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Rocky Boy voters amend constitution


March 14, 2002

In 1958, more than 100 enrolled members of the local Chippewa Cree tribe were stripped of their tribal membership because they had not lived on Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation for the previous decade.

An amendment passed last week in the tribe's secretarial election will ensure that won't happen again. With the amendment one of four that passed March 6 in the tribe's first constitutional revision since 1972 the only way a tribal member can lose membership status is by enrolling with a different tribe.

"Once you're a member, you're always a member," said James Montes, the Bureau of Indian Aff...

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