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KUOW: Court stops Nooksack Tribe from removing 306 people

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More on: disenrollment, nooksack, tribal courts, washington
     

KUOW reports on the latest developments affecting the removal of 306 people from the Nooksack Tribe of Washington:
Hundreds of members of the Nooksack Tribe near Bellingham won a temporary victory Wednesday. Hearings were scheduled to start this week to potentially expel 306 members from the tribe, but a ruling from the Nooksack Court of Appeals has halted the proceeding for now.

Gabe Galanda, attorney for the families facing removal, expects it will take the appeals court at least four months to reach a decision.

If the disenrollment does go forward, it would likely be the largest ever in Washington according to David Wilkins, professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota. Disenrolled members also stand to lose other benefits like health care, housing and tribal jobs.

Get the Story:
Nooksack Judge Halts Removal Of 306 Tribal Members (KUOW 8/15)

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Nooksack Tribe changes membership criteria with election (6/27)


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