Steve Maganini of the Sacramento Bee has the story of the 7-member Alturas Rancheria. They are adopting white people into the tribe, to benefit from federal dollars. This flies in the face of Native Americans that have had their citizenship terminated.
These adopted whites, will have all the benefits of Native Americans, while disenrolled Natives, lose theirs.
The tribe has just three to seven members, depending on who is counting. Perhaps the smallest of California’s 68 casino tribes, Alturas Rancheria in recent years has adopted five members as a way to make money. Two of them, including Phelps, are white.
A tangled web is weaved:
The newcomers have divided the tribe and stoked a conflict over tribal revenues that has consumed an outsized amount of time and money in state and federal courts. The U.S. Postal Service even had to decide recently which of the feuding members was entitled to receive the tribe’s mail.
When even HOWARD DICKSTEIN thinks it's fishy, you KNOW it's fishy: