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Best Practices for Defending Tribal Membership Cases provides an authoritative, insider's perspective on the critical importance of tribal membership to both the individual member and to the tribe. Partners from some of the nation's leading law firms describe the inherent value that comes with the unique knowledge, talent, efforts, and potential leadership each member contributes to the tribe's future and explain why membership means much more than mere citizenship. These experts guide the reader through the intricacies of tribes' blood quantum requirements and, depending on the tribes' own traditions, the often contentious nature of disenrollment litigation in tribal courts. Finally, these leaders reveal their strategies for breaking through tribal bureaucracy and the importance of maintaining contact with tribal leaders as they represent the interests of their Native American clients whose membership has been called into question. The different niches represented and the breadth of perspectives presented enable readers to get inside some of the great legal minds of today, as these experienced lawyers offer up their thoughts on the keys to success within this evolving field.