Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Banishment: Good Or Bad For Tribal Communities?

Tribal banishment can be seen as an expression of justice, restoring balance, or righting a wrong. Banishment can be permanent or temporary. It can strip a tribal member of their enrollment status and it can happen for a variety of reasons – from embezzling to murder to selling drugs. It’s a tribal tradition that remains in effect in some communities today, but how effective is it and what are the downsides? Is banishment a form of tribal justice? Or the appropriation of a tradition for modern, possibly less-honorable, needs?


Matthew Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa) - Professor of law at Michigan State University and tribal appellate judge for several tribes

Ryan Dreveskracht - associate attorney with Galanda Broadman law firm

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