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The Origins, Current Status, and Future Prospects of Blood Quantum as the Definition of Membership in the Navajo Nation


Paul Spruhan


Navajo Nation Department of Justice

2007

Tribal Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2007

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The paper traces the origins of the requirement that persons have one-quarter or more Navajo blood to be enrolled in the Navajo Nation. Through minutes of the Navajo Nation Council and Bureau of Indian Affairs documents, the paper discusses the genesis of this requirement in the context of the development of the Nation's natural resources and the Nation's attempts to adopt a tribal constitution. The paper further examines recent unsuccessful efforts to revise the requirement, and the possibility of challenges to the requirement under the recently passed statute mandating application of the Fundamental Laws of the Dine.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: Indian law, Navajo Nation, blood quantum, race

JEL Classification: K39

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Date posted: May 29, 2008 ; Last revised: April 23, 2009

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Spruhan, Paul, The Origins, Current Status, and Future Prospects of Blood Quantum as the Definition of Membership in the Navajo Nation (2007). Tribal Law Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1138302

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Navajo Nation Department of Justice ( email )
Window Rock, AZ 86515
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