I invite everyone to the Peridot and Gilson Wash community cleanup day on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Lunch will be served thereafter. The cleanup is in anticipation of the upcoming rodeos and fairs in Peridot and Gilson Wash. We are scheduling a cleanup day in the Seven Mile community on Saturday, April 30, 2011. More information will be forthcoming. We hope to start cleaning all communities on a quarterly basis.
Everyone will meet at the Peridot Rodeo Grounds and the Gilson Wash Park to sign in and receive trash bags. For the Peridot community, I hope we can target the Bob Key Rodeo Grounds, Peridot Siding, Route 170 (from Boys & Girls Club building to San Carlos River Bridge), and Highway 70 that runs through Peridot. For the Gilson Wash community, I hope we can target the Boys & Girls Club building and its surrounding area, the Park, and Route 6 (or Cutter Road).
I will offer a cash prize for both communities for the person or group that picks up the most trash bags full of glass bottles. Glass bottles litter our highways and dirt roads and are not only an eye sore but unsafe.
I encourage all tribal departments and organizations to work with us to help keep our communities clean. I encourage all tribal members to come out and take pride in your communities by helping to keep them clean. I encourage families to clean their yards. Please bring your children so they can learn to keep their lands free of trash.
As promised, I will continue to share with you the actions of the Tribal Council at all our meetings. I will provide you a general summary of the Tribal Councilís actions, whether through resolutions or motions. The general summary will be based on the public session portion of the agenda as executive sessions are meant to be confidential.
If the public wishes for further detailed information from the Tribal Council meetings, they can obtain the information from the Tribal Secretary. The detailed information can be found in the approved meeting minutes and the certified resolutions and motions.
The following is what transpired at the Tribal Councilís special meeting on March 23, 2011 at the Tribal Council Hall in San Carlos.
Tribal Council Attendance
The Tribal Council members in attendance were: Chairman Rambler, Vice Chairman Bush and District Council members Hooke, Goode, Hoffman, Kitcheyan, and Ferreira. Councilmen Moses and Etpison were excused.
Tribal Council Actions
Kodee Goseyun, Incubator Manager, presented a budget request for the Incubator Project and after further discussions; this item was postponed until the April 1, 2011 special meeting.
The University of Arizona invited the Tribe to select one woman, or womenís group, whose name will be engraved on an arch in the UA Womenís Plaza of Honor. The Tribal Council will forward four womenís names as part of our Apache women group.
Vice Chairman Bush and I informed the Tribal Council we will be attending the Arizona Indian Council on Agingís Elder & Sponsorship Recognition Dinner as the Tribe helped to sponsor this yearís event. The dinner was held on March 23, 2011 at the Fort McDowell Resort.
This year, the Tribal Council decided to do one tribal wide Easter event on April 16, 2011. The Tribal Secretary will form a committee and report back to the Tribal Council on the planned event.
I reported to the Tribal Council that Congressman Gosar requested a meeting with the Tribal Council on March 28, 2011 in Phoenix. The Congressmanís staff indicated the Congressman wanted to discuss issues specific to the Tribe. Vice Chairman Bush, Councilman Etpison, Councilman Kitcheyan, General Counsel Titla, and I will represent the Tribe at the meeting.
The Tribal Council set a special meeting on April 1, 2011 to receive an update on the Tribeís Central Arizona Project (CAP). The primary focus of the CAP is to deliver the Tribeís water rights from the Black River to certain parts of the Reservation so the Tribe can use its water rights for economic and community use.
The Tribeís General Counsel notified the Tribal Council that a certain tribe was interested in discussing leasing some of the Tribeís rights to its Central Arizona Project water. The General Counsel was directed to further discuss this issue with our special water rights attorney on the feasibility of this request and report back to the Tribal Council.
The Tribal Council rescinded a research agreement with the University of Arizonaís PhD student Sara Rinkevich due to significant changes in the research study that may not be beneficial to the Tribe. The Tribal Council had initially approved the agreement to research wolf scat study but that study had since failed. The request was to change the study to that of coyote scat.
The Tribal Council discussed in executive session the following items: 1) Tribal Chairmanís FY 2011 budget; 2) update on Hardt Hooke request; 3) update on Linkevic court case; and 4) Language Preservation Director position.
