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Grand Portage Vice Chairman discusses new White Earth constitution

John Morrin
John Morrin

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On November 19th, almost 80 percent of the voting members of the White Earth Nation, part of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, approved a new White Earth constitution. The new constitution, among other things, establishes a new rule for determining tribal membership. The White Earth Nation would be the first band in Minnesota to do away with the so-called “blood quantum” law for tribal membership. WTIP’s Kelly Schoenfelder recently spoke with Grand Portage Tribal Council Vice Chairman John Morrin about the implications of the decision.