Opinion: Greed, spite, history behind disenrollment
Monday, April 5, 2004

"To any outsider looking in on California Indian politics, the apparent surge in tribal membership disputes over the last few years seems ugly in the extreme.

Tribes with multimillion- dollar casinos are ejecting members by the score, questioning ties of heritage and blood that hadn't been challenged in three or four generations. Throw in accusations of doctored or nonexistent evidence, hints of bribery and embezzlement and the alleged manipulation of votes, and Indian community affairs start to look like what goes on in the U.S. Congress.

Except that it's almost impossible to persuade an outside mediator, such as a federal or state judge, to review a tribal dispute."

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