Coincidentally, Pechanga was supposed to have a meeting every month, too. But during Pechanga's Indian Removal era, the council often did not have meetings, in order to conspire as to how to terminate Indians. Lawlessness. There are 1o ways to help combat lawlessness in Indian Country on the sidebar.
Tribe's council meets in defiance of court order
Associated Press - June 8, 2008 1:15 PM ET
GROVE, Okla. (AP) - A dispute between two arms of the Seneca-Cayuga's tribal government has taken another turn.
The Miami, Okla.-based tribe's general council met yesterday, even after a tribal court had ordered the meeting to be postponed. During the meeting, the council voted to abolish the court, which had been created less than a year ago.
The council also accepted the resignation of tribal Chief Paul Spicer, who had already said he planned on stepping down.
Under the tribal constitution, a quorum of at least 30 tribal council members must meet on the first Saturday in June. Such meetings have been held annually since 1937.
The tribe has about 4,400 members, some of whom claim Spicer has tried to silence opposition at council meetings. Spicer countered that a faction of tribal members wanted to intimidate those who did not agree with them and tried to set up a "shadow government."
The tribal court's order had stayed all general council meetings until July 9th, when a hearing was scheduled on a case involving Spicer and 11 tribal members.