Membership Criteria and Requirements

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s enrollment criteria are set forth in the Tribe’s governing documents; Tribal Constitution and Membership Ordinance. Such governingdocuments are adopted by the Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council and membership.

Pursuant to Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution, membership of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe shall consist of any person:


A. Whose name appears on the original base roll dated September 18, 1980, or applied for and was approved for membership under the Open Enrollment Act of 1994, Public Law 103-357; or

B. Who is a direct lineal descendant or a collateral Yaqui blood relation to a member listed in letter
    (A) of this section; and

C. Who possesses at least one-quarter (1/4) degree Pascua Yaqui Indian Blood; and

D. Who is a United States Citizen; and

E. Applies for and is granted membership under the laws of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and consistent with this section.


Definitions:
Direct Lineal Descendant - Means one who is the descendant in a straight line from an ancestor who is or was a Pascua Yaqui tribal member.

Collateral Relatives - Shall consist of siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins who are a blood relation to a member listed on the Original Base or Current Roll, collectively referred to as the Membership Roll of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and they possess a minimum of one-quarter (1/4) Yaqui blood and are citizens of the United States.

Blood Quantum - Means a specific blood degree of Pascua Yaqui blood required to meet membership requirements.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:
In order for an application to be considered (accepted) by the Enrollment Department, the application must be completed in its entirety and must contain sufficient personal information to properly determine the applicant’s eligibility for enrollment.

Applications must include the following:

a) All names by which the applicant is known;

b) The current address of the applicant; and, applicants have a continued responsibility to notify the Enrollment Department of any address change.

c) A family tree that consists of the names of all known Yaqui ancestors and blood relatives whose names appear on the membership roll.

d) The application must be accompanied by the original or certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate or birth document; and, if born outside the United States, proof of United States citizenship.

e) A collateral blood relation applicant must submit additional documentation as defined by definition.

f) If the Enrollment Department has just cause to believe a document has been altered or amended, or conflicts with other documents/records, the applicant/member may volunteer to submit to DNA testing, at his or her cost. Failure to comply may result in disqualification. 

g) Do not leave any of the questions blank, if unknown indicate “Unknown” or “NA – Not Applicable”

h) Use blue or black ink ONLY.

i) Do NOT use white out. If you’ve made an error cross-out and initial or request another form.

j) The application must be notarized.

DOCUMENTATION CHECK LIST:
Below are the recommended documents to be submitted. All documents must be ORIGINALS, to authenticate and confirm the document has not been altered.
PART A -
Documents used to Establish United States Citizenship (one or more):

✔Certificate of Naturalization (FRM N-550, N570)
✔ Certificate of Citizenship (FRM N-560, N-561)
✔ Department of State Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240, DS-1350, F-545)
✔Valid (unexpired) US Passport
✔ Certified State issued Birth Certificate
✔ Certified State issued Death Certificate
✔ PYT - accepted baptismal certificate issued by a recognized church
✔Hospital issued Birth Certificate

PART B -
Documents to Establish Identity - may include (one or more) of the above documents:

✔ US Military Identification Card
✔ Valid state issued driver’s license or identification card (excluding temporary or learner’s permit)
✔ Federal, State, or municipal government-issued document depicting marriage, divorce and/or other name changes
✔Federal, State, or municipal government-issued document
✔ Social security card

PART C -
Documents used to Establish Parentage - may include (one or more) of the above documents in part A.

✔ Certified State issued Birth Certificate
✔ Certified State issued Death Certificate
✔ PYT - accepted baptismal certificate issued by a recognized church
✔ Hospital issued Birth Certificate
✔ DNA results to establish family relationship
✔ Court documents

PART D -
Documents used to Establish a Collateral Family Relationship(s):


✔ Certified State issued Birth Certificate
✔ Certified State issued Death Certificate
✔ PYT - accepted baptismal certificate issued by a recognized church
✔ Hospital issued Birth Certificate
✔ DNA results to establish family relationship
✔ Court documents
✔ Affidavits:

PART E - Adoptions
Children who are adopted must meet the membership criteria established in Article III of the Constitution and must prove their Pascua Yaqui blood lines through one or more of their biological parents.


✔ Adoption Records
✔ Birth Records; establishment of paternity/maternity


For further information contact the Enrollment Department (520) 879-6242.

Click Here for SAMPLE Enrollment Application, NOT FOR OFFICIAL USE This Document is for Viewing Purposes Only


Below are samples which show illustrative examples of Blood Quantums, Click on the images to view larger samples.

Most Common Blood Quantums

 



 

Computation Chart for determining the Degree of Pascua Yaqui Blood