Actor and Activist Joseph C. Phillips discusses Tribal Disenrollment on his website
So what’s new? “Whitey” has been stealing from “Indians” since they arrived on these shores. Well, what’s new is that this time the thieving is being done by other Native Americans and the theft is achieved through a device known as tribal disenrollment.
is the term used when some members of the tribe decide that other members of the tribe are no longer members of the tribe. Sometimes disenrollment occurs when members can’t provide proof of their lineage, or membership in the tribe prior to some specified date. However, disenrollment also occurs when one faction of a tribe takes power and rewrites rules, thus excluding opposition factions. Previous tribal chairmen or board members have been disenrolled simply for being on the wrong side of a political issue or daring to buck the system.