New constitution for White Earth has implications for MN Chippewa Tribe

Sign at the outskirts of the White Earth Nation (J Stephen Conn/Flickr)
Sign at the outskirts of the White Earth Nation (J Stephen Conn/Flickr)

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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 will 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 Professor John Borrows of the University of Minnesota, an expert on indigenous law, about the new constitution.


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