The piece begins on page 135 here but the MONEY: Solutions to the Problem Tribal Sovereign Immunity While the federal courts have thus far avoided becoming involved in intra-tribal membership disputes, that will not last forever. When courts become frustrated enough with the inability to address cases involving tribal disenrollment, they will take action
IF we can't make the courts FRUSTRATED enough, it's OUR FAULT. OUR silence to our OWN abuse, means NOBODY will speak for us.
Tribal membership for Indian people is more than mere citizenship in an Indian tribe. It is the essence of one’s identity, belonging to community, connection to one’s heritage and an affirmation of their human being place in this life and world.
In short, it is not an overstatement to say that it is everything. In fact, it would be an understatement to say anything less.
Tribal membership completes the circle for the member’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human life.21 The importance of tribal membership and tribal citizenship to Indian people cannot be easily captured in words.
The loss of citizenship is equally difficult to quantify. Solutions that will allow challenges to the tribe’s power to remove your citizenship, to disenroll you, are even more difficult to come to conceive. Being a member of an Indian tribe brings with it many benefits. Some are social and cultural, some are physical and fiscal, and some are spiritual and psychological. Having those taken from you can be devastating on many levels.