Nooksack Judge Fired (In Her Own Words), and Why You (Each of You) Should Care

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Guest Commentary Published April 25, 2016 So a month of speculation ended on Friday with this Bellingham Herald story, and former Chief Judge Susan Alexander’s explanation of her termination “without cause.” After Judge Alexander passed a “random” drug test (for the second time this year), she was fired while finishing an opinion to compel an […]

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Chinook Denounces Disenrollment

Guest Commentary On Saturday, January 9, 2016, the Chinook Indian Nation General Council met for a community workshop during which, according to Chairman Tony Johnson: “There was 100% consensus that we’re not doing disenrollment.” I know because in response to my recent blog, which reported word from the Telegraph that Chinook “is proposing to disenroll a […]

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Even Unrecognized Tribes Are Disenrolling Their Kin

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Guest Commentary Published January 6, 2016 Word on the Telegraph is that the “Chinook Nation” is proposing to disenroll a slew of members who do not reside near Chinook headquarters in Bay Center, Washington. Chinook itself reports that: the Chinook Indian Nation General Assembly voted to maintain a moratorium on new enrollments, except new births, while […]

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