The Tribal Council has approved a new and more secure tribal citizen’s photo-identification card. While the older paper photo and non-photo cards will continue to be valid for tribal use, the new secure card will be phased in as the new standard for the photo identification cards, beginning this fall.
How is this card “more secure?” The new durable plastic photo-identification card has both background and foreground images, a bar code, and a holographic element. Along with the information that has been on the paper cards, the new plastic card will also include the address of the cardholder. Not only does it look great, but it also is far more difficult to make unauthorized copies.
Those who have the older paper photo and non-photo tribal cards don’t need to worry… those cards will stay valid until the expiration date on each card (the expiration date is only pertaining to the card and has nothing to do with tribal citizenship- which does not expire). Expiration dates are now a part of the tribal citizenship cards to encourage the broader acceptance of tribal cards as a valid form of identification. Also, tribal citizens are not required to change to this card – the tribal council has decided that the older style non-photo tribal cards will still be issued at no cost and will be valid for tribal use.
The new secure card costs $15, with seniors (55+) and youth (under 18) only being charged $13. More information on how to order these cards will be available at tribal meetings. 2013Tribal Identification Card Form
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