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Inmate files lawsuits in search of Eastern Cherokee citizenship
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Inmate files lawsuits in search of Eastern Cherokee citizenship (October 13, 2015)
Robert Sioleski, 58, claims his grandmother was Cherokee and wants membership in order to participate in ceremonies in prison.

Lakota Voice: Rosebud Sioux Tribe probes hiring of top attorney
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Lakota Voice: Rosebud Sioux Tribe probes hiring of top attorney (February 24, 2014)
he Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is investigating whether its attorney general falsely claimed membership in Taos Pueblo in New Mexico.

Simon Moya-Smith: Citizenship vs. membership in a tribal nation
Opinion
Simon Moya-Smith: Citizenship vs. membership in a tribal nation (February 21, 2014)
Simon Moya-Smith discusses a touchy subject in Indian Country.

9th Circuit to rehear case over defendant's 'Indian' status
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9th Circuit to rehear case over defendant's 'Indian' status (February 12, 2014)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear a dispute over a criminal defendant's Indian status.

9th Circuit   determines defendant doesn't meet 'Indian' status
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9th Circuit determines defendant doesn't meet 'Indian' status (September 20, 2013)
A defendant's tribal enrollment certificate isn't enough to prove he is an Indian for purposes of federal law, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

9th Circuit withdraws decision for  defendant's Indian status
Law
9th Circuit withdraws decision for defendant's Indian status (August 21, 2013)
For the second time this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has withdrawn an opinion affecting a criminal defendant's Indian status.

Jennifer Gapetz: Baby Veronica is a Cherokee Nation citizen
Opinion
Jennifer Gapetz: Baby Veronica is a Cherokee Nation citizen (June 26, 2013)
Jennifer Gapetz, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, has a message for the media in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl.

Vince Two Eagles: The rez of the story on   enrollment matters
Opinion
Vince Two Eagles: The rez of the story on enrollment matters (June 25, 2013)
Vince Two Eagles discusses tribal enrollment matters on his Rez of the Story column.

This Land: One man's fight for   Cherokee Freedmen justice
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This Land: One man's fight for Cherokee Freedmen justice (May 22, 2013)
This Land Magazine publishes a lengthy article about the Freedmen citizenship dispute within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the role played by David Cornsilk, a tribal member: On an...

9th Circuit to resolve tribal membership issues in crime cases
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9th Circuit to resolve tribal membership issues in crime cases (April 19, 2013)
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to reconsider two decisions involving the "Indian" status of criminal defendants. In US v. Zepeda, the court held that a "certificate of...

Graton Rancheria restricts ability to remove members from roll
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Graton Rancheria restricts ability to remove members from roll (April 5, 2013)
The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California adopted a constitution in January that makes it harder for the tribe to remove people from the rolls. People can be removed...

9th Circuit rules tribal document isn't proof of 'Indian' status
Law
9th Circuit rules tribal document isn't proof of 'Indian' status (March 18, 2013)
An "unauthenticated" enrollment document from the Colorado River Indian Tribes isn't sufficient to prove a defendant's "Indian" status, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday. Edgar Alvirez, Jr....

Freedmen   anticipate Cherokee Nation appeal to     Supreme Court
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Freedmen anticipate Cherokee Nation appeal to Supreme Court (March 14, 2013)
The president of the Descendants Of Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes expects the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Freedmen citizenship dispute....

DC Circuit won't reconsider decision in Cherokee Freedmen suit
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DC Circuit won't reconsider decision in Cherokee Freedmen suit (March 13, 2013)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals won't reconsider a decision that said the leader of the Cherokee Nation can be sued for by Freedmen descendants. The tribe asked the court...

Group presses Snoqualmie Tribe to address membership issues
National | Federal Recognition
Group presses Snoqualmie Tribe to address membership issues (March 12, 2013)
Excluded members of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington are hoping to resolve some long-standing enrollment issues. Enrollment is open to anyone with 1/8 Snoqualmie blood. But the tribe has never...

Jay Daniels: Cherokee Nation should determine its citizenship
Opinion
Jay Daniels: Cherokee Nation should determine its citizenship (January 25, 2013)
"I have always been proud to be a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. I wasn’t looking for benefits, or because it was trendy, I’ve received no other tribal...

Harlan McKosato: Tribal membership evolves   every generation

Harlan McKosato: Tribal membership evolves every generation (January 21, 2013)
"The issue of tribal citizenship is arguably the most equivocal topic in Indian Country today. The whole concept of blood quantum is as ambiguous as it is puzzling. Native American...

MPR: White Earth Band weighs removal of  blood quantum test
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MPR: White Earth Band weighs removal of blood quantum test (January 16, 2013)
"Citizens of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe will vote on constitution reforms in a referendum planned for this summer. The proposed new constitution includes a controversial provision that would...

Cowlitz Tribe cuts service to men who questioned enrollment
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Cowlitz Tribe cuts service to men who questioned enrollment (January 11, 2013)
The Cowlitz Tribe of Washington has cut off services to two men who questioned the lineage of some top leaders. Steve Meyers and his cousin Thomas Hill were also banned...

