The Enrollment Department was established in the early 1950s. It was the tribe’s first membership service program. The department was formed to document membership so the tribe could petition the United States government for federal recognition. Since then, the tribe has grown to nearly 40,000 members across the world.
The Enrollment Department, which oversees the tribal member enrollment and maintains its database, offers tribal member services: tribal membership cards, tuition waiver certifications, blood quantum certifications, relinquishment requests, enrollment of children, update address changes, assist in the process of obtaining a treaty fishing license, family genealogy, eagle feather permits and form BIA-4432 (indian preference forms).
In February 1998, the membership rolls for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe closed to all adults.
The biological minor children of full bonifide members are still being enrolled. To enroll a minor child, at least one biological parent must be enrolled with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe as a full bonifide member. The enrolled tribal parent must fill out an enrollment applicationand submit a copy of the child’s courthouse birth certificate (or state copy). Enrollment does not accept hospital birth records. The information can then be mailed, e-mailed, faxed or brought to the Enrollment Department. Please allow one to two weeks for the child’s tribal card to arrive in the mail. There is no fee to enroll the minor children under the age of 18.
In 2011, the Tribal Membership Ordinance was amended to include applications for persons who were unable to trace ancestry due to sealed child custody records, unrecognized paternity, or out-of-home placements. These applicants must still be able to trace their ancestry pursuant to Section 11.106 of the Membership Ordinance. These applications are subject to a $25 non-refundable application fee.
On November 4, 2014, the Tribal Membership Ordinance was amended to allow biological children of full bona fide members under the age of 21 to apply for membership. Applicants that are over 18 and under the age of 21 must fill out the enrollment application.These applicants are subject to the $25 non refundable application fee. Applicants in this category will be required to furnish the documentation proving their Native Ancestry. An enrolled relative can sign a release form to allow the applicant access to the documentation in their file to complete the applicant's application. Please contact the Enrollment Department for more information or to have an application mailed to you.
- Card Renewal for Expired Card: $5
- Replacement of Unexpired Card: $20
- Tuition Waiver Certification: $15
- Blood Quantum Certification: $15
- Copy of File Documentation: $5
Forms of payment
- Money orders (made out to Sault Tribe Enrollment), Credit/Debit card (Discover, Master Card, VISA) or cash. Sorry, no personal checks.
The Enrollment Building is located on the Sault Ste. Marie Reservation, just south of the Kewadin Casino and Hotel Convention Center.
Sault Tribe Enrollment Department
PO Box 1628
2428 Shunk Rd
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783