An example of Tribal Bias against Mixed-Blood Uinta's
» Ute Tribe -vs- Clifton K. Hackford«
There is much that America's many Indian tribes disagree on. However, with two exception, they all support tribal sovereignty and a number is still supporting termination, a policy that was discredited by the mid-1960's and was formally renounced by the federal government in the early 1970's.
Notwithstanding the threat of termination which their are facing, the Ute Northern Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation is still arguing vehemently in favor of the Ute Partition Act of 1954. The UPA terminated 490 Uintah Band members of mixed descend. The Uinta Band one of the three constituent bands of the Northern Ute Tribe and the only band holding treaty rights to the land occupied by the Ute Tribe in Utah.
The Ute Tribe would abandon its own sovereignty in order to spite the terminated Uinta's and by defending the UPA it is doing just that. On two occasion's, the Ute tribe refused to allow a resolution calling upon Congress to repeal the Ute Partition Act of 1954, to be presented at the 2007 annual convention and 2008 midyear meeting, of the Nation Congress of American Indians. Read the lastest Resolution Here!
Any Tribe that supports a termination act is creating a precedent that endangers the sovereignty of all Tribes. And now it appears the National Congress of American Indians (NCIA) also endorses this policy.
No matter what it's called, "Termination or Dis-enrollment" there one in the same. The only thing that makes them different is the institution. Termination is carried out by the Government! Dis-enrollment through the Tribe! But the results are the same. The deliberate disfranchisement of a targeted group or individual for either economical or political gain, or just plain prejudice!
Because of the stand taken by Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Indian Reservation, they leave no other choice but to call on Congress to repeal or fully implement the UPA by terminating the Ute Tribe as mandate under P.L 671, sec. 23 of the 83th Congress, Title 25, Chapter14, subchapter XXVIII, § 677W!