Council will Consider Approving New Ordinance on Tribal Membership
The Isleta Tribal Council is considering enacting the “Amended and Restated Tribal Enrollment Ordinance of the Pueblo of Isleta.” The proposed law creates criteria that would allow quarter-bloods to apply for membership through “adoption” into the Pueblo.
Under the proposed new law, to be adopted as a tribal member, quarter-bloods would have to meet the following criteria:
be initiated into a clan;
have a spokesperson or a sponsor from their clan;
must be on the “descendants list” for a minimum of five (5) years; &
for the lifetime of the applicant, he or she, must have resided on:
on the Isleta reservation;
the reservation of another Pueblo.
** There is an exception to the residency requirement. It provides “up to [a] ten (10) year excusal for a quarter-blood “attending school or in the military.”
A quarter-blood would submit their application to the Tribal Enrollment Committee (TEC) and the TEC would decide whether to accept or reject the applicant.
Quarter-bloods would also need to comply with DNA testing whenever the TEC demanded such test.
The proposed ordinance makes it clear that: “In no event the listing of a person as an Isleta Descendent provides such person with any right, interest, or entitlement to participate in any program, receive any benefit, or enjoy any privilege that the Pueblo of Isleta may confer or make available to Tribal Members.”
The Council will discuss the proposed ordinance on Monday, October 5, 2015, @ 1:00 p.m. at the Isleta Golf Course.
Listed below are the Council’s secret resolutions concerning Tribal Membership:
Resolution #2010-148; and
The resolutions listed above affect the rights of ALL tribal members including descendants of the Pueblo. Yet, this Council, and all prior Councils since 2006 have failed to make those resolutions available to the community.