According to our Tribal Constitution, to be eligible for enrollment with the Chinook Indian Nation, you must have established documentation that you are a descendant of ancestors listed on one of the following:
- McChesney Roll*
- Roeblin Roll**
- Annuity Payment Roll of 1914***
When new applications come in, the staff researches that application and present their findings to the Enrollment Committee. The Enrollment Committee checks over all of the research and determines whether the applicants are eligible for enrollment. All eligible applications are presented by the Enrollment Committee to the Tribal Council for final enrollment into the Tribe. These “Enrollment Sessions” are currently taking place twice a year, in April and in November.
Just for your assurance regarding enrollment records… the Enrollment Officer and Office Staff maintain all the enrollment files in a computer database as well as the original applications and research in fire safe locking files in the Tribal Office. All office staff must sign confidentiality agreements before they work with enrollment files.
Enrollment Committee Members:
Chair - Gina Rife
Vice Chair -Jessica Lorton
Secretary Jennifer Lagergren
Marcheta Van Patten, Jody Abing, Tammy Davies, Tony Johnson and Christine McClure.
Download an application to join this committee
* In 1906, Indian Agent Charles McChesney conducted a survey of Indians in Washington and Oregon
** In 1919, Indian Agent Charles Roblin created a list or schedule of unenrolled Indians in Western Washington who could trace their ancestry to treaty tribes. These people are people who were not listed in MCChesney's
*** Annuity Payment Roll of 1914, a list of Chinook people who received Annunity payments in 1914