Last week, we gave props to Netflix series, "House of Cards" for adding a storyline about tribal disenrollment to the story plot.
Again, "disenrollment" is when a tribe decides to boot out their own members. This has happened for hundreds of years when members of a tribe commit an offense of some sort, but it usually wasn't permanent. These days it's happening more and more for a different reason. And the decisions aren't being reversed.
As the New York Times has reported, "In recent years, experts say, [tribes have] begun routinely disenrolling Indians deemed inauthentic members of a group. And California, with dozens of tiny tribes that were decimated, scattered and then reconstituted, often out of ethnically mixed Indians, is the national hotbed of the trend."
But, it's not just happening in California. It's happening all over Indian Country.
Imagine having your citizenship taken away from you. That's what happens when a member of a tribe is kicked out by their tribal government for no other reason than they decided to redefine what constitutes a member of their tribe.
To paint a clearer picture of what this means, here are four possible consequences of tribal disenrollment: Click Here for the REST of the Article