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Although some ascribe the Dawes Allotment Act as the precursor for blood quantum, there is nothing in Dawes that remotely mentions blood quantum. Rather, blood quantum was established through Acts of 62nd Congress, 2nd Session, 1912, Chapter 388, Support of Schools: Provided further, That no part of this appropriation, or any other appropriation provided for herein, except appropriations made pursuant to treaties, shall be used to educate children of less than one-fourth Indian blood, whose parents are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they live and where there are adequate free school facilities provided and the facilities of the Indian schools are needed for pupils of more than one-fourth Indian blood.
BIA Blood Quantum Chart
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