SEATTLE – On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the one-year anniversary of the birth of the national advocacy campaign, #stopdisenrollment, the movement will recommence …
The imagery and message of the inaugural campaign (see http://stopdisenrollment.com/) reverberated throughout Indian Country, with international and local mainstream and tribal media outlets covering that campaign and using that imagery to highlight disenrollment, including Al Jazeera (TV), High Country News, Seattle Times, Indian Country Today, The Stranger, Crosscut, and Indianz.com.
The #stopdisenrollment hashtag has since last year become prominent as an expression against disenrollment, with the New York Times recently reporting that as many as “9,000 people in 79 tribes across 20 states” having been jettisoned by their kin. It remains the goal of the movement to have as many indigenous peoples express #stopdisenrollment, as there are disenrolled indigenous peoples.
READ: National “Stop Disenrollment” Visual Advocacy Movement to Relaunch on Wednesday, February 8 – Native News Online
LAST YEAR we covered this HERE and HERE
By Trace Lara Hentz, co-editor of THE MIX
Some of you may wonder if the discussion of tribal dis-enrollment is a clever way to erase tribes on paper. I believe it is and it’s a racist construct. We discussed it here. and here.
How a tribe dealt with its members who were a problem (like someone who commits a murder), there was banishment. This disenrollment issue is a relatively new phenomena, removing people from tribal rolls. It’s painful, it’s tragic. And it speaks on genocide and the eventual erasure and death of tribes and their sovereignty.
In February, a #StopDisenrollment selfie campaign took off online, raising awareness and opposing the practice some have dubbed “not traditional.” The new website #STOPDISENROLLMENT is HERE.
Al Jazeera has run a special program on March 3 called Without a tribe: Fighting to stay Native American
More than 80 federally recognized tribes in 17 states have administered the practice, with many looking to clamp down on enrollment requirements. While tribe leaders assert disenrollments are meant to protect the integrity of the tribe, critics argue it’s politically and economically motivated. We’ll look into this controversial issue and ask what it takes to belong.
Joining this conversation:
Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Law Professor, Michigan State University
Gabriel S. Galanda @NDNlawyer
Attorney, Galanda Broadman
Gyasi Ross @BigIndianGyasi
Michelle Roberts @nooksack306
Spokeswoman, The Nooksack 306
Chase Iron Eyes: Real sovereigns don’t disenroll their own people (02/10)
National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemic (02/09)
Debora Juarez: Disenrollments are not an exercise in sovereignty (02/02)
Nooksack Tribe loses bid to prevent some from voting in election (01/27)
James Mills: Sovereignty trumps paternalism in tribal enrollment (01/27)
Eastern Cherokees consider disenrollment law for drug dealers (12/09)
Gabe Galanda: The tide keeps turning against disenrollment (11/16)
Gabe Galanda: The growing chorus against disenrollments (11/13)
Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA case (11/12)
Joseph Hamilton: Tribal leaders must talk about disenrollments (10/05)
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe starts disenrollment proceedings again (09/24)
Turtle Talk removes briefs in Grand Ronde disenrollment dispute (09/10)
Grande Ronde Tribes take another shot at descendants of chief (09/08)
Gabriel Galanda: Banish drug dealers but don’t disenroll them (09/08)
Appeal planned in Grand Ronde Tribes disenrollment dispute (09/03)
Grand Ronde Tribes to disenroll 86 descendants of treaty signer (09/02)
Native American advocates such as Attorney Gabriel Galanda, counsel for the Nooksack 306, the comedy group the 1491s, Activist Winona LaDuke, and Artist Louie Gong will collaborate on the project.
The editors of the MIX are closely following this issue. Our earlier post