Tribe sidesteps disenrollment as a human and civil rights issue
Nooksack leadership claims tribal disenrollees won’t lose their culture as a result of being disenrolled and evicted.
WASHINGTON — Will the U.S. Departments of the Interior, State, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) give credence to the Nooksack Indian Tribe’s effort to center its controversial disenrollment of 306 tribal citizens as an issue solely about the extent of tribal sovereignty?
Or will the U.S. government look to past on-the-book federal law and policy that implies these are issues of federal interest that relate at least partially to Indigenous human and civil rights issues?
These are the weighty policy questions that Indigenous advocates are asking of leaders like Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Bryan Newland, as well as of Marcia Fudge, the secretary of HUD.