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Enrollment Office
 
Tribal Enrollment Instructions

Pamunkey Indians consider our tribe to consist of individuals who have a common Pamunkey ancestry AND social contact with current Pamunkey Tribal citizens.

Ancestry

As a sovereign nation, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe determines its citizenship based on direct lineal descent from a historical Pamunkey Indian as identified on two possible lists. Direct lineal descent is the relationship between an individual and their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great great-grandparents, etc. No other relative, especially by marriage, is considered a direct lineal descent relationship. Likewise, the Tribe will not consider reservation residency or social contact with known Pamunkey Indians as evidence of direct lineal descent.

The primary option for an applicant is to provide documented ancestry via birth certificates to a historical list of Pamunkey Indians dating to the early 1900’s (List 1) and provide documentation of social contact with Pamunkey tribal citizens. Chief and Council will review and decide.

If an applicant cannot prove ancestry to List 1, they can provide genealogical evidence of ancestry to an earlier list of Historical Members of the Historical Pamunkey Indian Tribe dating to the late 1700’s and early 1800’s (List 2). Such evidence must be provided directly to the Tribe by a qualified genealogist approved by the Chief and Council. The Tribe’s genealogist will then review the evidence and recommend to the Chief and Council for a decision. If an applicant can show financial need and can provide sufficient evidence that they may descend from a Pamunkey Indian on List 2, the Chief and Council will provide a one-time financial grant of up to $2,500 (subject to available funds), to assist the applicant in retaining a professional genealogist acceptable to Chief and Council.

Social Contact

As a sovereign nation, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe determines its citizenship based on direct lineal descent from a historical Pamunkey Indian as identified on two possible lists. Direct lineal descent is the relationship between an individual and their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great grandparents and so on. No other relative, especially by marriage, is considered a direct lineal descent relationship. Likewise, the Tribe will not consider reservation residency or social contact with known Pamunkey Indians as evidence of direct lineal descent.

The primary option for an applicant is to provide documented ancestry via birth certificates to a historical list of Pamunkey Indians dating to the early 1900’s (List 1) and also provide documentation of social contact with Pamunkey tribal citizens. Chief and Council will review and make a decision.

Special Tribal Statement

The individual known and/or self-proclaimed as Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bigbay (or other variations of this name) and also known as William McRae, is not associated in any manner with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe nor the Pamunkey Tribal Government, despite statements made by this individual and/or others, either spoken or written, to include the Facebook identity, “Pamunkey Nation” and the Internet domains “pamunkeytribe.org,” “pamunkeytribe.net,” “pamunkeytribe.com,” “pamunkeynation.org,” “pamunkeynation.net” and “pamunkeynation.com.” This individual’s use of images and other copyrighted material associated with the Pamunkey Indian Tribe/Nation is not approved by the Pamunkey Indian Tribe. The Pamunkey Tribe also does not recognize as members other persons who claim association with this individual. The public is encouraged to research this individual’s history on the Internet to learn more.

Enrollment

How do I obtain an application for enrollment?

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or

Send a letter stating your request along with a self-addressed stamped envelope (at least 4-1/8” x 9-1/2”) to:

Pamunkey Tribal Enrollment Office
1054 Pocahontas Trail
King William, VA 23086


Does the Enrollment Office provide assistance with ancestry research?

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe does not provide ancestry research assistance. We do not provide telephone or e-mail contact information for individual citizenship inquiries simply because we don’t have the paid staff to manage the task.


Does the Enrollment Office or Council accept documentation from ancestry websites?

No, documentation from ancestry websites like Ancestry.com will not be accepted.


Does the Enrollment Office provide assistance with completing the application?

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe does not provide assistance with completing the application. We do not provide telephone or e-mail contact information for individual citizenship inquiries simply because we don’t have the paid staff to manage the task.


How do I submit an application?

All applications must be MAILED to:

Pamunkey Tribal Enrollment Office
1054 Pocahontas Trail
King William, VA 23086


How long does it take to receive a response after I submit an enrollment application?

Please allow a minimum of 60 days for a response to your application, as applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. You will receive a letter stating your acceptance or denial.


Is there an application fee?

Yes, there is a $50 fee (check or money order) for all applications, unless otherwise stated. This fee must accompany the application. Fees sent to the Tribe without an attached application will be considered unsolicited and will be donated to the Pamunkey Indian Museum.


If I am denied enrollment, will my application fee be returned?

No, your application fee will not be returned under any circumstances.


My previous application was denied, but I would like to submit a new application. Will I need to pay the application fee again?

Yes, the application fee is required for all applications, unless otherwise stated.


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