described in entry 115. Part of the record was prepared on unbound printed forms ("Census of the Non-Citizens of the Muskogee Nation Under Act of Council of November 6, 1893"). There is a list of persons (presumably non-citizens) which contains the person's name, age, and a description of their property. There are references to a volume 2 and 3 which have not been located. Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA68 rolls 1 and 2. (Volume #82-8-12 and 100166).
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117. LISTS OF APPLICANTS ADMITTED BY U.S. COURTS.

1902. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
Typed and handwritten lists of persons admitted to citizenship by the Dawes Commission or the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Indian Territory under the act of June 10, 1896. The list gives only the person's name and Dawes case number. Some of the lists have been annotated with field numbers of Dawes enrollment cards (see entry 52). Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA42. (Volume #008).
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117A. SEE 49B

118. INDEX TO 1898 APPLICANTS.

n.d. 3 vols. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
Three copies of a handwritten index to applicants for enrollment under the act of June 28, 1898. The only information given is a reference to enrollment application jackets. Reproduced on microfilm 7RA42. (Volume #036. 100172, and 100600. 036 retired to Muskogee for review 1-17-85).
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119. INDEXES TO UNENROLLED CREEKS.

1900. 2 vols.
Arranged alphabetically.
One typed index to Creeks on the authenticated roll of 1890 and one index to Creeks on the authenticated roll of 1895 who had not been enrolled by the Dawes Commission as of August 15, 1900. The information given for each person includes town of residence and the roll number from either the 1890 or 1895 roll (which are among the records described in entry 54). Reproduced on microfilm as 7RA42. (volume #2-5-9=1895 and 2-5-10=1890).
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120. LIST OF UNENROLLED CREEKS.

n.d. 92 pgs.
Arranged by tribal town.
A typed list of the names of Creeks who appeared on various tribal rolls but had not been enrolled by the Dawes Commission. The only information given is the person's name.
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120A. RECORDS RELATING TO "UNACCOUNTED FOR" CREEKS.

1902-1905. 4 in.
Arranged numerically (Evidence 1 to 132) by case number.
Correspondence relating to efforts by the Dawes Commission to determine the status of Creeks whose names appeared on earlier tribal rolls but who had not made an application under the act of 1898 and were considered to be "unaccounted for." Many of the case files include transcripts of testimony given to the Dawes Commission from 1903 to 1905 in Muskogee and some also include affidavits relating to the death of the individual in question. It appears that most of the people who were unaccounted for either died prior to the opening of the enrollment process or were enrolled under other names. (7NC-75-89-0015).
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120B. BIRTH AND DEATH AFFIDAVITS FOR CREEKS.

1899-1907. 2 ft.
Arranged in two groups (Freedmen and Citizens by Blood) and thereunder numerically by enrollment number. Original notarized birth and death affidavits prepared on printed forms. The information given includes the person's name, place of residence, and date of birth or death. There are also statements by relatives, acquaintances, doctors, or a midwife. Many of the affidavits have been annotated with deed numbers. (7NC-75-89-0015). Sample of birth affidavit.
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121. MISCELLANEOUS INDEXES.

1902-1906. 9 vols. 1 ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Handwritten indexes in small pocket-size books for various enrollment categories including: citizens by blood, freedmen, minors, and newborns. The indexes generally give only the enrollee's name and roll number or card number. (volume #035 to 044).
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122. LISTS OF APPLICANTS.

1900-1907. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
Typed lists of Creeks whose names appear on various tribal rolls and applicants for whom birth or death affidavits were submitted. Some of the lists have been annotated with enrollment card numbers. (Volume #005 to 026).
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123. INDEX TO FREEDMEN ENROLLMENT CARDS.

1898. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
A handwritten index to the "Old Series" of Freedmen enrollment cards described in entry 124. (volume #100607).
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124. ENROLLMENT CARDS ("OLD SERIES").

1898. 7 ft.
Arranged numerically by card number.
Original enrollment cards prepared from the authenticated 1895 Creek census. Each card contains the names of the members of a family group and each person's age, sex, degree of Indian blood, post office address, district or town of residence, 1895 payroll number, and relationship to the head of the family group. The card also includes remarks about names used on earlier rolls and actions taken by the Dawes Commission and references to the field numbers of the enrollment cards described in entry 52. (FRC #413432-5 and Freedmen=413436-7).
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These cards are very usefull to the genealogist because they list blood percentages and names that are often different from the final Dawes Creek Enrollment card and they record many people who had died before the Dawes Enrollment (1899+). The card number is listed in the 1895 Creek Payroll (microfilm 7RA-12, rolls 1 & 2).    More about the Creek "Old Series" cards.

125. RECORD OF ENROLLMENT.

n.d. 3 in.
Arranged numerically by field number.
A record prepared on a printed paper form similar to an enrollment card which contains the names of all members of a family group and remarks about actions taken by the Dawes Commission. The field numbers on these cards o not match the numbers on the cards described in either entry 52 or 124.
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126. LETTERS SENT REQUESTING SUPPLEMENTAL PROOF.

August 3-30, 1901. 1 vol. 1 in.
Arranged chronologically by date sent with an index to addressees.
Press copies of letters sent by the Dawes Commission to applicants for enrollment of children requesting supplemental proof.
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126A. DISMISSED APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT.

1906. 4 in.
Arranged numerically (Dis 1 to Dis 41).
Correspondence between the Dawes Commission and the Secretary of Interior about "alleged applications" from persons claiming to be Creek. Some of the cases include transcripts of testimony taken from June to August, 1906 in Muskogee and copies of letters from applicants. Most of the applicants claim to be Creek Freedmen and all were rejected because there was no record that they had filed an application within the time limits prescribed by the various acts of Congress controlling enrollment. (7NC-75-89-0015). (Some pathetic letters).
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RECORDS RELATING TO SEMINOLE CITIZENSHIP

The enrollment of the Seminoles was done in accordance with an agreement with the tribal government that was ratified by an act of Congress of July 1, 1898 (30 Stat. 567). The Dawes Commission used the 1897 Seminole census as the basis for determining eligibility and completed the bulk of the enrollment work in July and August, 1898. The act of Congress of March 3, 1905 (33 Stat. 1048) provided for the enrollment of children living as of March 4, 1905 whose parents were enrolled. See Daniel F. Littlefield, Jr., Africans and Seminoles (Westport, 1977).

127. INDEX TO NEWBORNS.

1905. 1 vol. .5 in.
Arranged alphabetically.
A handwritten index to persons enrolled under the act of March 3, 1905. The only information given is the person's name, enrollment number, and census card number. (#100555).
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128. ENROLLMENT SCHEDULES.

1900. 2 in.
Arranged numerically by enrollment number.
Handwritten schedules prepared on printed forms of names of persons enrolled as Seminole Citizens by Blood and Seminole Freedmen. The information given for each person includes age, sex, band name, roll number from the 1897 Seminole census, post office address, and parents' names and 1897 roll number. The enrollment schedules entry 56 were prepared from these handwritten schedules and contain the same information with the exception of the parents' names. (Volume 3-4-46).
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