Board of Trustees Remove Sole Authority from Election Code


MISSION, OR – The Board of Trustees voted to remove the language from the Election Code that had authorized their sole authority to determine the qualifications of its members and officers to the Board during their regular meeting on January 6, 2020. 

Board of Trustee Resolution 20-002 effectively overturned provisions in Resolution 18-08 which had granted the Board sole authority in determining board service.

In addition, the resolution supports the General Council motion and Special Election referendum that states the 1855 Treaty boundary, as defined in article I, shall satisfy the Constitutional residency requirement for serving on the Board of Trustees. 

“After much discussion by board members, and review with the Election Commission, this resolution passed,” said N. Kathryn Brigham, Board of Trustees Chair, “we have further directed the Election Commission to address how best to satisfy Constitutional qualifications by June 30, 2020 by either amendments to the Election Code or Constitution” 

The Board of Trustees had conducted two work sessions, one on December 12, 2019 and one on January 2, 2020 to review Election Code amendments and resolution language.  “The majority of this Board have listened to the General Council and respect the wishes of our people,” said Chair Brigham.

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 in the Walla Walla Valley, federal law 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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