Banishment of Isleta Tribal Members
On December 30, 2010, the Isleta Tribal Council adopted Resolution #2010-146, “Resolution on Banishment of Pueblo of Isleta Tribal Members.” Click: Resolution #2010-146.
Article V, Section 2(e) of the Isleta Tribal Constitution expressly empowers the Tribal Council to remove and exclude non-members from the reservation. However, the Constitution does not contain any language that empowers the Council to remove and exclude Tribal Members from the reservation.
So, the Council adopted Resolution #2010-146 to declare that the Council has the “inherent” power to remove and exclude tribal members from the reservation “whose presence may be found by the Tribal Council to be injurious to the peace, safety or welfare of the members of the Pueblo.”
This is a very extreme punishment. So, what kind of Tribal Member is “injurious to the peace, safety or welfare” of our Tribe?
Well, I guess it can’t be convicted murderers because we have those persons living on the rez. And, it can’t be child molesters because those persons are also living on the rez. And, it can’t be rapists because they also live on the rez? And, it can’t be our brave tough men who beat the crap out of their wives or their girlfriends because they’re also happily living on the rez. And, it isn’t drug dealers because they’re also living on the rez.
So, if it’s not these Tribal Members, then who is it?