Inaugural #stopdisenrollment participants include, clockwise from top left, Winona LaDuke, Litefoot, Louie Gong and Dyami Thomas.

National ‘Stop Disenrollment’ Visual Advocacy Movement Launches


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.”

The crowd-sourced, online campaign can be followed at 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.

Rob Williams for #stopdisenrollment movement.

#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

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
Good to hear and watch some "acknowlegement" that there is a great degree of disparity between those Indian Tribes that are "wealthy" and the rest of Indian Tribes that are poor. Obviously more, there is a greater degree of difference and concerns especially in what Western Indian Tribes, Southern Tribes contend with versus what those greater, wealthy, politically-savy Indian Tribes have (which is much more than what most Indian tribes live with). Its apparent what disenrollment is especially if there is surplus money involved, i.e. casino-gaming revenues.