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October 2022 Open Meeting Summary

Tribal Open Meeting Summary 10/07/2022 held at the tribal office and via Zoom

  1. CMs Marion, Susan, Marie, and CoC Dalton were present. Elders Glenn T, Charles H, Larry J, CoE Becky present.Vice Chief Cheryl, 2C John, and Chief Hatcher present. Members Nancy, Carol H, Karen R, Carolyn M, and Betty L were present. Christina O present. CM’s Glenn C and Chris H arrived late.

  2. Legal Services presentation

  3. Worked 37 years in the legal field

  4. Courtney: worked with the Choctaw as a public defender

  5. Free civil legal services except for court costs (if not waived)

  6. Services include

  7. Consumer law, bankruptcy

  8. Education services- expulsions, bullying

  9. Family Court- custody, child support decrease

  10. Public benefits- Social Security denials

  11. Housing provisions- loan modifications, security deposit costs

  12. Health, Medicare, Medicaid, living will, free will

  13. Expungement

  14. Must be within 200% of the poverty line with the number in the household

  15. Grants for domestic violence cases

  16. Local- they are in Conway

  17. You don’t have to be served papers for them to help; they can help prevent lawsuits

  18. Build trust, want to be more active

  19. Chief Hatcher: You don’t do civil rights?

  20. No, we refer it to the ACLU because we can’t do class action suits

  21. We can help you find the right service like Appleseed Legal Justice Center

  22. Chief Hatcher: I was looking at allowing non-federally recognized Indians to use eagle feathers

  23. 2C John T: you help individuals, not the tribe (501(c)(3))

  24. It depends on the situation

  25. Marion: Do you handle NC cases?

  26. One in every state:

  27. Also have Youtube channels, pro se clinics

  28. Christina O: I offer a sewing class on ribbon skirts, dresses, etc…

  29. Worked with a tailor in SC

  30. Have a flyer with prices for supplies; the basic charge is $12

  31. Would like 3 people to show

  32. Nancy J: I’ll be there

  33. Financial Report (as of 10/6/2022 at 11:40 pm)

  34. General Fund: $18,406.30

  35. Building Fund: $3260.85

  36. Cemetery Fund: $407.00

  37. Old Business

  38. Online Votes

  39. 9/24 Approve September Meeting Summary with changes

  40. Susan-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Marie-yes, Chris-yes, CoC Dalton-yes

  41. 9/26 Request for a campsite for Ron Smith for 2 weeks with no office access

  42. Susan-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Marie-yes, Chris-yes, CoC Dalton-yes

  43. 10/7 Pauwau and Liability Insurance Policies

  44. Susan-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Marie-yes, Chris-yes, CoC Dalton-yes

  45. 10/7 Paint for the front porch for 2C John T up to $300

  46. Susan-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Marie-yes, Chris-yes, CoC Dalton-yes

  47. Check 1065 for $280.17 from the GF

  48. Cemetery Fence: is the gate completed?

  49. Chris H: middle of last month, it wasn’t done

  50. CoC Dalton: I’ll contact Joey W

  51. Elder Glenn: I’ll check on it

  52. Secretary’s note: On 10/9/2022, 2C John said that the people working on the fence are also working on the school system. They’ve only been paid for half of the job and will receive the rest on completion. The Trustees ask for our patience.

  53. New Business

  54. Receipts

  55. Fuel: $39.94

  56. Susan-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Marie-yes, Chris-yes, CoC Dalton-yes

  57. Check 1066 for $39.94 from the B&G account

  58. Committee Reports

  59. Buildings & Grounds: Glenn C

  60. Flagpoles: Mr. Charles sent some stainless steel, but need someone to weld them together

  61. The cheapest one to buy was $79 for 16 gauge to $143.99

  62. I recall buying 3 new ones that were 13 gauge

  63. Elder Charles: Donnie said he could take it to the muffler shop and expand it

  64. Marie: I motion for 3 flagpoles up to $143 each + tax; Chris H seconded

  65. 2C John T: which fund will it come out of?

  66. CoC Dalton: B&G

  67. Susan-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Marie-yes, Chris-yes, CoC Dalton-yes

  68. Marion: where do we get firewood/ hardwood from?

  69. Glenn C: some at my place

  70. Arts & Crafts: Susan

  71. Nothing at this time

  72. Grants: VC Cheryl

  73. Tribal tourism grant due 10/24’ asking Dr. Dillian for help

  74. Feasibility study- have to think about a goal

  75. For $50k and cannot be used for construction

  76. CoC Dalton: do we need the feasibility study to get the grant?

  77. VC Cheryl: the grant gives the money for the study and tourism

  78. Pauwau: Dalton

  79. Head Man: David Perry

  80. Securing donations (ex: water, paper products)

  81. Vendor apps are being given out & coming back in

  82. The program book has been sent to the printer

  83. Aki will be having a mocassin/ ribbon shirt class if enough sign up beforehand

  84. Marion: need Chief to write on letterhead for water from Food Lion

  85. Donation from Dona M for $250 for PW

  86. Need sage

  87. Susan: Baby shower on Thursday after School Day for Courtney

  88. Drum: Glenn

  89. Need to practice

  90. Files

  91. Marie: I motion to open the roll book to make Emily W and Lauren McCall full members; Marion seconded

  92. Susan: I would like to tag on to that and add Steven Coffey

  93. VC Cheryl: and Philip and Kayla Davis

  94. Chief Hatcher: any apps sent out now must have the tribal seal on it

  95. Susan: I motion to open the roll book for those 5 names; Marion seconded

  96. Susan-yes, Marion-yes, Glenn-yes, Marie-yes, Chris-yes, CoC Dalton-yes

  97. Newsletter: Carolyn M

  98. All went out with ballots

  99. Need the next information by 11/18

  100. If I’m going to pay for postage, I need labels

  101. Susan: 7 came back to me

  102. The easiest way to make them is into a book 11 x 17 instead of sheets

  103. Carolyn: Why can’t we put them in an envelope? It would look more professional

  104. Susan: It would cost more

  105. Carolyn: we’re paying for the stamps

  106. VC Cheryl: it has to be an even number of pages so the seal and address will be on the outside

  107. VC Cheryl

  108. SC Native Plant Society

  109. 10/29 Annual meeting to discuss native SC plants and their use as medicine

  110. Held in Chesterfield, SC this year

  111. 2C John T

  112. We need to replace the windows in this building; the glass is being held in with paint and molding

  113. The kitchen floor needs replacing

  114. The back door and deck need work

  115. A history presentation will be held at Carolina Forest Library on 10/14