LITTLE SHELL TRIBE QUARTERLY MEETING
MAY 18, 2013
Chairman Gray called the meeting to order
There was a moment of silence for Tribal Members who have passed away recently.
The opening prayer by Richard Parenteau
Roll call of Officers, Gerald Gray, Clarence Sivertsen, Leona Kienenberger, Don Davis, Richard Parenteau and Louella Fredricksen, present. Colleen Hill absent. There is a quorum to conduct business.
Previous minutes were read. Chairman Gray asked if there were any additions or corrections. None being taken,. Motion to accept by Clarence Sivertsen and seconded by Leona Kienenberger. Minutes were approved.
CHAIRMAN GRAY’S REPORTS
Federal Recognition: we are under active consideration at this time. It was thought to have the Lumbee Tribe to join us, but under advisement, it was suggested to go forward on our own. We think this bill has been heard before, so it may be taken to the floor for a mark up vote. It could also be attached to another bill.
Language Bill: Jonathon Windy Boy presented S.342 during the Legislative session. and it passed, but we do not know if Governor Bullock has signed it yet .The bill is Montana Indian Language Preservation Pilot Project. The bill is for a two year period and is for 2M dollars. The STED Commission will oversee this. There will be rules for distribution to each tribe. We are hoping for equal distribution, but some tribes want it by population and also how many languages they can use. (We could state three, Michif, Ojibway and Cree) however Michif is the language our ancestors spoke, so we will focus on that. We had to have a board appointed by May 17, 2013. Member’s names for the board are: Nicholas Vrooman, Gerald Gray Sr., Leona Kienenberger, Darrel Rummel and Louella Fredricksen. The first meeting on May 17, 2013 was via phone conference. This board will hold meetings to make sure we are following the guidelines that are necessary for this program.
Election Resolution: Our Tribal attorneys wrote up a new Election Resolution. We wanted an ordinance that would be legal and binding. Also consistency for election dates etc. A copy will be on file at the office for anyone who wishes to read it.
Clarence Sivertsen made the motion to approve and seconded by Louella Fredricksen. All were in favor.
Tribal Health Co-coordinator: Kati Antonich is a nurse will be the new coordinator. The TLC and Kati will be having a survey. The name of this project is Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. They will be contacting members for information by phone, mail, email and website.
Brochure: A proposed brochure for the Culture Center was passed around for all to see. It will be available at the office and the Culture Center when it is finalized. It will also be sent to Museums, Montana Indian Alliances offices and the Indian Affairs Coordinators office in Helena.
Newsletter: The first newsletter is almost finalized and we hope to have it in the mail this week. If you did not sign up for one by mail, you may purchase a copy in the office. The cost for the first year is $12.00 (three issues) and $15.00 for next year (four issues)
ICED: :(Indian Country Economic Development)
The ICED program was instrumental is our buying the Cultural Center at 1529 Stuckey Road. The painting of the interior of the building has been done and the track lighting was installed Thursday
Chairman Gray asked Clarence Sivertsen to give the update on this.
CULTURAL CENTER UPDATE:
Clarence Sivertsen and Don Davis are working diligently on this project. We are in the process of getting an addition to our building. It will be heated and have electricity and restrooms, so we can have meetings, celebrations functions etc. out there. Darrel Rummel asked when this would start. Clarence Sivertsen has been working out there and has moved a lot dirt in preparation for the foundation to be poured. In the plans, there will be big garage doors, so when the Toys for Tots truck comes, we will be able to handle the unloading of the toys. Also we will have storage space until the children’s give away. Darrel Rummel asked if there are some things that volunteers could do. Darrel is with the Wellness program and said the youth could be used to help with tools, raking, cleanup among other things. Colleen Hill has been in contact with the Job Service to see if we qualify for some full time help. The Director of State Tourism may also furnish us with signage. Richard Parenteau contacted Mr. Fleck about possibly having the Trolley car bring people out to the Center. With the addition on our building, we will need more drain field, so Don Davis is in the process of getting the permits and whatever it will take to accomplish this .We will also have a Gift Shop with articles for sale so we will raise revenue. Joel Overton asked if we could charge for others to use the building for additional revenue which will be decided after the building is operational.
Roger Salois and Pat Maki have been very busy in the Enrollment Office. Today they have 57 members to enroll. They are receiving many phone calls and
walk-ins wanting letters etc. for the Indian Trust Settlement. Members have received letters from the Indian Trust Settlement Office giving them until July 1, 2013 to send in additional information. This in turn slows down their work on the enrollment files, so please be patient, and they are doing a great job.
