Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GALANDA: Chinook Nation DENOUNCES Disenrollment. But may create Dual Membership

Great News from Gabe Galanda on the Chinook Nation...

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, the Chinook Indian Nation General Council met for a community workshop during which, according to Chairman Tony Johnson: “There was 100% consensus that we’re not doing disenrollment.” 

I know because in response to my recent blog, which reported word from the Telegraph that Chinook “is proposing to disenroll a slew of members who do not reside near Chinook headquarters,” Chinook Chairman Johnson reached out to me.  We have spoken twice since last week, in a very good way.

Chairman Johnson assures me that disenrollment was never the plan for Chinook.  His members told me otherwise.  But erasing any doubt, the Chinook General Council formally denounced disenrollment on Saturday, joining federally recognized tribes like Spokane, Graton and Passamaquoddy who have done the same.  Bravo, Chinook.

Still, the Chinook General Council is considering creating new membership criteria that would restrict voting and social service rights to Chinooks who are “active” in the community vis-à-vis residential or geographic connection to Chinook country.

Like I wrote, tribal connection to ancestral lands “is certainly a preferred alternative to relying on federally imposed tribal membership criteria tied to blood quantum or federal censuses or rolls.” But imposing such criteria retroactively on folks already accepted into the Chinook membership without such strings attached, is problematic.

Creating two classes of members is problematic; it disenfranchises Indians and creates a slippery slope.  Chairman Johnson concedes: “This may not be perfect.”  But he will leave it to Chinooks to decide through a series of General Council meetings in 2016.

For now, I am so very pleased that the Chinook people have not fallen victim to disenrollment, or fallen sick amidst the disenrollment epidemic.


Learn More on Disenrollment, Ethnic Cleansing in Indian Gaming Country at these Links:
Gaming Revenue Blamed for Disenrollment
Disenrollment is paper Genocide
CA Tribal Cleansing
TRIBAL TERRORISM includes Banishment
Nooksack Disenrollment



3 comments:

Werone said...

It's wonderful to hear a band that honors ALL members and their ancestors. I know change is being looked at, but honoring ALL is better than following the settlers and Federal rules towards others disenrollment, blood quantum, stealing of land water rights not sharing with ALL members. Thank you for sharing the TRUTH

Remedy Pontas Quahna Kumeyaay said...

There are times Federal Rules have to be instilled on Tribal matters.There are many natives tribes among themselves that can not come to an agreement. Like San Pasqual who has blood of the band members...then Non blood of the fraud members.

Remedy Pontas Quahna Kumeyaay said...

There are times Federal Rules have to be instilled on Tribal matters.There are many natives tribes among themselves that can not come to an agreement. Like San Pasqual who has blood of the band members...then Non blood of the fraud members.