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Amending and Updating Tribal
Enrollment Requirements



Date: December 6-8, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas (3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South)
  For a room rate of $65, please book your room by November 22, 2017. Please click here to make your reservation.
Tuition:   $865

Many tribes across the country are finding that their constitutions contain antiquated enrollment provisions. These constitutions, many of them from the IRA era, and their enrollment bylaws could potentially cause problems for the tribe. Enrollment is a complex and emotionally and politically charged topic, which can make the revision process much more difficult. Enrollment decisions made today will affect your tribe for generations to come.

This class will provide you with valuable tools for moving forward with revisions and adoption of enrollment provisions. You’ll learn about current trends in enrollment policies, as well as trends in modern tribal governance. We’ll examine case studies of tribal membership disputes and discuss constitutional amendments and the drafting of enrollment ordinances. We’ll also address questions to consider on actuarial population forecasting and tribal demographics and look at participatory governance practices and processes for implementing enrollment changes with a focus on consensus-building.

We'll look at your current enrollment requirements in an in-class activity. Don’t miss this training opportunity — register today!


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Modern Forms of Tribal Governance
  • Trends in adopting non-IRA constitutions
  • General councils
  • Role of tribal courts
Trends in Enrollment Policies
  • Implications of antiquated enrollment provisions
  • Revising old constitutions and ordinances to reflect changes in enrollment and membership
  • Shift from blood quantum to lineal decent
  • Tribal membership vs. citizenship
Roles of Federal and Tribal Courts in Enrollment Issues
  • Limited role of federal courts
  • Responsibilities of tribal courts
  • Trends in tribal government/tribal court relationships in enrollment decisions
Overview of Various Approaches to Enrollment
  • Blood quantum
  • Direct decent
  • Lineal decent
  • Implications of various approaches
Overview of Actuarial Population Forecasting
  • Tribal membership forecasting considerations
Enrollment Disputes
  • Case studies
  • Role of tribal courts
  • Accuracy of base rolls and other documents
  • Neutral third parties
Participatory Governance and Consensus-Building
  • Directives for change
  • Public forums and meetings
  • Surveys and other information gathering
  • Transparency of process
Practical Lessons from Ongoing Enrollment Revisions
  • Sharing experiences
  • Practical information and considerations
Enrollment Revisions Workshop
  • Bring your tribe’s constitution and enrollment ordinances. Discuss potential revisions with other participants and get advice from our expert instructor.

*Topics subject to change.

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