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Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis
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Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis (September 7, 2017)
The Nooksack Tribe has reached an agreement with the Trump administration that could resolve a long-running governance crisis on the reservation.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins court ruling in long-running disenrollment dispute
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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe wins court ruling in long-running disenrollment dispute (August 30, 2017)
The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe will be able to remove 65 people from the rolls thanks to a decision from its court system.

Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on
Health | National
Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on (August 9, 2017)
A clinic operated by the Nooksack Tribe is losing $2.5 million in federal health care funds amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Gabe Galanda: Tribal 'membership' rules strip away at sovereignty
Law | Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Tribal 'membership' rules strip away at sovereignty (June 14, 2017)
Thanks to the federal government and the Indian Reorganization Act, the dangerous concept of ‘membership’ has been codified by tribal governments, attorney Gabe Galanda writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Nooksack Tribe remains without recognized council as Trump administration digs in
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Nooksack Tribe remains without recognized council as Trump administration digs in (May 12, 2017)
A group of disputed leaders has been kicked out of federal court and denied access to an estimated $14 million in federal funds.

Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision
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Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision (April 27, 2017)
The jury is still out on the new sovereignty decision from the nation's highest court but it's already having an impact in Indian Country.

Disputed leader of Nooksack Tribe blames 'non-Indians' for crisis
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Disputed leader of Nooksack Tribe blames 'non-Indians' for crisis (April 6, 2017)
Bob Kelly has served as chairman of the Washington-based tribe for years but the Department of the Interior no longer recognizes him.

Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power'
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Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power' (April 4, 2017)
A dispute tied to the ouster of more than 300 people from the rolls is simmering in federal court.

Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court system
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Internal tribal disputes continue to trip up federal court system (March 23, 2017)
Tribal citizens who have been punished by their governments are finding few allies in the federal court system but that isn't stopping them from seeking justice.

Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people
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Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people (March 23, 2017)
Recent corruption and Civil Rights abuse of Indians means an Indian Civil Rights Act refresher may be needed.

Supreme Court turns down another tribal disenrollment dispute
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Supreme Court turns down another tribal disenrollment dispute (February 27, 2017)
The #StopDisenrollment movement continues to gain steam across the nation but there's still one place where it hasn't caught on.

Gabe Galanda: The Obama administration's disenrollment legacy
Opinion
Gabe Galanda: The Obama administration's disenrollment legacy (January 25, 2017)
'By and large President Obama got it wrong on disenrollment until the end of his presidency.'

Disenrollment epidemic affects dozens of tribes across the nation
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Disenrollment epidemic affects dozens of tribes across the nation (January 18, 2017)
The disenrollment epidemic is the subject of a lengthy feature in The New York Times Magazine.

Leader of Nooksack Tribe defends purge of 'non-Indians' from rolls
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Leader of Nooksack Tribe defends purge of 'non-Indians' from rolls (November 23, 2016)
Chairman Bob Kelly did not address warnings from two federal agencies that his tribe is acting without a valid governing body.

Indian Health Service warns Nooksack Tribe about disenrollees
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Indian Health Service warns Nooksack Tribe about disenrollees (November 22, 2016)
Another federal agency is stepping in as the Washington tribe removes more than a third of its people from the rolls.

Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment
National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment (November 17, 2016)
Despite warnings from the federal agency, the tribe has started removing more than 300 people from the rolls.

Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollments
Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollments (November 17, 2016)
'The disenrollment club is one club you don’t want your tribe to join.'

Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum
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Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum (November 10, 2016)
The referendum came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would not recognize any actions taken by the tribal council due to a lack of a quorum.

Grand Ronde Tribes seek new judges after losing disenrollment dispute
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Grand Ronde Tribes seek new judges after losing disenrollment dispute (November 8, 2016)
The Oregon tribe is replacing three judges whose last ruling put an end to a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act
Arts & Entertainment | Opinion | Politics | Federal Recognition
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act (October 24, 2016)
Turning Oklahoma into an isolated island in Indian Country serves no purpose for anyone.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues
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Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues (October 20, 2016)
The Michigan tribe earlier this year lowered the annual payment to $60,000 for most adults.

Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government
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Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government (October 18, 2016)
The agency won't recognize any actions taken by the council, a decision that affects a disenrollment dispute on the reservation.

Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge
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Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge (October 14, 2016)
Chief Justice Bob Kelly is reviewing a disenrollment lawsuit in which he is named as a defendant.

Descendants of treaty signer back on rolls of Grand Ronde Tribes
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Descendants of treaty signer back on rolls of Grand Ronde Tribes (October 6, 2016)
A dispute that helped draw nationwide attention to the disenrollment epidemic in Indian Country has resulted in victory.

