On Saturday, the Spokane Tribe of Indians General Council passed a Referendum that amended the Tribe’s constitution to generally prohibit disenrollment.
The new Spokane constitutional provision provides: “Except in instances where a citizen transfers enrollment to another Tribe, no Spokane Tribal law shall operate to strip citizenship from any person who has previously been recognized to possess citizenship . . .”
Spokane joins a growing list of tribal governments who are amending IRA constitutions—which have been the primary vehicle for disenrollment in Indian Country—to discontinue the colonialist practice.
In 2013, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria revised their constitution to prohibit disenrollment.
Pechanga Tribe voted to halt ALL disenrollments, but Pechanga chairman Mark Macarro did not follow the will of the people.