On March 6 the members of the CPN Legislature met, with no one absent.
Following approval of meeting from the December 8, 2016 and January 19, 2017 meetings, several resolutions were approved, including the reapportionment of CPN legislative districts with all members voting in the affirmative. A further update on the redistricting changes will run in an upcoming Hownikan once they go into effect on July 1, 2017.
Legislators approved several funding applications including those for the Indian Health Services Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Family Violence Prevention Services, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation which improves approaches to public safety and criminal justice. Applications for funding were also approved for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Education Option and Assessment Program, Indian Health Services Youth Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Program, Federal Transit Administration’s Public Transportation on Indian Lands and Tribal Transit Program.
New routes were added to the Nation’s existing National Tribal Transportation Field Inventory System following passage of a resolution by the legislature, with a request following that the Bureau of Indian Affairs add them to the National Tribal Transportation Field Inventory. The Nation’s Long Range Transportation Plan was also updated.
The Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation’s CDFI Grant Assistance Program – offered through the U.S. Department of Treasury – was also approved.
The tribe’s labor and employment statutes were also amended following the approval of all legislators. An ordinance creating Title 51, Professional Licenses, was also approved by ordinance.
A voluntary relinquishment of tribal citizenship was approved for Christie Null Clark, while a separate resolution passed that enrolled 193 applicants as Citizen Potawatomi tribal members.
Legislators also acted on two pieces of legislation concerning Iron Horse Industrial Park. The first involved the creation of an Industrial Development Authority, while another piece of legislation created a Limited Liability Corporation Act, with all legislators in attendance voting in affirmative on both items.