Red Lake Tribal Council to discuss blood quantum

The Red Lake Tribal Council is scheduled to discuss concerns about the blood quantum change for member enrollment during their meeting tomorrow.

According to Red Lake Nation Tribal Secretary Samuel Strong, the resolution that passed in October makes everyone who was on the 1958 membership base roll four-fourths a Red Lake Chippewa Indian, opening the door for enrollment for over 1,200 eligible band members, who are pending until they are potentially ratified at the meeting tomorrow.

Band member Kim Baker cites a lack of adequate research, consultation with band members and political motives, and has filed a court injunction to stop the October action, and she plans to demand a referendum vote on the matter. 

According to a release, “these new enrollees will compete with existing members over already scarce financial resources, lands and natural resources.”


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