The Saginaw Chippewa disenrolled having difficulty getting justice from our justice system.
DOI Must Rethink Staying Out Of Tribal Disenrollment Fight
"A D.C. federal judge said the U.S. Department of the Interior "determined the right outcome –– for mostly the right reasons" in deciding not to intervene in the disenrolling of Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe members, but the judge still sent claims by former members back to the agency for reconsideration." IS It Poor Record Keeping? The plaintiffs say they are direct descendants of the Saginaw Chippewa, which encompasses the Saginaw, Swan Creek and Black River bands, and were properly enrolled in the tribe before being kicked out in 2016 and 2017. The tribe came into legal existence in 1937 after it enacted a new constitution that incorporated all descendants of the bands, the 24-page complaint says. But that was undermined, the disenfranchised tribal members say, when the commissioner of Indian Affairs unlawfully forced revisions to the constitution, including a residency requirement that restricted membership to those with specific ancestry tied to a particular reservation. (OP: The disenrolling leader's are okay with this intrusion?) That excluded 85 percent of the bands’ descendants from membership, the complaint says, which led to vast under enrollment prior to enactment of the Judgment Funds Act.