Monday, September 3, 2007

The New Tribal Council

In October, the tribal council will choose a new corresponding secretary. Nobody yet knows if they will vote for the remaining officer slots, such as chairperson, vice-chairperson, recording secretary and treasurer.

The position of corresponding secretary, currently held by Roberta Harris-Payne who was not re-elected in August, will have to be filled. Could September also be the last month of Bruce Bozsum’s term as chair of the tribal council? Two new tribal councilors have been elected since the tribal council election in the summer of 2005, when the chairperson and the other officer positions were last selected by their fellow councilors.

Since then, Thayne Hutchins replaced Roberta Harris-Payne and Cheryl Todd replaced Roland Harris on the tribal council.

It has been suggested that alleged irregularities in bid practices that resulted in Bozsum’s brother Mike receiving a large casino contract, among other reasons, could result in the selection of a new chairperson.

The Tribe’s Constitution doesn’t forbid the election of a slate of new officers although last year the Council of Elders chose not to select new officers among those councilors already holding those slots for the first two years of their four-year terms.