The Lipan Apache Tribe Community Page
(Frequently Asked Questions)

1. I believe my ancestor was Lipan Apache. How do I find out more?

We are sorry. The Lipan Apache Tribe's office does not research Lipan descent for people. Member information including their genealogies are confidential. We also cannot recommend any genealogist who specialize in this type of research. Be aware that even if you find that you are of Lipan Apache descent, this will not guarantee that you can apply for membership in the Tribe. Read FAQ #2 below.

2. How do I enroll in the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas?

NOTE from the Tribal Council: Enrollment is currently closed for all families including relatives of members and it is uncertain when the Tribal Council will vote to open enrollment again. When we are accepting applications again, members will be notified through the e-newsletter and the news with instructions will be posted on the Community page of our website.

The Tribe accepts enrollments only on a periodic basis. When the Tribe opens enrollment, instructions on how to enroll will be posted on our website. There is no fee to apply for enrollment. Our Tribal enrollment is based on descendancy, not blood quantum.

3. How do I get a Tribal ID?

You must be an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe in order to have a Tribal ID card. In order to apply for the card, you must also have your assigned tribal identification number. If you do not know your number, you can retrieve it by emailing us at and requesting a look-up.

To request an ID card application, email your name, tribal identification number, current home address, and phone number to time cards cost $20 each. Remember, ID cards are optional for our members.

Questions about Tribal IDs? Contact: Robert Soto.

4. What benefits am I eligible for as an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas?

The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas is a State-Recognized tribe. And although we are working towards this goal, our tribe is not yet federally recognized. Therefore, we do not qualify for much of the support available to members of federally acknowledged tribes. As a Tribal member, your most important benefit is supporting our community and honoring your ancestors by preserving and sharing our culture, language, history, and traditions. Although the State of Texas does not provide benefits to our members, there are still some benefits you may be eligible for:

(a) Scholarships. There are scholarship opportunities available to members of State-recognized tribes. Information about this can be found on the website on the Home page and under the Education tab or go directly to Check the website often, since it is updated as information on new scholarship opportunities becomes available. Visit the linked websites of organizations that are providing the scholarships. These organizations provide contact information if you have specific questions about the scholarships.
(b) Possible health benefits for Tribal members who are not Texas residents. In some states, the Indian Health Service will provide low cost or free health services to members of State-recognized tribes but this varies from state to state, so you will need to check with your local Indian Health Service office.

5. As an enrolled member, how can I help the Tribe?

Stay informed. Check the website often. Donations are needed in order to continue our work for you. You can donate safely online with your PayPal account or credit card at If you have questions, comments or suggestions, contact a Tribal Council member. Offer to volunteer your skills. Represent your Tribe proudly to the outside world.

6. How can I learn more about Lipan Apache culture and language?

For basic information about Lipan culture, click the Museum tab on the Home page. You can also read Nancy McGown Minor's book The Light Gray People. For questions and information about Lipan language, contact: David Gohre or Linda Walking Woman.

7. Where is the Tribal Museum and Culture Center?

The Tribal Museum and Culture Center are located to McAllen, TX, housed in the Native Cultural Center with the Tribe's central office. Donations and volunteers are needed for McAllen's Native Cultural Center. Visits to the Cultural Center are by appointment only. If you want to visit the museum, contact Vice-Chairman Robert Soto.

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Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
P.O. Box 5218
McAllen, Texas 78502