Court tells Nooksack Tribe to stop disenrollment proceedings

Members of Nooksack Tribe of Washington protest disenrollment. Photo from Facebook

A tribal court has put a hold on disenrollment proceedings within the Nooksack Tribe of Washington.

Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis said the tribe must submit its disenrollment ordinance to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review. THe decision puts the removal of 306 people on hold for now.

The Nooksack Court of Appeals had already issued a preliminary injunction against the tribe in March. Montoya-Lewis said the tribe appeared to be trying to circumvent the ruling by claiming its ordinance had already been approved by the BIA back in 2006.

Turtle Talk has posted documents from the case, Belmont v. Kelly.

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