Who can become a member?

Nene Hutke is also a non-profit organization with positions of responsibility that are filled by voting members of our organization.  Our members are comprised mainly of Muskogee mixed-bloods, but membership is open to all.

We also believe those in positions of authority and those eligible to vote must be of Muskogee blood.  It is important to us that the operation of Nene Hutke always remain in the hands of Muskogee descendants.  Therefore, those eligible to become a voting member or to be able to hold office at Nene Hutke must provide documents proving their lineage to a verifiable Muskogee Creek ancestor. Those unable or unwilling to provide Muskogee ancestor documentation may also become members and enjoy all of the benefits offered by the Grounds - except voting and holding office.

There are two types of memberships:

  • Verified Voting Member - Members who are able to trace their ancestry to a verifiable Muskogee ancestor are eligible to vote at Council Meetings (which are held twice a year) as well as fill positions of responsibility. This requirement is designed to keep the management of our grounds in the hands of Muskogee descendants. To become a verified, voting congregant you must:
    1. be 18 years old or older, and
    2. complete two consecutive ceremonial cycles by attending six of the eight High Holidays and two social stomps or social gatherings, and
    3. complete two work days during each ceremonial cycle, and
    4. have been vetted and approved by majority vote of the Eligibility Council, and
    5. approved by majority vote of the Heritage Council.

    Furthermore, to remain eligible to vote, voting members must remain active at the grounds. They must attend at least two ceremonies, one social gathering or ceremony, and two work days during each ceremony cycle (June through April).

  • Non-verified Non-voting Member - Members who do not wish to hold office, vote in Council meetings, or who do not wish to provide documents to verify Muskogee ancestors are welcomed and may enjoy all of the benefits except voting and holding office.