Grand Ronde Tribes yet to add descendants of chief back to roll
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Grand Ronde Tribes yet to add descendants of chief back to roll (September 20, 2016)
The 86 descendants of Chief Tumulth won a major tribal court case more than a month ago.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe ordered to reinstate five ousted members
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St. Croix Chippewa Tribe ordered to reinstate five ousted members (August 17, 2016)
The disenrollment effort violated 'basic tenets of justice and fairness,' a tribal court judge ruled.

Leader of Grand Ronde Tribes appears to concede loss in disenrollment case
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Leader of Grand Ronde Tribes appears to concede loss in disenrollment case (August 9, 2016)
The descendants of a chief who signed a tribal treaty won a landmark ruling in a case that has attracted national attention.

Grand Ronde disenrollment dispute takes new turn with court ruling
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Grand Ronde disenrollment dispute takes new turn with court ruling (August 8, 2016)
The descendants of a chief who signed an 1855 treaty are celebrating but the tribe's leader is already raising questions about the new decision.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe defends effort to remove five from rolls
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St. Croix Chippewa Tribe defends effort to remove five from rolls (August 5, 2016)
A judge heard arguments from both sides of the dispute on July 25 and a decision is expected shortly.

Chukchansi Tribe sends disenrollment letters to founding families
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Chukchansi Tribe sends disenrollment letters to founding families (August 5, 2016)
One of the few people who can teach the Chukchansi language is among those being targeted for removal.

Nooksack Tribe ignores court orders as disenrollment dispute stalls
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Nooksack Tribe ignores court orders as disenrollment dispute stalls (August 1, 2016)
Chairman Bob Kelly said the Nooksack Tribal Court of Appeals can't tell the tribe what to do.

Chukchansi Tribe threatens to remove rivals from membership rolls
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Chukchansi Tribe threatens to remove rivals from membership rolls (August 1, 2016)
The rivals are accused of belonging to more than one tribe but it looks like they are being targeted for forming their own council.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe seeks to disenroll as many as 16 people
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St. Croix Chippewa Tribe seeks to disenroll as many as 16 people (July 15, 2016)
The tribe has a relatively small membership and a generous yearly per capita of $10,000 so the removals are being viewed with skepticism.

Disenrollees of Pala Band ask federal appeals court for rehearing
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Disenrollees of Pala Band ask federal appeals court for rehearing (July 14, 2016)
More than 150 people who were disenrolled say the Bureau of Indian Affairs has a duty to protect their rights.

Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute
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Court sides with Bureau of Indian Affairs in disenrollment dispute (July 8, 2016)
Leaders of the Pala Band of Mission Indians in California have removed hundreds of people from the rolls and no one has the power to stop them.

Gabe Galanda: The growing chorus against tribal disenrollment
Opinion
Gabe Galanda: The growing chorus against tribal disenrollment (June 29, 2016)
With each new powerful voice and refrain, the immorality of disenrollment is made plain.

Nooksack Tribe fires elder who spoke out against disenrollment
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Nooksack Tribe fires elder who spoke out against disenrollment (June 29, 2016)
George Adams also was removed from a council meeting after he criticized tribal leaders in the Lhechelesem language.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe removes 10 people from rolls amid debate
Law
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe removes 10 people from rolls amid debate (June 28, 2016)
The move comes as the Wisconsin tribe asks members about its one-half blood quantum standard, one of just a few in Indian Country.

Seneca-Cayuga Nation ordered to conduct another council election
Law | Politics
Seneca-Cayuga Nation ordered to conduct another council election (June 23, 2016)
Confusion has arisen following a disputed vote in early June. Two people are now claiming to be chief of the Oklahoma tribe.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes threaten disenrollment in murder case
Law
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes threaten disenrollment in murder case (June 3, 2016)
The tribal council is calling on witnesses to come forward with information about the murder of Darrel Auck on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho.

Cedric Sunray: The legacy of disenrollment at Haskell University
Education | Opinion | Federal Recognition
Cedric Sunray: The legacy of disenrollment at Haskell University (June 2, 2016)
My first contact with the issue of disenrollment occurred as a student at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe disenrollment fight appears to be over
Law | Politics
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe disenrollment fight appears to be over (June 1, 2016)
An attempt to remove 74 people from the rolls left one faction of the tribe on the losing end of a federal court decision.

John McCoy: Disenrollment efforts and blood quantum policies are not our way
Opinion
John McCoy: Disenrollment efforts and blood quantum policies are not our way (May 25, 2016)
Disenrollment is fueled by greed—pure and simple.

