Date: Fri, 4 Aug 1995 10:42:00 EST

From: Electronic Products Magazine 0004276021[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MCIMAIL.COM

Subject: "tribal members"

Here's a copy-editing question from an article in another publication,

"Sandia Science News." Is anyone bothered by the following sentence,

taken from an article about Indians using new methods of food


"Tribal members are using solar power to dry crops quickly."

Should the adjective be "tribe" since the adjective "tribal" means,

according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, "of, relating

to, or characteristic of a tribe"? Would you describe membership as

'tribal"? If I had copy-edited this sentence, I would have said

"Members of the tribe"; I know my solution begs the question. Any


Leonard Schiefer lschiefer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Chief Copy Editor

Electronic Products Magazine

Garden City, NY