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The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

The Indian Citizenship Act (1924)

(This Act of the U.S. Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans in the United States.  The Act passed partially because of the many Indian people who had served during World War I.  There was no provision in the act, however, that required Indian people to relinquish tribal membership or identity.)

{Cite as 43 U.S. Stats. At Large, Ch. 233, p. 253 (1924)}
CHAP. 233.--An Act To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That all non-citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby, declared to be citizens of the United States: Provided, That the granting of such citizenship shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of any Indian to tribal or other property.

Approved, June 2, 1924. June 2, 1924. [H. R. 6355.] [Public, No. 175.]


See House Report No. 222, Certificates of Citizenship to Indians, 68th Congress, 1st Session, Feb. 22, 1924.

Note: This statute has been codified in the United States Code at Title 8, Sec. 1401(a)(2).

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