- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - A tribe in Northern California is reinstating nearly 70 members who were stripped of their status eight years ago.

The Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/2kHqjOE ) that Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indian tribe of Lake County kicked dozens of people out of the tribe in 2009, many of them because they weren’t counted in a 1980 census that is a basis for membership. Chairman Eddie Crandell says an exception had been made for some people but the 2008 council removed the exception.

Seattle-based attorney Gabe Galanda says the tribe’s decision to reinstate former members is an encouraging sign amid a nationwide trend of massive tribal disenrollments for more than two decades.

Glanada says he believes the Robinson Rancheria case is the first time a group of people has been re-enrolled without a court order.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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