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?

UPDATE NOTE from the GC: Enrollment is currently closed for all families including relatives of members. It is uncertain when enrollment will open again for family members of certified Tribe members, maybe by January 2017 and possibly sooner. when we are accepting applications again, members will be notified through the e-newsletter and the news with forms and instructions will be posted on the Community page of our website. At this time, we have not determined if we will ever open enrollment again for new families, that is families who do not have a close relative who is already a member of the Tribe. Should we decide to do this, it will not be soon and the news will be posted on our website.

The Tribe accepts enrollments only on a periodic basis. When the Tribe opens enrollment, the forms are available to download from the website. Just scroll down to the bottom of the Home page. There is no fee to apply for enrollment. Our Tribal enrollment is based on descendancy, not blood quantum, so if you are directly related to someone who is already enrolled with our Tribe, you are also eligible for enrollment. However, you will still need to submit an application and we can only process your application during an Open Enrollment period.


3. How do I get a Tribal ID?

You must be an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas in order to receive a Tribal ID. When you receive your Enrollment Certificate, you will also receive a Tribal ID form. Just complete the form and return it along with a passport photo and a processing fee. Questions about Tribal IDs? Contact:


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 which is working toward the goal of Federal Acknowledgment. As a Tribal member, your most important benefit is the opportunity to preserve and share information about your heritage, culture and traditions. Although the State of Texas does not currently provide benefits to members of its recognized tribes, 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 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. For more indept questions on our Tribe's history, contact: For questions and information about Lipan language, contact: or


7. Where is the Tribal Museum and Culture Center?

The Tribal Museum and Culture Center have been relocated to McAllen, TX, and are now housed in the Native Cultural Center with the Tribe's central office. Donations and volunteers are needed for McAllen's Native Cultural Center. Until renovations are complete, visits to the Cultural Center are by appointment. For questions and information on the "new" Native Cultural Center, contact the Vice-Chairman Robert Soto at

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Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas
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