Researcher claims Washington Indian roll from 1919 is unreliable
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Researcher claims Washington Indian roll from 1919 is unreliable (January 7, 2013)
An anthropologist claims a Washington Indian roll from 1919 is unreliable. Indian agent Charles Roblin compiled the Schedule of Unenrolled Indians to ensure unenrolled Indians received treaty and other benefits....

President Obama signs Bridgeport land and Pascua Yaqui bills
Politics | Trust
President Obama signs Bridgeport land and Pascua Yaqui bills (December 21, 2012)
President Barack Obama signed two Indian bills into law on Thursday. H.R.2467 places approximately 39.36 acres in trust for the Bridgeport Indian Colony of California The tribe gained federal recognition...

DC Circuit allows suit against Cherokee chief in Freedmen case
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DC Circuit allows suit against Cherokee chief in Freedmen case (December 14, 2012)
The chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma can be sued by Freedmen descendants, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. The tribe cannot be sued due to sovereign...

Senate passes Bridgeport land-into-trust, Pascua Yaqui bills
Law | Trust
Senate passes Bridgeport land-into-trust, Pascua Yaqui bills (December 12, 2012)
The Senate approved two Indian bills by unanimous consent on Tuesday. H.R.2467 places approximately 39.36 acres in trust for the Bridgeport Indian Colony of California. The tribe gained federal recognition...

9th Circuit dismisses Colville descendants' enrollment lawsuit
Law
9th Circuit dismisses Colville descendants' enrollment lawsuit (November 27, 2012)
Three descendants of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington can't challenge the tribe's enrollment procedures, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in an unpublished decision on...

S.E. Ruckman: Blood quantum  and affirmative action with tribes
Opinion
S.E. Ruckman: Blood quantum and affirmative action with tribes (October 29, 2012)
"Many smaller tribes today are facing the decision to lower their blood quantum requirement. Without a change, their children will not belong to the tribe that the parents belong. It...

DC Circuit taking  up long running Cherokee Freedmen   lawsuit
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DC Circuit taking up long running Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit (October 17, 2012)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments tomorrow in Vann v. Salazar, a Cherokee Freedmen case Marilyn Vann, the president of the Descendants Of Freedmen Of The...

Newly organized First Nation faces flood of enrollment requests
Canada
Newly organized First Nation faces flood of enrollment requests (October 4, 2012)
The newly organized Qalipu First Nation of Newfoundland has been hit with more than 60,000 membership applications, CBC News reports. The Mi'kmaq Band expected 11,000 members. But tens of thousands...

Suzan Harjo: Race card comes out in Massachusetts campaign
Opinion
Suzan Harjo: Race card comes out in Massachusetts campaign (September 27, 2012)
"The senatorial race in Massachusetts is too close to call—between incumbent Senator Scott Brown, Republican, and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, Democrat—and could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate....

Cherokee Nation chief disputes legality of employment law
Law
Cherokee Nation chief disputes legality of employment law (August 21, 2012)
The leader of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma said he won't sign or veto a bill that requires six top positions to be held by tribal citizens. Chief Bill John...

Cherokee Nation Council bars non-Cherokees from top positions
National | Politics
Cherokee Nation Council bars non-Cherokees from top positions (August 15, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation Council voted 9-8 on Monday to pass a bill that requires five key positions to be filled by members of the Cherokee Nation. The bill applies to...

Tim Giago: A clear and present danger to our tribal sovereignty
Opinion
Tim Giago: A clear and present danger to our tribal sovereignty (August 13, 2012)
By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © 2012 Unity South Dakota Indian law, sovereignty and jurisdiction are not “one size fits all” issues in Indian country. There are too many variations...

Congress clears bill to allow Tigua Tribe to define membership
Law | Politics
Congress clears bill to allow Tigua Tribe to define membership (August 3, 2012)
A bill that allows the Tigua Tribe of Texas to define its own membership standards is being sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. In 1968, Congress placed the...

DC Circuit set to hear appeal in one Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit
Law | National
DC Circuit set to hear appeal in one Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit (July 30, 2012)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments on October 18 in Vann v. Salazar, a Cherokee Freedmen case. Marilyn Vann, the president of the Descendants...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe asks Congress for right to set membership
Politics
Pascua Yaqui Tribe asks Congress for right to set membership (July 25, 2012)
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona wants Congress to restore its right to set its own membership standards. The tribe gained federal recognition through an act of Congress in 1978....

Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs plans hearing
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Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs plans hearing (July 20, 2012)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing next Tuesday, July 24, on three bills. The bills are: • H.R. 726, To amend the Grand...

Cherokee Freedmen dispute appears headed toward resolution
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Cherokee Freedmen dispute appears headed toward resolution (July 17, 2012)
A long-running dispute over the status of the Freedmen within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma could be headed toward resolution in federal court. The Freedmen are the descendants of former...

Cherokee Nation awaits decision in Freedmen citizenship dispute
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Cherokee Nation awaits decision in Freedmen citizenship dispute (July 3, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation is hopeful for resolution on the citizenship status of the Freedmen, Chief Bill John Baker said.