National tribal judge group questions firing in disenrollment case
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National tribal judge group questions firing in disenrollment case (May 11, 2016)
Leaders of the Nooksack Tribe fired their chief judge after she ruled against the tribal council.

Nooksack Tribe fires judge and loses attorney in disenrollment crisis
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Nooksack Tribe fires judge and loses attorney in disenrollment crisis (May 4, 2016)
The Nooksack Tribe of Washington is going online in an attempt to fill two critical legal positions on the reservation.

Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment
Law | Opinion
Gabe Galanda: A moral responsibility to stop tribal disenrollment (April 27, 2016)
An increasing number of tribes -- as many as 15% of all federally recognized tribes -- are destroying themselves and taking the lives of their own people.

Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal laws
Law | Opinion
Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal laws (April 18, 2016)
The Federal Government’s definition of an 'Indian' is, in some instances, independent of an individual Indian’s tribal membership status.

Washington rally draws attention to tribal disenrollment epidemic
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Washington rally draws attention to tribal disenrollment epidemic (April 18, 2016)
Controversy is centering on the Nooksack Tribe, whose leaders are trying to remove 306 people from the rolls.

Peter d'Errico: Nooksack Tribe fuels bad stereotypes about courts
Law | Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Nooksack Tribe fuels bad stereotypes about courts (March 25, 2016)
Native government actions that undermine confidence in justice and fairness add fuel to anti-Indian forces.

David Wilkins: National organizations must take on disenrollment
Opinion
David Wilkins: National organizations must take on disenrollment (March 23, 2016)
To date, I am not aware of any official, public stance taken by any of your organizations in response to political, legal, and cultural terminations of native citizen rights that threatens all Native people’s sovereign existence.

Nooksack Tribe slammed by judge for disbarring lawyer and firm
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Nooksack Tribe slammed by judge for disbarring lawyer and firm (March 22, 2016)
The Nooksack 306, a group of 306 people who are facing disenrollment, lost their strongest advocate when the tribal council disbarred Gabe Galanda and the Galanda Broadman firm.

Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll even more people amid big fight
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Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll even more people amid big fight (March 17, 2016)
The Washington tribe has apparently added 40 more people to the list of 306 who are already facing removal.

Anna Pulley: Tribes disenroll their own as more claim to be Indian
Opinion
Anna Pulley: Tribes disenroll their own as more claim to be Indian (March 14, 2016)
The #StopDisenrollment campaign attempts to bring awareness to the sad irony of Natives imposing the government’s racial categories, which were created to oppress them, and using those same systems to disenfranchise their own people.

Harold Monteau: BIA can't terminate responsibility to disenrolled
Opinion
Harold Monteau: BIA can't terminate responsibility to disenrolled (March 14, 2016)
The United States has figured out a very disingenuous (sly, if you will) way to bring about the disappearance of Indian Tribes by shirking its fiduciary duties under the guise of promoting 'Tribal Sovereignty.'

Nooksack Tribe interferes with judicial branch and disbars law firm
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Nooksack Tribe interferes with judicial branch and disbars law firm (March 9, 2016)
The tribal council disbarred prominent attorney Gabe Galanda, apparently without advance notice, leaving 306 disenrollees without a key advocate.

Al Jazeera program focuses on tribal disenrollment controversies

Al Jazeera program focuses on tribal disenrollment controversies (March 4, 2016)
Michigan State University professor Matthew Fletcher, attorney Gabe Galanda, author Gyasi Ross and Michelle Roberts, who is facing removal from the Nooksack Tribe, discussed an issue affecting tribes nationwide.

Chase Iron Eyes: Real sovereigns don't disenroll their own people
Opinion
Chase Iron Eyes: Real sovereigns don't disenroll their own people (February 10, 2016)
'Real Indians' certainly wouldn’t hire a non-Indian consultant to tell them who's a relative and who's not.

National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemic
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National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemic (February 9, 2016)
A prominent coalition of activists, artists and at least one elected tribal leader joined a campaign aimed at putting an end to the controversial practice.

Debora Juarez: Disenrollments are not an exercise in sovereignty
Opinion
Debora Juarez: Disenrollments are not an exercise in sovereignty (February 2, 2016)
Tribal Councils do not own my Birthright. It is not their property to acquire or extinguish.

Nooksack Tribe loses bid to prevent some from voting in election
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Nooksack Tribe loses bid to prevent some from voting in election (January 27, 2016)
The Nooksack 306 are facing removal from the rolls but a tribal court judge said they can still exercise their voting rights.

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