Slate Magazine Tackles Tribal Disenrollment

Eddie Crandell (center) and the rest of the Robinson Rancheria tribal council show off the resolution reinstating disenrolled members in 2017.
Courtesy of Eddie Crandell

Published June 14, 2018

Slate, the popular online magazine, tackles the issue of tribes disenrolling its member in its “The Fight Over Who’s a ‘Real Indian'” article.

The article cites gaming revenue as leading cause of tribes disenrolling its members:

“The success of the gambling industry brought newfound prosperity to tribes as they looked for ways to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions on reservations. According to the most recent data from the National Indian Gaming Commission, gaming revenue increased more than 4 percent in 2016 to $31 billion, spurring economic development and supplementing federal funds with “per capita” payments to tribal members. It was the seventh-consecutive year of growth in gross gaming revenues for the tribal market as a whole. Critics say that wealth is exactly what caused disenrollment to reach epidemic levels. The logic is simple: Reducing the number of tribal members means more money for those who remain.”

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