A prominent coalition of activists, artists and at least one elected tribal leader joined a campaign aimed at putting an end to the controversial practice.
Not only are 86 people being removed from the tribe, they are facing contempt of court sanctions for speaking out about their plight.
The descendants of Chief Tumulth, who was executed a year after he signed an 1855 treaty, lost a tribal court challenge to their mass disenrollment.
Although disenrollment wasn't really a word in 1978, the decision in Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez continues to be cited by courts that refuse to get involved in membership disputes.
More than 230 people -- including some who are deceased -- are facing removal from the Michigan tribe.
More than 300 people are facing removal
Tribal members approved the change by a 309 to 268 vote.
Some 167 people have field an appeal but others don't have a say in the matter because they are already dead.
With the federal courts and the Bureau of Indian Affairs unlikely to intervene, the National Native American Bar Association is calling on lawyers to address the situation.
Diane Humetewa is the first Native woman in the federal judiciary.
Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, is winning praise as the first Native American woman to be nominated for a federal judgeship
The American Bar Association wants law school applicants to show they are actually American Indian or Alaska Native. The ABA's House of Delegates passed a resolution that urges the Law...