The Tribal Council approved employment agreement with Beatrice Lee who was hired as the Language Preservation Director for the Tribeís new Language Preservation Program. Beatrice Lee will start her position on April 18, 2011. The Tribal Council has been concerned for quite some time about the decrease in the Apache language speaking ability of our children and so this year, in fiscal year 2011, it appropriated funds to reverse this trend and help our young Apaches start speaking the language again. Beatrice Lee will help to spearhead the Tribal Councilís goal to revitalize the Apache language.
The following is what transpired at the Tribal Councilís special meeting on April 1, 2011 at the Tribal Council Hall in San Carlos.
Tribal Council Attendance
The Tribal Council members in attendance were: Chairman Rambler, Vice Chairman Bush and District Council members Hooke, Goode, Hoffman, Kitcheyan, Ferreira, Moses, and Etpison.
Tribal Council Actions
The Tribal Council allocated an additional $24,207 for the Belvado Park Baseball Field Project, increasing the project budget from $139,500 to $163,707. The additional funds were re-allocated from a residual unused funds budget. The additional funds were required for a transformer and the electrical lines. The original project budget was able to cover only six light poles and its accessories. The projectís goal is to install the baseball field lights prior to the May 2011 George Belvado Memorial Baseball Tournament.
The Tribal Council approved an operational budget for the Incubator project in the amount of $60,000 covering the period April 1 Ė Sept. 30, 2011. The funds will come from savings from the already approved water rights budget for the Incubator project.
The Tribal Council approved the submittal of a grant application to the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) Program. The grant amount is for $1,012,276 covering a three year period. $809,086 or 80 percent will be the federal share and $203,190 or 20 percent will be the tribal share, which will come from in-kind contributions from the Planning Department. The grant funds will be used to cover operational costs to operate a tribal radio station to keep the people informed about community events, emergency situations, and to help revitalize the Apache language.
The Tribal Council set aside matching funds of $452,953 in FY 2012 to receive $1,358,860 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe winter storms and flooding during January, 2010.
The Tribal Council re-allocated $45,000 to complete the Peridot Police substation project. The double wide modular building located in the Peridot Rodeo Grounds is the office building for the Peridot Police substation.
The Tribal Council approved payment of $3,015 to help cover the funeral home costs of a tribal member elder. The funding will come from the Tribal Administration budget set aside for funeral assistance.
The Tribal Council re-appointed Patricia Bowyer to the common Board of Directors for the Tribal Gaming Enterprise and the Public Recreation Services Authority for another three years effective immediately.
The Tribal Council approved the Apache Gold Casino to help sponsor this yearís tribal wide Easter event in downtown San Carlos on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a fun run/walk, information booth, welcome address by the Tribal Council, community message, disk jockey, bouncy castles, Apache cards, horseshoes, potato sack race, egg toss, coloring contest, Easter egg hunt, and luncheon. The Tribal Council invites everyone to this fun filled family event.
The Tribal Council discussed the following in executive session: 1) Central Arizona Project (CAP) update; 2) Business licensing; 3) Tax base application; 4) Political appointments for Chairmanís staff; 5) Political appointments for Tribal Administration staff; 6) Finance update; 7) Shelter Care budget update; 8) Loan documents; and 9) Use of tribal vehicles.
The Tribal Council approved an amendment to its tax code (Ordinance 86-01). Section 28(F) of the Ordinance allows an exemption from the tax to the first $10,000 of gross income received in any calendar year for any business, except livestock, operated by enrolled tribal members or their spouses.
The amendment increases the gross exemption in Section 28(F) from $10,000 to $25,000. Copies of the amended ordinance will be made available to the public by the Tribal Council Secretary. The Tribal Council will also be issuing a press release on the newly adopted Business Licensing Policy and Procedures.
The Tribal Council appointed Judy Ferreira as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and Tamara Shorten as Administrative Assistant to the Chairman.
Judy Ferreira will start in her new position on April 4, 2011 and Tamara Shorten will start on April 11, 2011.
The Tribal Council appointed Santana Dillon as Secretary I and Toby Talkalai as the Switchboard Operator effective immediately.
The Tribal Council approved a credit agreement with Bank of America for loan purposes.
I have reported only on the public session portion of the Tribal Council meetings and any reports presented to the Tribal Council in public session.
Until next time, God be with each and every one of you.