Judge approves disenrollment within Saginaw Chippewa Tribe

The staff of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Photo from Saginaw Chippewa Tribe

The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan can remove 234 people from the rolls, The Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun reports.

Chief Judge Patrick Shannon backed the disenrollment efforts of the Office of Administrative Hearings. The decision means 169 living persons and 65 deceased will lose health care, education and other services.

“A lot of people are going to suffer if this isn’t corrected,” Sharon Cole, who is among those being removed, told the paper. “It’s wrong. It’s not traditional and it’s surprising, because we have a traditional chief at the helm.”

Attorney Paula Fisher plans to appeal. She said the tribe shouldn't have been allowed to reopen the cases because they were dismissed in the past.

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