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CPN Legislative update: January 2016

The CPN Legislature met on Dec. 3, 2015 for its final meeting of the calendar year with all representatives present. Legislators approved a resolution supporting the Tribe’s grant funding application for a U.S. Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Justice program that develops comprehensive approaches to public safety and criminal justice. They also passed a resolution supporting CPN’s application for funding through an Institute of Museum and Library Services Program. Several other grant applications were also approved, including a Tribal youth resource management project, a clean and energy efficient project on Indian Lands program and a preventative invasive species initiative program.

A funding change request for a U.S. Department of the Interior’s mineral development grant was approved. Legislators also discussed several different issues during the meeting, including economic development, current litigation involving the Tribe, the methods by which legislative meetings will be conducted and the potential revision of honored family groupings at the annual Family Reunion Festival.

Three fee-to-trust applications were approved for non-gaming use on the Rangeline, DanRan and Rangle properties.  In membership, a resolution passed acknowledging the voluntary relinquishment of Jo Ellen Young’s Tribal citizenship, while 150 applicants for new membership were officially enrolled by the Legislators.