July 2022 Open Meeting Summary


Tribal Open Meeting Summary 7/08/2022 held at the tribal office and via Zoom

  1. CM’s Marion, Marie, Chris, Susan, Glenn, and Robert were present. Elder Glenn T present. VC Cheryl and 2Cs Alan and John present. 2C John served as a proxy for CoC Dalton. Member Randi C present. Visitors Ken, Anita F, and Nikki S were also present.

  2. Financial Report

  3. General Fund: $15,868.44

  4. Building Fund: $3813.36

  5. Cemetery Fund: $336.00

  6. Online Votes

  7. 6/30 Approve June Meeting Summary

  8. Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-yes

  9. Ken H and Nikki S from SC Economic Developer's Association introduced

  10. Nikki S: Food system network- grow and buy local

  11. Presentation slides sent to Tribal Council by email

  12. A community food system- Farm to Table

  13. Increases jobs

  14. It’s a health intervention- food as medicine

  15. Resilience- the ability of the supply chain to bounce back

  16. Protects the land- soil and financial value

  17. SC can grow year-round

  18. It’s threatened by development (ex: housing complexes)

  19. Food hub network- buy, sell, distribute food

  20. It can tell you exactly what farm your food came from

  21. Agri-business is the majority of the state’s budget

  22. Created a network to help with skills, programs, and grants

  23. Organizations

  24. SC Food Policy Council and others

  25. Reaching into rural and underserved areas

  26. Can join for free at https://www.scfoodpolicy.org/

  27. You’ll receive information and invites to events

  28. Food Summit (Greenville this year): $20 (includes lunch)

  29. Have a breakout group can speak with us

  30. Social media to reach rural and urban areas

  31. Ken: Advocacy Efforts

  32. Provide funding for a community garden

  33. SCDEA: https://www.sceda.org/

  34. Chief Hatcher

  35. You said SC is low in the health category. Was it racial or general?

  36. Nikki S: across the board

  37. Are you working with the Pine Hill National Network?

  38. https://www.phhn.org/

  39. VC Cheryl: they received money from COVID, but they monitor health

  40. Chief Hatcher: they have something similar

  41. How do you define a tribe?

  42. Nikki S: as a starting point, the list on the CMA’s website

  43. We build relationships with communities not necessarily defined by the government

  44. What can our tribe do to help, aside from going to meetings?

  45. Nikki S: we want input

  46. Local food purchase: can help with money to start

  47. We are looking for people to either grow or distribute/ sell

  48. VC Cheryl: do you help organizations with distribution

  49. We’re a fairly small tribe and geographically dispersed

  50. Nikki S: We’re more of a connector and get you connected with area groups

  51. Chief Hatcher: Suggestion: think you should attend a trie’s council meeting at least once

  52. New Business

  53. Committee Reports

  54. Buildings & Grounds: Glenn C

  55. The sewer is in, just need 5 caps and plugs

  56. Chris H: will check my supplies

  57. 2C John: Is Donnie's sewer hooked up to it?

  58. Glenn: yes; Donnie, the office, and campers

  59. Glenn: Is there a bill for the track hoe?

  60. Chris: I told him to send it to you

  61. Workday to clean up the benches

  62. Glenn: Do I owe for using the campsite this weekend?

  63. Marion: motion to let Glenn use the campsite for free; Marie seconded

  64. Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-abstain

  65. Arts & Crafts

  66. Chief Hatcher: Carol Harmon said she had a lot of materials, a sewing and embroidery machine that she wants to give the tribe

  67. We need to pick the items up

  68. Can ask Jeff to do it if Tribal Council agrees

  69. Glenn: I can get it

  70. Pauwau: Michelle

  71. Looking for Head Man

  72. Working through budget

  73. Securing donations (ex: water)

  74. Checking price on P-o-P since Gary’s was bought out

  75. Cancel cut-off date: 8/31/2022

  76. Vendor apps are being given out

  77. Sell ads; form available for you to print

  78. Susan, Glenn, VC Cheryl, James P, Rabon’s paid

  79. Drum

  80. Nothing new; need to practice

  81. Files

  82. Working on ID cards

  83. Susan: Is there a meeting tomorrow?

  84. Glenn: at 6 pm, yes

  85. Newsletter: VC Cheryl

  86. Sent out 6/26 by email and mailed the following Monday because of stamps

  87. More went out by email this time than in previous newsletters

  88. Next newsletter: Debbie is asking that they print and email the newsletter themselves

  89. I told them it was a Tribal Council decision because it deals with membership information

  90. 2C John: motion to allow Debbie access to what she needs to send it out; Marion seconded

