The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Legislature met in September 2016 with all legislators in attendance.
Resolutions concerning the body’s previous meeting minutes and rescheduling the quarterly meeting from August 25 to September 22 were both approved.
In preparation of the 2017 tribal election season, the legislature confirmed the appointment of the CPN Election Committee and designation of Gary Bourbonnais as committee chairman.
The legislators also appointed Citizen Potawatomi Nation delegates to the National Congress of American Indians annual session, including membership dues for the organization. Tribal Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett was named as delegate, while District 3 Legislator Robert Whistler and District 5 Legislator Gene Lambert were named as alternates. CPN’s membership dues to the National Indian Gaming Association were likewise approved.
The legislature also passed resolutions supporting the tribe’s application to Indian Health Service’s Meth and Suicide Prevention Initiative and the Tribal Transportation Program Transportation Improvement Plan for the U.S. Highway Administration. Resolutions authorizing tribal grant proposals were approved for the U.S. Department of Energy’s ‘First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands’ Program and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development’s Tribal Energy Development Capacity’ Program as well.
In the final business of the evening, the annual tribal budget for the 2017 fiscal year was approved with all 16 legislators voting in favor.