ELKO — A group is passing around a petition to stop Te-Moak disenrollment.
Lois Whitney said the enrollment committee — with the approval of some Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Council members — has approved the disenrollment of approximately 300 Shoshone tribal members from the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. These individuals join hundreds of others who have been disenrolled since 2003.
Disenrollment has cut these people off from tribal rights — from homes, land assignments, health care and the right to vote — as well as spiritual rights, Whitney said. She added the rights are being taken away without the protection of the Constitution throughout Shoshone communities — depriving them of their heritage and benefits.
Pending actions in the Battle Mountain, South Fork and Elko reservations are being implemented by people who are being disenrolled or others who are concerned. These Shoshones have banded together to fight against disenrollment in their communities by meeting and strategizing how it can be stopped.
Meetings are open to the public, and all who are interested are invited to call Whitney at 340-9897 or Myron Tybo at 744-4574 for information.