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 processing: "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 insights? Leonard Schiefer lschiefer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Chief Copy Editor Electronic Products Magazine Garden City, NY