"Disenrollment"

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Gerald Clarke Jr.
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Cahuilla artist Gerald Clarke Jr. poses for a portrait with his artwork titled "Disenrollment," at his home on the Cahuilla Indian reservation on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 in Anza, Calif. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times

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This acrylic painting depicts a tobacco plant indigenous to Southern California and is considered sacred to the Cahuilla. The dotted line and scissor icon expresses the tragedy of tribal disenrollment that has been occurring within some California tribes over the past two decades. Sadly, some tribes are now cutting off their own roots.

This painting is now in a private collection.

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