A tribal nation with what could be North America’s strictest enrollment criteria may soon decide on more flexible rules that might, if adopted, increase the tribe’s current 3,000-plus membership.
A pending election could lower the 5/8 Ute Indian blood degree requirement for membership in the Ute Indian Tribe, Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Fort Duchesne, Utah [“Northern Utes”], which occupies some 1.3 million acres of trust land containing significant oil and gas deposits...
Berry, Carol. "Northern Ute Tribal Enrollment May Rise, Pending Election Could Lower Blood Quantum." Indian Country Today Media Network. April 09, 2013. Article. (https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/politics/northern-ute-tribal..., accessed April 9, 2013)