The Sustain Oneida Initiative continues to gather more information on the membership’s perspective of using blood quantum as an enrollment criteria. If you would like to participate, please take a brief survey by clicking the link below:
The current blood quantum enrollment requirement places Oneida on the path to extinction. Blood quantum is not a sustainable enrollment solution because:
According to Oneida Enrollment records, the enrolled citizenship of Oneida is expected to decline within the next 10 years. The Tribe currently faces a shrinking population with the enrollment criteria of 1/4 Oneida blood.
Only 42% of all enrolled Oneida citizens had at least ½ Oneida blood at the end of 2013. Only 23% of new Oneida enrollees in 2013 had at least ½ blood degree.
What Sustain Oneida has done so far
To understand the Oneida Nation’s thoughts and opinions on Enrollment criteria we had sent a survey to all Oneida members aged 18 and older in May 2018. See below for the survey results.
To increase awareness of enrollment/identity issues and trends in Oneida we have:
Hosted a Summit in 2013 and 2015 to foster dialogue and gather input from the community on identity, enrollment, and what it means to be Oneida. Results were gathered and analyzed and are being used for future planning activities.
Published a series of newspaper articles in the Kalihwisaks and DRUMS newsletter. These have included guest writers and information on other tribes like Klamath and White Earth. We are currently republishing the series in the newspaper.
Conducted interviews of Oneida citizens, tribal council members, high school and middle school youth groups. Gathered their ideas about community, engagement and enrollment. Published findings in the
Kalihwisaks and DRUMS.
Responsibility as Oneida
We are all Oneida. It is our responsibility to preserve the Oneida Nation for future generations. In order to do this we must:
Understand the reality of the Oneida Nation’s population numbers.
Examine tribal citizen eligibility rates, issues and concerns.
Begin serious discussions about redefining tribal enrollment
Learn about and discuss all alternative enrollment options.
Maintain an environment of openness to discuss the long-term sustainability of the Oneida Nation.
Continue discussions/dialogue so that all voices can be heard. This way we can move forward together as a Nation.
We will continue to share information on this topic via the Kalihwisaks, posted to our website and at future GTC meetings. Your input is needed and valued! Here is where you can begin the dialogue:
John Danforth: Project Specialist
Sustain Oneida Presentation There are no brown bags schedule at this time
Article 1: Sustain Oneida Article 2: Blood Quantum Article 3: The Iroquois Clan System Article 4: AlterNative Belonging Article 5: Longhouse Article 6: Kiel Article 7: Panindianism Multitribal Identity Article 8: Summit Redux Article 9: Recap Article 10: White Earth Article 11: Interviews Part1 Article 12: Interviews Part2