National ‘Stop Disenrollment’ Visual Advocacy Movement Launches
Indian Country Today
Indigenous People across Turtle Island will put their palms in the air to commence a national advocacy campaign: #stopdisenrollment, beginning today at 2 p.m. PST.
The STOP Disenrollment movement follows the motto: “Not Indigenous, Not Traditional, Not Acceptable, Stop Disenrollment.”
There and through social media channels, Indigenous Peoples who believe that disenrollment is contrary to tribal values and traditions, and thus should be stopped, will engage in a powerful, uncensored mode of visual self-expression. All Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to participate.
The movement simply asks supporters to complete this sentence: “disenrollment _____.” Supporters should write their thoughts on the palm of their hand or a piece of paper, take a picture and share it at the “Post Yours” link on the movement’s website as well as on social media.
#stopdisenrollment is a leaderless movement, which intends to first attract representatives of all 567 federally-recognized tribes in the United States, and ultimately attract as many participants as there are disenrolled Indians.
Currently, over 80 federally recognized tribes—or 15 percent of all tribes—in 17 states, have disenrolled their kin. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 Indigenous Peoples have been disenrolled in the U.S.
Inaugural #stopdisenrollment participants include:
— Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, Environmental Activist, Minnesota
— Litefoot, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Rap Artist, Actor, Author, Entrepreneur
— Louie Gong, Nooksack, Indian Artist-Activist, Seattle
— Bethany Yellowtail, Northern Cheyenne/Crow, Fashion Designer, Los Angeles
— Dyami Thomas, Leech Lake Anishinaabe/Klamath, Actor, Model
— Robert Williams, Lumbee, Author, Legal Scholar, Tucson
— Gregg Deal, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Indian Artist-Activist, Denver, Colorado
— Jeffrey Verrege, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Marvel Comics Artist, Bremerton, Washington
— Greg Sarris, Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, California
— Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux, Last Real Indians Founder, Lawyer-Activist, South Dakota
— Janeen Comenote, Quinault/Oglala Sioux, National Urban Indian Family Coalition, Washington