Indian Civil Rights Icon Lawrence Baca Publishes Article on "The Scourge of Tribal Disenrollment"


Lawrence Baca, longtime U.S. Department of Justice Indian civil rights warrior and former three-term President of the National Native American Bar Association, has published "Today You Are My Brother; But Tomorrow, Maybe Not (The Scourge of Tribal Disenrollment).

The article appears in the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s Review 2019-2020: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, at page 135.

Lawrence admitted to “stealing liberally from the work of Gabe Galanda – with his permission, of course. See Gabriel S. Galanda & Ryan D. Dreveskracht, Curing The Tribal Disenrollment Epidemic: In Search Of A Remedy,” explaining: “Of the many articles written on this subject theirs is the most thorough and thoughtful.”

An excerpt from Lawrence’s article:

The Supreme Court has granted unto itself the power to declare what tribal governmental powers are “inconsistent with their status” as domestic dependent nations.26 Tribes stand one too many disenrollments and five votes away from losing their immunity from suit in federal court because the Court decides that it is “inconsistent with their status” as sovereign governments to deny basic human rights to their members and remain beyond the rule of federal law.

And there’s this embedded image in the article:

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Galanda Broadman, PLLC, is an American-Indian owned law firm that opposes disenrollment. #StopDIsenrollment