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Navajo Nation Surpasses Cherokee As Most Populous Tribe In U.S.


The Navajo Nation has surpassed the Cherokee Nation to become the most populous Tribe in the U.S.

The Navajo Nation was already the largest tribe from a land mass perspective. Now, it also has the largest enrolled population at more than 400,000. The tribe now tops the Cherokee Nation's enrollment of 392,000, However, a tribal spokesperson says the Oklahoma tribe’s numbers are growing. The data was compiled based on payments made to Individual Navajos for hardships during the pandemic. The U.S. Treasury Department will use tribes' own enrollment figures to pay out a chunk of the $20 billion set aside for them in the latest virus relief funding package. Tribes have until Monday to submit data online.