Chukchansi Tribe takes one of last fluent speakers off rolls
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Picayune Rancheria of the
in California has removed hundreds of people from its rolls, including one of the last fluent speakers of the Chukchansi language.
The tribe determined that Jack Roan, who died in 1942, was not Chukchansi. Incidentally, he's the subject of an Edward S. Curtis
photo that identifies him as "Chukchansi Yokuts."
The decision led to the disenrollment of Roan's descendants, including his daughter, Ruby Cordero. The 87-year-old woman is one of the last fluent Chukchansi speakers and an expert on basket weaving.
“She was born and raised on that property,” Nancy Dondero, Ruby’s great-niece, told The New York Times. Dondero and her children also have been disenrolled.
The tribe has removed 400 to 500 people from its rolls in recent years.
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