My mother and I are estranged. It isn’t that she did some wild crazy stunt like drive me to my aunts in California and stop and some random person house she met in online in LA and not tell a single person we were going there. I mean she did to that but that is not why we are estranged. She is broken in her mind. She won’t get help and none of my family will help her get help. They do not respect that I have grown into a normal healthy individual who makes decision based on what is best for myself rather then for them. If it were up to my family birds would fly and then come back to the same nest to start the next generation. Talk about over crowding.
So my mother messed something up and we couldn’t get our Indian Blood Cards. What she said about the whole doesn’t matter. What does matter is that she was completely wrong.
I know the facts now and that is all the matters. If you are one of the five civilized tribes recognized by the US government and you can trace your heritage back to the last person to register with the tribe then you can also get an Indian Blood Card. All you need is the long form birth certificate of each person including the person to last register. In my case that was my mother. So I just needed her birth certificate and my birth certificate. Texas state doesn’t issue a short form birth certificate, just incase your wondering. Long form birth certificates usually include the race, age, possibly even the type of employment of your parents at the time of your birth.
Then you can find your nations website and fill out the application form and you can send in all the original birth certificates and you will get your Indian Blood Card. It takes awhile for all the paper work to go through. It is well worth the wait though.
What can an Indian Blood Card do for you. I am not 100% sure but I do believe this is the same for most tribes. My tribe in Indian Blood Card will help you get a job at some places like Indian ran casinos. You can get help financing a house. Some people qualify to live in nice retirement communities. You get free preventive health, dental and vision. Depending on where you live you may even be able to get free or low cost hospital trips or urgent care type of health care covered. You can get scholarships for school. There are Indian schools you can get live at while you go to school for free. Once your in college and have finished the first semester you can even get money for clothes, how much is based on your grades.
That is an outrageous use of the taxpayers money you say. Well, I would like to proudly inform you that my tribe gets very little federal funding and the red tape attached to makes it not useful to most Native Americans. So my tribe has become essential a nation within a nation. Most of the money spent by them is made by them. So thank you for your last trip to the casino but your tax dollars are not being spent willy nilly by the Native Americans.
Thinking it must be nice to live so close to my reservation. Not quite, I live on the West Coast and my tribe is smack dab in the middle of the US. Yet, there is a healthy clinic less then 30 minutes away from my house. Several in fact in the state I live in. I can still get help to pay for college and housing loans without living close. So that is all the facts I have learned about the Native American community. I am very excited about getting. Not because I will be getting benefits but because I will then be able to get one for my daughter. With that comes peace of mind that should we need help with healthcare or education for our daughter we will have somewhere to turn. Going without that help all my life I truly understand how much that means. I am eternally grateful and have already offered my services to my tribe. I hope to also do more for them in the future.
If you have any questions about getting your Indian Blood Card contact me.