Dear Nooksack People,
By now you have heard rumors that there is going to be an Emergency General Council Meeting on July 14th at the Deming Logging Show. The rumor is true. Please attend! The time is NOW! The plan is to discuss holding an election to fill the 4 seats for Vice Chairman, Treasurer, and the 2 councilman positions.
We want to hear from you--the people. You are the VOICE! This ex-councils position was to listen to the voice of the people. The people are the ones who VOTED them in. The people are the ones with the POWER to vote them out.
Please attend from 4-7 this Thursday and make your voices heard. Please come and tell the people of Nooksack whether we should hold an election or not! It's your decision. If you decide it's not a good decision, then come and share with the people why its not. If you believe it's time, lets do this. You are the General Council. This is how the ancestors designed this government way back when. Did you know there was even a Council of Elders? Please attend so that we can bring this group back. Our Elders deserve a voice. I was taught to honor and respect my elders and their words carry wisdom. This meeting is not about anything other than the election and the reinstatement of the Council of Elders. It is the RIGHT of the Nooksack People to have this election as spelled out in the Constitution--EVERY 4-years! No extension on terms. This ex-council has been changing the rules and violating this Constitution since day one. It's up to you the People to say, "Enough is Enough!"
I pray to see you there. It's the Nooksack People that can make change. I know many of you are scared about being fired and losing your jobs and homes, so that's why it's imperative to take action. It's NOT RIGHT to be living amongst this Martial Law environment run by dictators. Only the People can make change. You are the leaders. You are the VOICE!!! of NOOKSACK!
UPDATE:The Kelly Faction has told any employee who attends tonight's meeting that they will be fired tomorrow. Do NOT let this fear mongering prevent you from having your voice heard. Come on out to the Deming Log Show. Over 100 people are already here. The meeting is starting soon.
Praying for the Nooksack people to do what is right and in doing this, you are standing up for your rights and the rights of all disenrolled Natives whose tribes'rogue leaders have dictated their tribes. We are behind you!
YES!! STAND UP MY BROTHERS 'THE TIME IS NOW"..THE WAVE is HERE Nooksack People make that change! DO NOT FEAR MY BROTHERS and SISTERS 'THE CREATOR is ON YOUR TIME and SIDE. MOVE FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE".. YOUR LEGACY HISTORY and CHILDREN IS WORTH THE CHANGE!..CORRUPTION IS NOT THE NATIVE WAY. "FIGHT THE POWERS THAT OPPRESS and HOLD YOU DOWN~ WE are WITH YOU NOOKSACK.!
THE SAN PASQUAL KUMEYAAY TRIBE" ~PONTAS BLANCO. K/Q Kumeyaay.
Any update on what happened during the meeting? I hope everything worked in the favor of the people and not the council.
There is definitely a problem at Nooksack since elections have been suspended. Is the BIA going to say it can only recognize the last duly elected tribal committee? They have gotten away with this on several occasions. How can a tribal committee whose terms have expired and who have not been re-elected be recognized as a legitimate governing body? It is a total sham.
Instead of recognizing the last duly elected tribal committee, the BIA should notify the tribe that the government-to-government relationship is suspended until there is a duly elected committee in place with all offices filled in conformance with the tribe's governing document. That means all programs, benefits and services would be suspended until a legitimate election was conducted.
It should also mean that the former tribal committee members who suspended elections are no longer protected by sovereign immunity and it would be a good time to sue them. Even if they try to claim immunity, if they suspended elections they have exceeded their authority and as a result are not entitled to immunity. The elected officers of a tribe exceed their authority when they commit actions for which the tribal council cannot delegate authority.
The tribal committee cannot delegate the authority to violate the election provisions of the tribes governing document. No governing body has the authority to violate the governing document of a tribe.
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