Tribal Court Stipulates to Settlement between BOT and Sally Kosey


Mission, OR – The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Tribal Court stipulated to a settlement agreement between several named members of the Board of Trustees and Ms. Sally Kosey for her return to the At-Large seat she was elected to in November, 2017.  Tribal Court heard arguments on October 1, 2019 regarding the Board of Trustee’s action to vacate Ms. Kosey’s seat on August 5, 2019.  On that same day, Tribal Court issued a Temporary Restraining Order that restrained the Board of Trustees from acting any further on this matter and to reseat Ms. Kosey. 

The settlement agreement approved by the Tribal Court now makes the complaint Ms. Kosey filed moot.  The complaint will be dismissed within five business days of December 4, 2019 when a newly elected Board of Trustees is sworn in and seated.  The settlement agreement stipulates no admission of wrongdoing by the Board of Trustees, employees or its agent. In addition, neither party may untruthfully disparage each other in public, social media or otherwise. 

These actions bring a conclusion to the events of the past several months.  “It is the goal of the Board of Trustees to act as one body,” said Tribal Chairman Gary Burke, “with the reseating of Ms. Kosey we are again one body committed to serving our Tribal members.”

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is made up of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes, formed under the Treaty of 1855 at the Walla Walla Valley, 12 statute 945.  In 1949, the Tribes adopted a constitutional form of government to protect, preserve and enhance the treaty rights guaranteed under federal statute.




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