While the number of federally recognized Native nations in the United States are increasing, the population figures for existing tribal nations are declining. This depopulation is not being perpetrated by the federal government, but by Native governments that are banishing, denying, or disenrolling Native citizens at an unprecedented rate.
I was THRILLED to be mentioned in the acknowledgements, along with our friends Cathy Cory of Chukchansi and Mark and Carla Maslin, who is from the Redding Rancheria. And Gene and Alice Langton-Sloan, who are subject of a post from this morning are also included.
Since the 1990s, tribal belonging has become more of a privilege than a sacred right. Political and legal dismemberment has become a national phenomenon with nearly eighty Native nations, in at least twenty states, terminating the rights of indigenous citizens.