The new office hours for the time being are 1PM to 4PM. Without financing to hire personnel, we depend on our volunteers to come when they are available.
The new flags are at the office. Anyone who wishes to purchase one the cost is
$45.00 and $5.00 for shipping and handling. We still have some of our books for sale. They are $39.95 and $6.00 shipping and handling.
Darrel Rummel has signed up for online ICWA classes Darrel will will be certified to handle cases. She also helped fill in when Pat Maki was out of the office.
501C3 and HB.286
Leona Kienenberger reported we should have received word on our 501c3 status by the end of March. Sadly this has not happened. She has tried to contact the attorney this week again, but has not heard back yet.
HB.286 has passed. This will allow Enrolled Native American youth to get fee waivers to go to Montana State colleges. Previously you had to be ¼ blood Quantum and now it will be 1/8 which will help many more of our youth.
In Colleen Hill’s absence, Leona Kienenberger read the financial report. Through April we had income of $ 14392.01, and expenses of $13082.97. There was $1309.04 in the General Fund Account, $401.88 balance in the Tobacco Program account and $20112.60 in our Savings Account.
Kati Antonich gave a report on the GONA (Gathering of Native Americans) Youth program. There will be a camp to be held in Browning from June 24 through June 27, 2013. The program will attend and participate in sessions focusing on Positive and healthy behaviors. Students will attend and participate in sessions focusing on positive and healthy behaviors. The skills and resources they can take back to their reservations or urban community. There will also be traditional games.
Darrel Rummel reported on the art contest she had for her youth. Some of the youth were not Little Shell. Darrel is going to partner with Kati on the GONA camp. Darrel would like to have some youth to go on hikes, identify plants, pick sage etc. Richard Parenteau suggested to Darrel to contact the Helena and Butte Indian Alliances to recruit more youth. Darrel said that they do not have the funding to pay travel expenses for them to come. Richard also suggested the radio Stations.
Darrel reported on an Elders program thru RMTWI (Rocky Mountain Tribal Wellness Initiative) Darrel designed a logo for advertising and possibly for
t-shirts. Tony Prairie Bear would like to interview Elders and there will be $25.00 given to those who participate in this program
Darrel Rummel commented on our all volunteer help in trying to keep all these programs, the office, and culture center going. She said she really appreciates all the volunteers are doing. Thank you Darrel.
ROUND DANCE RECAP AND POW WOW UPDATE:
Richard Parenteau introduced Brian Azure, who showed us his artwork and clothing he is designing. Brian is starting his own business in music, art, and graphic designing.
The Pow Wow Committee consisting of co-chairs Joel Overton, James Parker Shield ,and Toni Jo Atchison and Peggy Meyers as committee members, met on May 11, 2013. Saturday August 24, 2013 will be the date of this year’s Pow Wow. The location will be at the old “Big R” store at 4800 10th Ave South, here in Great Falls. There will be two sessions, the first at 1PM and then another at 6PM. They are planning a feed with possibly the McGillis family handling this. They are designing a poster for distribution. Toni Jo will be heading up a Princess Contest. To contact Toni Jo, her phone number is 406-403-5463. To raise some revenue they are discussing having a boxing smoker as a fundraiser
Kids rides and games will be available on-site during the Pow Wow..
Richard said the 5th Community Unity Walk and Round Dance was held May 4th , with between 150-200 people. He hopes for this to continue to be a yearly event, with unity between all nations and Metis strong.
Four council members attended the Pembina Meetings held in Bismarck, ND, Chairman Gerald Gray, Vice Chairman Clarence Sivertsen, 1st Vice Chair Leona Kienenberger and Secretary Louella Fredricksen. Everything is still being negotiated in discussion stages so nothing new to report. It will probably be awhile yet before finalization.
Darrel Rummel asked about the money being held in Albuquerque, NM. Chairman Gray said he has checked into this. There is about 4M in the account, but we will not receive any of this money until we are Federally Recognized. There would be a drawdown of 20% of the interest. If in time we do not get Federally Recognized it may be per capped out.
Joel Overton asked about blood quantum. Darrel Rummel also thinks this is a problem with some of our youth not being enrolled. Due to blood quantum even her grandchildren are ineligible to enroll. Joel also asked about our Constitution. Chairman Gray stated the attorneys are working on this, and there will an update when we hear from them.
MOTIOIN TO ADJOURN:
Motion by Clarence Sivertsen and Don Davis seconded. Meeting adjourned