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Enrollment & Descendants


Individuals who want to enroll with the Oneida Nation must possess at least ¼ Oneida blood and meet the qualifications as established by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Oneida Nation and the Membership Ordinance.

The Oneida Trust Enrollment Committee reviews Enrollment Applications semi-annually. Enrollment Applications Received:

August 1 to January 31 – reviewed in February
February 1 to July 31 – reviewed in August

Membership Ordinance

Enrollment Application


Descendants are individuals born from enrolled Oneida members but who do not meet the eligibility requirements for enrollment with the Oneida Nation.  To be recognized as a Descendant, documentation must prove that the individual lineally descends from an ancestor who is or was a member of the Oneida Nation.  Descendant Certifications are used for assistance at the Oneida Health Center and/or other programs.
Descendant Application (for new applicants)

Descendant Reissue (for established descendants)

Family Tree Request



Enrolled Oneida tribal members may voluntarily relinquish their membership from the Oneida Nation through the following method:

Adults (18+)

Minors (under 18)

  • Relinquishment of children may only be considered for purposes of enrollment into another federally recognized Tribe or Band.
  • Children may only be relinquished at the request of the Oneida parent who has submitted a notarized relinquishment form on the child’s behalf.
  • The Trust Enrollment Department will verify that an application for enrollment was submitted on the child’s behalf with another Tribe.

Relinquishment of Members with Trust Accounts

  • If a member with a trust account relinquishes their membership from the Oneida Nation, their trust account will be deposited to a joint savings account is in the name of the individual and the Oneida Trust Enrollment Committee pursuant to Per Capita law.
  • The relinquished individual may claim the entire balance of the joint-savings account; however, claiming the balance of the joint savings account shall be pursuant to the Per Capita law.
  • If the relinquished individual refuses to claim their joint savings account or fails to meet the distribution deadlines, the remaining balance may be liquidated pursuant to the Per Capita law.
  • See section 123.5-4 of the Per Capita Law for more details

The Oneida Trust Enrollment Committee will review requests for relinquishment at their semi-annual new enrollment meetings.

Upon approval by the Oneida Trust Enrollment Committee, the requests are submitted to the Oneida Business Committee for final approval.

NOTE: Re-enrollment of an individual may be considered through the current enrollment process. Re-enrollees are not entitled to the per capita payments they missed while relinquished.

DNA Testing

Paternity or Sibling DNA testing is available through the Trust Enrollment Department for the purpose of enrollment, descendant, or blood degree increase with the Oneida Nation for individuals that are over age 18.

Fee: $24 per person tested  (Money Order Only)

DNA testing is by appointment only. Contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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