Red Lake Nation population projections take center stage at listening sessions
The sessions included six scenarios detailing potential tribal membership growth or decline over the next 100 years if blood quantum requirements were to change
December 27, 2022
RED LAKE — Three years after the Red Lake Tribal Council voted to change the recorded blood quantum of tribal members on the 1958 base roll to a 4/4 blood degree, or full blood, the nation is discussing possible action to further strengthen its membership for years to come.
According to Indian Country Today, blood quantum is used by the United States government to track the amount of “Native blood” a person has in order to limit the size of tribal membership. Blood quantum is measured in fractions and can affect a person’s ability to be recognized as Native American by state and federal programs.