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Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights.


Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights

David E. Wilkins and Shelly Hulse Wilkins

University of Washington Press


211 pages


Indigenous Confluences


This volume examines the origins and significance of tribal disenrollment, in which Native governments banish, deny, or disenroll Native citizens, and what it means that the US has laws and policies that protect citizensAE rights more than Native nations. It considers why legal, political, and cultural termination of a Native nationAEs kin has increased recently, such as due to increased gambling revenue and criminal activity; the role and motivation of tribal government officials; the rights of citizens to contest disenrollment; and the role of tribal sovereignty and the federal government. It discusses banishment in general and in indigenous nations; the rise of the term AaAaAeA enrollmentAaAaAeA from the mid-1800s to early 1900s; the 1930s Indian New Deal era and the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act; the rise of Native nationalism and tribal sovereignty in the wake of federal policies of termination, relocation, and Public Law 280; specific Native nations that are disenrolling or banishing citizens and the factors involved; how indigenous and federal courts have addressed cases; and implications of these policies and actions for indigenous nationhood, citizenship, and the status of Native individuals in their own land and in the US, as well as reform ideas. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Title Annotation:David E. Wilkins and Shelly Hulse Wilkins
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2017
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