If I am Canadian born and hold a recognized band card from Canada do I have Dual Citizenship based on the Jay Treaty?
The Jay Treaty does not give Canadian born Natives citizenship to the United States. The Jay Treaty allows these individuals to freely cross the border; reside and work in the United States; and collect benefits such as Social Security and TANF so long as you meet the governments requirements.
The definition of citizenship is: "a member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to it by birth or naturalization"paraphrased from Websters New World Dictionary copywright 1990,1995 by Simon &Schuster
Do I have to give up my Canadian Status Card if I become a member of the Mi'kmaq Nation?
No. You can be a member of the Mi'kmaq Nation as well as a member of a Tribe in Canada.
Can I transfer my membership from another Micmac Tribe to the Mi'kmaq Nation?
No. The only way to become a member of the Mi'kmaq Nation is to apply for membership and meet all requirements.
Can I be a member of more than one Federally Recognized Tribe in the United States?
No. While you may be eligible for membership with more than one U.S. Tribe, you must choose which Tribe you obtain membership with.
What services are given once I become a member?
Once you become a member you would be entitled to, including but not limited to, the following:
- Voting Rights within the Tribe as outlined in the By-laws
- Health Care Services
- Tuition Waiver for Higher Education in Maine
- Housing as determined by eligibility and availability
In order to receive direct service benefits most programs require that the members reside within Aroostook County. All services offered by the Mi'kmaq Nation are detailed within the web site
There is a common misconception that being a member of an Indian Tribe allows an individual to receive a monetary disbursement. While some Tribes are capable of providing their members with this type of compensation, through economic development ventures, not all Tribe's are able to provide this service. The Mi'kmaq Nation does not provide this service to its members at this time.