Tribes have the power to determine their own membership. But with great power comes a great controversy in the form of disenrollment. A new group is speaking out against the practice of eliminating members. They say it is literally tearing tribes apart. One California tribe, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, amended their own constitution to outlaw the practice. Tribes that are disenrolling members say it is a matter of correcting tribal records. How is it that some tribes reject the idea while others see it as the path to their future?
Russell Wilkinson (Chinook Cascade) -general contractor for the Portland Metro area provisionally disenrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Greg Sarris (Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria) – Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Phillip Narte (Nooksack) – one the 306 Nooksack members slated for disenrollment
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