The tribe’s Constitution is a unicameral system with most powers resting with the Tribal Council. Not to be overly dramatic about it: The membership has seen the continual decline in skills to become effective leaders. But let’s be realistic, the council members are hopelessly naïve, inept, and do not have a core of competency.
At this point, the Tribal Council is in a unique position of trust and owes a special duty of care to its membership. U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa said, “Where there is a violation of that duty, we have a responsibility to make sure they are accountable.”
I’m sure you are well aware of the impact of this important duty is primarily a federal issue. Most importantly, the tribal membership is convinced that Tribal Council must accept the limits of their knowledge. A key factor is to strengthen and develop a self-sustaining council through education, training, development and leadership.
Orville G. Hood
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