It’s great to hear about you wanting to connect with your heritage. I’m happy to help in this process.
The easiest thing to start with would be to do an Internet search. I looked up Cherokee Enrollment and was able to find an application, which does require you find your lineage on the Dawes Rolls. You will need to know your dad’s name and tribe. They do have a step-by-step tutorial to help you out.
You can also give the Cherokee enrollment department a call. You can also ask for youth events like; language classes, youth groups, community gatherings, in-school or after-school programs, elder lead groups, pow-wow/ dance groups, or anything else you could get involved in.
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Once you start to make connections within the community and make an effort, things will open up, especially when you come with good intentions and respect. Keep this as your focus.
Best of luck to you. I think you are hearing your ancestors voices reaching out. Extend your hands and reach back.