Word is coming from the Nooksack people that the Bob Kelly led tribal council is acting outside the tribal constitution and postponing their upcoming elections. Do they need to have Jimmy Carter as an observer to make sure elections are on the up and up?
The Nooksack tribal council passed an election ordinance that would change voting to absentee only. This would allow them to control who receives ballots. Apparently, not all council members are being included in council meetings. Sources say that tribal council members Nadene Rapada and Carmen Tageant have been excluded from meetings.
This smacks of fascism in its truest sense. Not allowing all elected representatives of the tribe to have their say. So, then, what is the Kelly faction of the council looking to accomplish? Complete exclusion of a voting bloc, and control of the council via exclusion of opposition?
Does Senator Maria Cantwell, ( @SenatorCantwell ) who is on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee have any idea what's going on in her state?
The tribe has recently filed suit to keep those whose disenrollment is pending, from voting. This is essentially forcing a sentence on those who have not been adjudicated. The rights of tribal citizens STRIPPED before a final decision is determined.
A GOOD tribal council would ensure that ALL tribal members have all their rights. This corrupt council seems to working on just the opposite. Is it any wonder that one of the tribal casinos closed? Incompetence and spending an inordinate amount of time working to abuse the rights of many of their people is not what self reliance means.
And acting outside their constitution should allow the federal government to come into the fray. Tribal sovereignty wielded as a club to beat the weak and powerless is abhorrent. It also looks like any recall petitions can be STOPPED by the very council members who would be subject to that recall.
The BIA should READ it's OWN manual:
“When enrollees lose their membership they also lose their right to share in the distribution of tribal assets. Since the Secretary is responsible for distribution of trust assets to tribal members, disenrollment actions are subject to approval by the Secretary or his authorized representatives. Any person whose disenrollment has been approved by the Area Director acting under delegated authority may appeal the adverse decision as provided in 25 C.F.R. § 2.”