  91. Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-yes

  92. Receipts

  93. Gas for the lawn mower: $26.00 (reimburse Glenn)

  94. Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-yes

  95. Fuel for the track hoe: $72.99 (reimburse Glenn)

  96. Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-yes

  97. Cemetery Fence Update

  98. Elder Glenn T: the posts are up; the fence will be worked on this week

  99. The Long Family (Abby and Sai (spelling?)

  100. We sell metaphysical, holistic, and spiritual stones

  101. Opportunities for the area

  102. Donate our services including coming here each month

  103. Want to put a group together to help with the upkeep of the cemetery

  104. 2C John: Are you licensed?

  105. Yes, and we can provide you with a list of our credentials

  106. We do a lot of education about our ancestors

  107. Chief Hatcher: Are you interested in letting our artists sell on consignment there?

  108. Yes, we would promote that

  109. We would need who made it, how it was made, and why it was used

  110. Marion: Requesting that the TRB be opened for 3 core applications (Betty L, Dona M, Carolyn M- all are honorary members)

  111. VC Cheryl: applications are completed, genealogy has to be checked, then goes to Tribal Council

  112. Marion: Can you make it dependent on genealogy approval?

  113. Marie: in the past, we have requested information that applications were dependent on, but never received it

  114. 2C John: motion to open the TRB to submit these 3 applications for genealogy approval and vote on at the August meeting

  115. Susan: we can look at them at the Files Committee meeting tomorrow night; don’t need a motion

  116. Get the preliminary work done tomorrow and vote on it in August

  117. 2C John: amend the motion to open the TRB to accept the files of Betty L, Dona M, Carolyn M, henceforth reviewed, and to be voted on at the next open meeting; Susan seconded

  118. Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-yes

  119. Anita F: how do I get a new card?

  120. VC Cheryl: due to time expired, you will need to reapply through the executive branch as an honorary member

  121. VC Cheryl

  122. Working with American Rivers: https://www.americanrivers.org/

  123. We are disenfranchised from rivers

  124. Chief Hatcher talks about our relationship with the earth

  125. There is a move to include and also a conversation to get back stolen land

  126. Screening in early October for no defense and want the tribe to part of it because we don’t want the Waccamaw River contaminated

  127. 2C John

  128. Need to decide what to do with the trailer after it is cleared out

  129. Most things in there have been in there for 2-3 years

  130. If I could get someone to haul it off, would it be acceptable?

  131. Marion: some things are donatable

  132. 1 pile for donation, 1 pile for trash

  133. Would like to get it done within 60 days

  134. 2C John: need to empty the building and make repairs before we do anything with it

  135. VC Cheryl: plan for September when it isn’t as hot

  136. CCU Archiving Project

  137. Looking for artifacts or newly created items as well as written history

  138. Chief Hatcher

  139. Pending donations for Arts & Crafts, suggest giving Glenn C money for gas & food

  140. Elected to be Chair of the SC Council of Chiefs

  141. I want to investigate possible fraud of COVID relief money and use the FOIA to do it

  142. Addressing it with the Secretary of State

  143. Susan: food distribution wasn’t offered to us but given to others

  144. Memorial service in Lancaster for Brent Burgin (worked for Native American Studies) on Sunday (7/10) at 1:30 pm

  145. Quilt of Valor given to Tap E Ya Bernie and 2 others

  146. Elder Doug is still sick and wants his memorial to be done on the grounds when the time comes

  147. Susan: motion to allow Doug’s memorial service to be held here and for Jewel to spread his ashes here is she wants; Marion seconded

  148. Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-yes

  149. Glenn

  150. Need to keep in mind that we will have to get someone to cut the grounds; Donnie’s health is failing too

  151. Chief Hatcher

  152. We need to consider buying a new ID printer, depending on how it works with newer operating systems.


Glenn motioned to close the meeting; Susan seconded.

Marion-yes, 2C John (Dalton)-yes, Marie-yes, Robert--yes, Chris-yes, Glenn-yes

Meeting adjourned at 8:59 pm.

Respectfully submitted by Michelle Hatcher on 7/23/2022 at 4:32 pm.