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Disenrollees of Pala Band ask federal appeals court for rehearing


Hundreds of people who have been removed from the Pala Band of Mission Indians are asking a federal appeals court to rehear their case.

The tribe changed its constitution and enrollment laws to keep the Bureau of Indian Affairs out of membership matters. The lack of federal oversight directly contributed to the disenrollment of more than 150 people, a petition filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reads.

"These days, the decimation of federally recognized Native American Indians is aided by the Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs, when the government ignores its legal trust responsibility to federally enrolled tribal members," the petition, a copy of which was posted by Original Pechanga, a blog that focuses on disenrollment issues, states.


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