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Enrollment dispute hits Narragansett Tribe

About 200 members of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island have been suspended after a review of the tribal rolls.

The suspensions led to the loss of health care, education and other services. But after a protest, the services were restored pending resolution of the matter. The tribe also voted to postpone an election until the dispute is sorted out.

Some of the suspended members say the decision is unfair. Yvette Champlain, a former council member, was suspended even though she can trace her enrollment to a base roll that was used when the tribe gained federal recognition.

The latest review was initial by tribal members, not the tribal council, said a council member. A review was also conducted in the 1990s.

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Narragansetts' Suspension Of Tribal Members Is Questioned (The New London Day 3/9)

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