Red Lake Nation steps towards blood quantum abolishment

RED LAKE– The Red Lake Tribal Council passed a resolution Tuesday that would grant every Red Lake Nation member enrolled in 1958 full blood quantum status.

According to the release, this would make membership into the Band more inclusive, as members currently need one-quarter Red Lake ancestry to enroll.

The release says that this is the first step in abolishing blood quantum standards, with Secretary Sam Strong stating “we need to continue to visit this enrollment issue until we can come to a consensus to end our current practice of mathematical genocide.”

Enrollment applications for potential members who may now qualify are due in mid-January. More information is available at their website.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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