The Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians granted tribal membership back to 60 people who were disenrolled nine years ago. The action is a departure from a recent wave of disenrollement among some tribes in the west. Disenrolled members are no longer federally recognized tribal citizens and as a result lose benefits like health care, percap income and even housing. The Nooksak Indian Tribe is suing the federal government over sanctions imposed over election disputes stemming from disenrollment. Sovereignty gives independent tribal nations the ability to determine their members. But campaigns against disenrollment are aiming to change opinions. Is mass disenrollment on its way out?
E.J. Crandell – chairman of the Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians
Gabe Galanda (Round Valley Tribe of Indians) – attorney with Galanda Broadman
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