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White Earth Band considers changing membership rules

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PONSFORD, Minn. - The White Earth Band of Ojibwe in northwestern Minnesota could become the first member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to revise its constitution and completely change the rules for tribal membership.


The proposal to change the "cookie cutter" constitution used since the 1930s contains a controversial measure that would change the way the White Earth Tribe determines who qualifies for tribal citizenship, providing a boost to a shrinking population.

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