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February 2021 Open Meeting Summary



Tribal Open Meeting Summary 2/5/2021 held via Zoom

  1. CM’s Marion, Susan, Alan, Marie, Glenn and CoC Dalton present. VC Cheryl, 2C John, and Filekeeper Starla present.

  2. Financial Report (as of 2/5/2021, 12pm)

  3. General Fund: $24,051.17

  4. Building Fund: $3779.64

  5. Online votes

  6. 1/26 Allow David Perry to stay in the office again

  7. Alan-yes, Marie-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Susan-yes, Dalton-yes

  8. 1/30 Accept January meeting summary with change

  9. Alan-yes, Marie-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Susan-yes, Dalton-yes

  10. New Business

  11. Committee Reports

  12. Buildings & Grounds: Glenn C

  13. Still too wet on the grounds to work

  14. Arts & Crafts: Susan

  15. Nothing new at this time

  16. Pauwau: Michelle

  17. Nothing new at this time

  18. Drum: Alan & Glenn C

  19. Nothing new at this time

  20. Campground: 2C John

  21. Nothing; waiting until end of February to start

  22. Glenn C: motion to amend last month’s motion and schedule with GSW&S; Susan seconded

  23. 2C John: will call Chief on Monday

  24. Alan-yes, Marie-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Susan-yes, Dalton-yes

  25. Files: Daton

  26. Met 1/16 via Zoom

  27. Got started with setup

  28. Want a day to train every committee member on the different parts of getting and ID to printing and renewing ID cards in case someone gets ill

  29. Discussed getting a new ID printer

  30. VC Cheryl: CMA may take a more active role in printing ID cards for tribes

  31. 2C John: thought it was to show benefits for SC (fishing & hunting licenses)

  32. Perhaps there could be something put on the regular DMV license noting tribal affiliation

  33. Susan: this has been in discussion for a couple of years

  34. VC Cheryl: Kevin Dyda has been sent an honorary application

  35. He feels it’s unfair if he has to show genealogical ties

  36. Explained the process to him: nominate & at 1 year review, grant full membership

  37. Glenn: nothing wrong with the current process

  38. VC Cheryl: he’s concerned that he couldn’t be made a full member

  39. Dalton: Michelle pointed out that membership isn’t a right

  40. We have a lot of members who aren’t helping

  41. It sounds like he cares; you could nominate him for a vote

  42. Susan: ask him to show up to open meetings and share so that we can ask him why he wants to be a member

  43. Alan: Is he a member of another tribe?

  44. VC Cheryl: no

  45. VC Cheryl read the email from him aloud

  46. 2C John asked her to share the email to Tribal Council

  47. 2C John: it shouldn’t be a problem if he’s contributing and showing interest

  48. Marion: Rick H left the radios in the tribal office under the table

  49. Somehow the files were unlocked; need to be more careful

  50. VC Cheryl: keys were definitely locked up

  51. Marion: not sure that he went into the files room

  52. 2C John: why does Donnie need a key to the office?

  53. Dalton: I think so he can maintain it

  54. Glenn: office key is the same to the files room key

  55. Susan: definitely need to change it

  56. Glenn: Do you want me to take care of it?

  57. All agreed to it; no roll call vote taken

  58. Glenn: Who gets a key?

  59. Dalton: Tribal Council, Secretary, Filekeeper, Files Committee

  60. Susan: just make 7, all on Files Committee

  61. Dalton: and Chief

  62. Glenn motioned to change indoor office lock and give keys to the Files Committee & Chief; Susan seconded

  63. Alan-yes, Marie-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Susan-yes, Dalton-yes

  64. Working out a rotation in call members to update their information

  65. Susan: 2C John said he hasn’t called anyone yet

  66. Starla: working up divvying up members

  67. Dalton: we’ll begin working on it 2/20 at the meeting

  68. Dalton: we discussed pros & cons of scrubbing the roll & its process

  69. We discussed spreadsheets and ID renewal letters

  70. Discussed putting a checklist in the file of items that are supposed to be there, checking the items off as we receive them

  71. Started a waiting list for ID cards

  72. Dalton: will contact Jeanie; item missing

  73. VC Cheryl: will contact Pail; item missing

  74. VC Cheryl

  75. Dr. Acosta and Bamber (?) met at the office

  76. Looking at revamping the Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC)

  77. Talked about being stripped of our language and its impact on culture

  78. People can be uncomfortable with fire and spirituality because of their own spirituality

  79. Will take some education

  80. Education Task Force: Dr Acosta said that the CMA under Smith was not inclusive to Native Americans

  81. Think there are changes coming to CMA

  82. Native Americans can apply for money from CMA for businesses

  83. Pat Hennigan (?) is an advocate for Natives

  84. Alan: supposed to hear from him about a time/ day to meet

  85. There is a need for a Native history textbook

  86. Committee: have to have an agenda to participate

  87. Conservative Land Trust: possibly put our land in trust to keep it from being used for anything other than Native Americans

  88. MMIW: complying data

  89. HBCU: for inclusiveness, accepting more people of color

  90. Looking at funding from CRM tribal systems

  91. SCIAC & committees currently working separate from CMA

  92. We lobby & advocate

  93. CMA helps pass legislation

  94. Change SCIAC to a special interest group

  95. Chief’s thoughts given by VC Cheryl

  96. Civic Engagement class for members to teach advocacy

  97. Someone wanted our judges to resolve another tribe’s issues

  98. Alan: at least they would be unbiased

  99. Dalton: other tribes would have to bring it to us

  100. VC Cheryl: create a memorandum of understanding so people can request our judges

  101. Dalton: it would be prestigious for our tribe

  102. Our judges are trained by the state; get them to recognize them as judges for other state tribes

  103. VC Cheryl: problem is if other tribes would agree to allow their cases to be heard by district judges

  104. Dalton: tribal leaders could set up a circuit and tribes could set up a line of judges

  105. Glenn: with state seup districts, gives natives a choice

  106. VC Cheryl: it’s not new; it’s done in other parts of the country

  107. Public testimony for PFAS Coalition

  108. Looking at contamination of blood and diseases in the water of communities of color

  109. If you have a well on your land, have it tested ($15 by DHEC)

  110. Marion: talked to Chief & Mark about the fire

  111. Getting a list of names to invite via email

  112. Spring fire is 3/20

  113. Marion: David P left a thank you note for allowing him to stay on grounds

  114. Susan: MUSChealth.org: can sign up there for vaccine date

  115. VC Cheryl: CCU museum project coming along; we will loan items

  116. Chief sent out an email asking for people to be interviewed during Spring equinox; helpful if Iris could be there



Susan motioned to close the meeting; Marion seconded.

Meeting adjourned at 8:53 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Michelle Hatcher on 2/27/2021 at 7:11 am.


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