1.  What is the difference between the census card and membership
cards?

The census card is the initial card you should receive.  It is a tan
colored card that contains your name and your roll number.  It signifies
you have applied with The Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri
Inc.   The membership card is a brightly colored and laminated card
with a Lost Cherokee/Cherokees on the Arkansas River seal.  This also
contains your name and roll number, and certifies that The Lost
Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Inc. have reviewed your
application and certified that it meets the criteria for our group.  At this
point you are an official member and if we have received your
validation form, your name will be submitted with all other members
on any documentation sent to the BIA regarding federal recognition.



2.  Where are my cards?!?

Census cards are typed up as time allows and several are sent out each
day, there are thousands of files here, and they are worked mostly by
volunteer help, so if your brother and his wife received their cards two
weeks ago and you sent in your application at the same time don’t
necessarily expect your cards to come in at the same time theirs did.  
As soon as your file entered the office you were given a roll number
and logged into the computer.  If you haven’t received a card you can
always call us and we’ll look up your number for you.

Membership cards are done in order of submission.  Certification to
BIA and Lost Cherokee standards takes a longer amount of time.  
Occasionally, we might try to contact you for more information if your
file lacks enough documentation to be certified.  This will be done by
phone or by a card you may receive through the mail.

3.  If we are trying to be federally recognized, what have we done and
where do we stand?

The Code of Federal Regulations 25, part 87 specifies the exact
criteria that a group must meet to become a federally recognized tribe.  
The steps are as follows:  The group submits its historical argument,
membership files, and electronic family tree to the BIA Office of
Acknowledgement.  Next, the BIA returns to the group a Technical
Assistance letter stating any deficiencies with the Petition (this is
where we currently are).  Following this the group reprocesses its
information and tries to correct anything the TA letter said was wrong
and sends the information back to the BIA in Washington again.  At this
point the BIA reviews the new submission and sends the group a
second TA letter, outlining anything that needs to be cleared up with the
submission.  The group then reworks its petition again and prepares for
the final stage.  The petition is submitted once more, for a final time,
and is placed on what the BIA calls “active status”.  This is the final
review and the government at this point makes the final decision to
deny or accept The Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Inc. as a
federally recognized Indian Tribe.

We hope to have the files certified, the Family Tree complete, and a
comprehensive historical argument ready for a second TA letter by the
middle of 2009.

4.  Can cards be used for benefits in Oklahoma and other places?

Probably not.  We are not a federally recognized tribe as of yet and the
cards cannot be used with the Cherokee in Oklahoma or with any other
tribe.  We have heard rumors of people getting some random benefits at
different places, but this cannot be confirmed.  Do not expect to be able
to use your cards until federal recognition.

5.  Do we still have land in Jerusalem, Arkansas?

Yes we do, any rumor you have heard otherwise are lies planted by the
self-proclaimed Jr. Council/Chickamaugas.

6.  Why are there lawsuits?  What caused the splits?  Who is the
“Oversight Committee”?  Who is in the “Dover Bunch”?  Who are the
“Junior Councilmen”?  What can be done about these groups?  Are they
hurting our chance for recognition?

Information about splinter groups can be found in the
Facts Not
Hearsay section of this website, and occasionally on the news and
archives pages.


7.  When will elections be held?

Once Federal Recognition is realized.  Until federal recognition all
council and headman titles are honorary.  Under the criteria for federal
recognition a government template must be set up, and this is the
purpose of these titles.  The Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri
Inc. is the holding company for the interests of any future Arkansas
Cherokees/Cherokees on the Arkansas River Tribe.  The purpose of the
corporation is to receive federal recognition for those who have
applied to the group.  
1.  What is the difference between the census card and membership cards?
2.  Where are my cards?!?
3.  If we are trying to be federally recognized, what have we done and where
do we stand?
4.  Can cards be used for benefits in Oklahoma and other places?
5.  Do we still have land in Jerusalem, Arkansas?
6.  Why are there lawsuits?  What caused the splits?  Who is the “Oversight
Committee”?  Who is in the “Dover Bunch”?  Who are the “Junior
Councilmen/Chickamaugas”?  What can be done about these groups?  Are
they hurting our chance for recognition?
7.  When will elections be held?
FAQs
Lost Cherokee of
Arkansas and
Missouri Inc.
Mailing Address:
2201 Washington Ave. Ste 3
Conway, AR 72032
Phone: (501) 932-0928  
Fax: (501) 932-0929
Email: office@lost-cherokee.com