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For nearly 25 years the governing documents of the Pala Band have been trampled on by the BIA in cahoots with Pala’s Executive Committee. In 1994 Pala was supposed to adopt a new Constitution.
That Constitution included Kupa as part of the blood requirement. But the BIA took it out. From 1994-1997 the BIA requested all kinds of changes to the Constitution that Pala’s Executive Committee rejected in favor of their 1997 version of the Constitution.
This 1997 version of the Constitution is different than what the Band thought they were voting for. Further, the BIA made clear that any changes to the Articles would have to follow the Amendment Process laid out in the Articles of Association which also required Secretarial Approval by the BIA.
The vote has never been taken properly nor have any amendments been passed properly. One of the last times the Band tried to amend the Constitution was to introduce Term Limits. That passed only for the Band to watch Robert Smith come into a meeting with Barbra Karshmer who proceeded with a few hand waiving gestures to magically make Term Limits disappear.
It keeps happening over and over. Pala’s Executive Committee just makes any changes they want to the Band’s governing documents with absolutely no input from the General Council. This happened recently where the Constitution was put on the agenda in May 2018 only to have the meeting canceled. The changes Robert wanted made to the approval dates of the Constitution were made by the BIA with no input or notice to the General Council.
This has to stop. For this reason, I have sent a Notice of Appeal about this date change to the Interior Board of Indian Affairs (IBIA). Further, I contend the Constitution is invalid, that the Band is still governed by the Articles of Association, and that the disenrollees must be allowed to vote on any changes to the Articles of Association. The Articles of Association gives final approval of the rolls to the Secretary of the Interior who already recommend the Band reinstate the disenrolled.
If you agree let me know. Nothing will change until we all stand up for our rights. If you would like a pdf copy emailed to you contact us at the Pala Store email@example.com