To apply for Stanford I know that you must use the Common Application, and I had a question about which race I should identify with because I have a very complicated lineage! I know that I am Cherokee Indian, but I am not registered as Cherokee Indian. In order for me to do so I have to prove lineage to someone on the Dawes Rolls, I know that I am related to someone on the Dawes Rolls, however at some point in my lineage an ancestor of mine got a name change. Because it was a long time ago they didn't really have a legal process of going about this so the person that my dad knows as being descendant of someone on the Dawes Rolls has a death certificate, but no birth certificate because of his name change. Anyways, I would love to be able to put on my application that I am a registered member of the Cherokee Tribe, but after plenty of research I am finding that it seems impossible for me to do so, due to the absence of proof of any name change. Would it still be worthwhile for me to put on the application that I am American Indian but not enrolled, or would I only be able to identify myself as White? Thanks so much, my apologies if this is confusing!