Advertise:   712.224.5420

Western Shoshones threatened with disenrollment

More than 100 Western Shoshones are being threatened with disenrollment from the Te-Moak Tribe of Nevada.

The tribe is combing through its records to ensure that everyone qualifies for membership. "Over the years, some slippage occurred. Some people were brought into the tribe when the criteria was not followed," tribal manager Elwood Mose told The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Critics say the timing of the endeavor is suspicious. It comes as the Bureau of Indian Affairs is drawing up a list to determine who will receive a share of a $140 million trust fund approved by Congress last year.

"If they can successfully kick people out, that's going to increase their per capita disbursement," said John Wells, whose family members have received letters.

The tribe says there is no connection as the BIA will determine who gets the money based on 1/4 Western Shoshone blood. The per capita payment could be as high as $20,000 depending on how many are on the list.

Get the Story:
Tribe questions memberships (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 2/13)

Relevant Links:
Western Shoshone Defense Project -

Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act:
Bill Report | H.R.884 | S.618

Related Stories:
Confusion still marks Western Shoshone payout law (07/20)
Bush signs Western Shoshone payout bill into law (07/08)
Western Shoshone payout bill clears Congress (06/25)
Western Shoshone payout bill approved by House (06/22)
Western Shoshone payout bill delayed in House (06/03)
Support grows for Western Shoshone trust fund bill (05/07)
Western Shoshone bill faces another push in 2004 (01/13)
Western Shoshone leaders want U.S. to show ownership (10/27)
Senate approves $144M Western Shoshone payout bill (10/20)
Western Shoshones sue over 60M acres of land (09/30)
Senate panel approves Western Shoshone payout bill (07/17)
House panel considers Shoshone payout bill (06/19)
Reid says he would consider Shoshone land claims (03/14)
Western Shoshone payout bill reintroduced (02/26)
Indian bills faces uncertain future in Congress (11/18)
Senate approves Shoshone payout (11/14)
Opposition to Shoshone payout mounts (10/15)
BLM auctions seized Shoshone cattle (10/7)
U.S. asked to halt Shoshone auction (10/4)
BLM to auction seized Shoshone cattle (10/2)
Shoshone activists to stage protests (9/30)
Senate panel approves Shoshone payout (9/26)
Shoshone cattle seized, horses feared next (9/24)
Shoshone 'renegades' resist land payout (8/26)
Senate panel debates Shoshone payout bill (8/5)
Western Shoshone are 'homeless' (8/2)
Report finds human rights violations (8/1)
Shoshone land 'not for sale' (7/22)