Disenrollment is predominately about race, and money, and an “individualistic, materialistic attitude” that is not indigenous to tribal communities.
Because many tribes have maintained the IRA’s paternalistic and antiquated definition of “Indian” vis-a-vis blood quantum (as discussed in “An Essay on the Federal Origins of Disenrollment“), tribal membership has largely become “an explicitly racial conception of Indian identity.” Suzianne D. Painter-Thorne, If You Build It, They Will Come: Preserving Tribal Sovereignty in the Face of Indian Casinos and the New Premium on Tribal Membership, 14 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 311 (2010)...
Galanda Broadman. An Essay on the Modern Dynamics of Tribal Disenrollment. Galanda Broadman, PLLC. Seattle, Washington. March 12, 2014. Opinion. (http://www.galandabroadman.com/blog/2014/03/an-essay-on-the-modern..., accessed January 20, 2015)