Snoqualmie Tribe looking to discuss results of membership audit
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Snoqualmie Tribe looking to discuss results of membership audit (May 31, 2012)
The Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington has called a general membership meeting on June 23 to discuss the results of an enrollment audit. The tribe has gone through three genealogists in...

Snoqualmie Tribe in disarray amid membership, leadership feud
National
Snoqualmie Tribe in disarray amid membership, leadership feud (May 28, 2012)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is threatening to intervene in a leadership and membership dispute within the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington. The terms of most of the members of the...

United Keetoowah Band to reopen roll for relinquished members
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United Keetoowah Band to reopen roll for relinquished members (May 25, 2012)
The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma is reopening its roll to people who relinquished their membership. Chief George Wickliffe said some people were forced to give up...

Rival group opposes change in Blackfeet Nation enrollment rule
National
Rival group opposes change in Blackfeet Nation enrollment rule (May 24, 2012)
A rival group says the Blackfeet Nation of Montana shouldn't relax its membership criteria. Blackfeet Against Open Enrollment doesn't think the tribe is in danger of losing its numbers. The...

Group pushing Blackfeet Nation to change membership criteria
National
Group pushing Blackfeet Nation to change membership criteria (May 21, 2012)
Members of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana say the tribe should relax its membership criteria. A group called the Blackfeet Enrollment Amendment Reform wants to eliminate the tribe's 1/4 blood...

Supreme Court declines to review Cherokee Nation ICWA case
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Supreme Court declines to review Cherokee Nation ICWA case (May 21, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court today declined a petition in Nielson v. Ketchum, an Indian Child Welfare Act case. A non-Indian couple adopted a boy who was automatically enrolled in the...

Doug George-Kanentiio: Tribes set standards for membership
Opinion
Doug George-Kanentiio: Tribes set standards for membership (May 21, 2012)
Over the past generation it has become somewhat trendy to claim Native ancestry, especially since the expansion of commercial gambling with attendant benefits for enrolled members of federally recognized aboriginal...

Santa Clara Pueblo to change membership rules after vote
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Santa Clara Pueblo to change membership rules after vote (May 2, 2012)
Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico will change its membership rules but the specifics are up in the air, the tribe's leader said. Gov. Walter Dasheno called the vote...

Report: Santa Clara Pueblo votes to change membership rule
Law
Report: Santa Clara Pueblo votes to change membership rule (May 1, 2012)
More than 30 years after a key U.S. Supreme Court decision, Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico will change its membership policy, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. In Santa...

With 315,698 members, Cherokee Nation is  biggest tribe
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With 315,698 members, Cherokee Nation is biggest tribe (April 13, 2012)
With 315,698 members, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is the largest tribe in the U.S. But the figure is skewed because it includes citizens who have passed on. Still, the...

Jack Duran: A personal connection to Tigua membership bill
Opinion
Jack Duran: A personal connection to Tigua membership bill (March 27, 2012)
"In 2007, I departed big firm life to start my own law firm, and the journey and my experiences with my tribal clients now run deeper and are much more...

OPB: Growing enrollment a big issue for  tribes in Northwest
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OPB: Growing enrollment a big issue for tribes in Northwest (February 9, 2012)
"The membership rolls at some Northwest tribes are swelling much faster than growth in the general population. Some of that increase is due to a high birth rate among American...

House backs bill to allow Tigua Tribe to define membership
Law | Politics
House backs bill to allow Tigua Tribe to define membership (December 13, 2011)
By a voice vote, the House last week passed H.R. 1560, a bill that allows the Tigua Tribe of Texas. In 1968, Congress placed the tribe under state jurisdiction. The...

MSU News: Holding non-Indians accountable on   reservations
Education | Law
MSU News: Holding non-Indians accountable on reservations (October 17, 2011)
"Domestic violence against Native American women and pollution of American Indian land - mostly at the hands of non-Native Americans - are just two of many issues that could destroy...

House Natural Resources Committee  approves three Indian bills
Politics
House Natural Resources Committee approves three Indian bills (July 20, 2011)
By unanimous consent, the House Natural Resources Committee approved 11 bills at a markup today. Three Indian bills were among those approved. They are: • H.R.1158, the Montana Mineral Conveyance...

House Natural Resources  Committee  hosts  markup on Wednesday
National
House Natural Resources Committee hosts markup on Wednesday (July 18, 2011)
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a markup this Wednesday on several bills. Three Indian bills are on the agenda. They are: • H.R.1158, the Montana Mineral Conveyance Act....

BBC:  Indian identity influenced  by debate over blood quantum
National
BBC: Indian identity influenced by debate over blood quantum (July 11, 2011)
"Blood quantum might sound like an action movie, but to the country's Native Americans it's all about identity. First introduced in colonial Virginia in the early 18th Century as a...

Tigua Tribe lobbies Congress to return its  membership rights
Law | Politics
Tigua Tribe lobbies Congress to return its membership rights (June 24, 2011)
When Congress restored federal recognition to the Tigua Tribe of Texas in 1987, it imposed a 1/8th blood quantum standard on membership. More than 20 years later, the requirement is...

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