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Emerging Trends in Tribal Enrollment

Date: December 1 - 3, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM Ė 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Tuition:   $1,095

Enrollment is one of the most important issues that tribes face today, yet itís also one of the most controversial. Plus, new challenges and situations are likely to make enrollment even more complicated. This class covers key enrollment issues, such as blood quantum, automation, per capita payments, biotechnology, the tribal constitutionís role and more.

Donít miss this unique opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues and discuss trends and technology. Find out how to avoid enrollment disputes and meet privacy requirements. Youíll also learn how to circumvent arbitrary membership decisions, prepare for and conduct an audit of your enrollment records and handle issues such as questionable enrollees.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Introduction to Tribal Enrollment
  • Why enrollment is important to tribes
  • How enrollment needs have changed
  • Federal law and enrollment
  • Keys to effective enrollment
The Enrollment Ordinance
  • Constitutional law and amendments
  • Changing membership requirements
  • Maintaining the ordinance and roles
  • The well-written ordinance as a daily guide
  • Evaluating your enrollment ordinance
  • Amending the ordinance to meet your needs
Establishing Membership Requirements
  • Types of membership criteria:
    • Blood degree
    • Residency
  • Types of enrollees:
    • Basic
    • Automatic eligibility
    • Ancestry and blood degree
  • Adoption
  • Blood quantum debate
  • Impact of reducing blood quantum requirements
Impact on Voting
  • Election ordinance
  • General provisions
Life of an Enrollment Record
  • How records are created
  • Records management process
  • Need for records management
  • A record’s life cycle
  • Storing and protecting records
  • Preparing records for filing
  • Handling confidential records
  • Developing a records retention schedule
  • Records disposal
Privacy of Enrollment Records
  • What records can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?
  • Making a FOIA request
  • The Privacy Act
  • Keeping your records confidential
Rolls Used to Distribute Trust Assets
  • Why tribal property is held in trust
  • Using a membership roll for trust asset payments
  • Appeals for enrollment to share in trust assets
  • Disenrollment procedures
  • Abandonment
  • Relinquishment
  • Removal from reservation
  • What youíll face after disenrolling a member
  • How disenrollment affects the future of enrollment
  • Temporary disenrollment
  • Appeals process
  • P.L. 280 states vs. non P.L. 280 states
Emerging Technologies
  • Fertility technologies (e.g., in vitro fertilization)
  • Definition of a “biological child”
  • State law
  • Addressing issues in your enrollment ordinance
DNA Testing
  • Overview of DNA testing — what is it and how does it work?
  • Cost and determining financial responsibility
  • Potential uses (e.g., establishing paternity)
  • Working with DNA laboratories — collection and testing
  • Developing a process (e.g., sample collection, chain of custody, identification, etc.)
  • Issues and challenges
  • DNA testing and the enrollment ordinance
Current Case Law
  • Banishment
  • Pending applications
  • Disenrollment
  • Impact of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
Automated Enrollment Systems
  • Overview and demonstration
  • Features and benefits
  • Challenges and implementation issues
  • The life of an enrollment record
Community/Public Relations
  • Dealing with bad publicity when your enrollment ordinance is changed
  • Benefits that can be offered to those who are disenrolled
  • Dealing with per capita payments

*Topics subject to change.

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