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Published November 08, 2010, 10:13 AM

Three Affiliated Tribes Approves Enrollment Change

The Three Affiliated Tribes has changed its requirement for tribal enrollment.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — The Three Affiliated Tribes has changed its requirement for tribal enrollment.

The Minot Daily News reports that members voted last week to allow only those with at least one-eighth degree Hidatsa, Mandan or Arikara blood to become enrolled members.

The move ends lineal descendency, which requires only that a tribal member be a descendant of an enrolled member.

About 57 percent of voters favored the change. Sixty-three percent approved a separate amendment that requires candidates for tribal business council and tribal chairman to have a minimum one-fourth Indian blood.

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