By Karen Sloan
The discrepancy points to a disturbing trend in law school admissions, according to the National Native American Bar Association Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity: That some law school applicants falsely report that they are Native American.
The ABA's House of Delegates approved a resolution on Monday urging the Law School Admissions Council and ABA-approved law schools to require additional information from people who indicate on their registration for the Law School Admission Test and law school applications that they are Native American. Specifically, that information about their tribal citizenship, tribal affiliation or enrollment number. Applicants who don't belong to a tribe recognized by the government would provide a "heritage statement."
In a report accompanying the resolution, the National Native American Bar Association wrote that the false reporting of Native American status is a "large, systemic problem" that amounts to "academic ethnic fraud."