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Legislative update July 2020

2017-2018 Tribal Legislature.

On May 28, Tribal Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett called to order the Citizen Potawatomi Nation legislature. All members were in attendance.

To begin, legislators approved the minutes from previous meetings before listening to a presentation from CPN Legal Department on the status of the Coronavirus Relief Funds issued to the Nation as part of the Congressional CARES Act.

Legislators approved two resolutions regarding an increase in funding for two Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Sanitation Facilities Construction Program projects offered through the U.S. Indian Health Service. The body also approved a resolution supporting the Nation’s update of the Transportation Safety Plan in agreement with the Federal Highway Administration.

Tribal legislators approved several applications for federal funding opportunities, including through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Victims of Crime, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Tribal Homeland Security Grant program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Basic Library Services program and the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Office Grant program.

Similar applications were approved for two United States Department of Health and Human Services’ programs — the 2020 Family First Prevention Services Act Transition Grant and 2020 Tribal Opioid Response Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The body approved the conditional relinquishment of citizenship for one Tribal member and confirmed the enrollment of 120 new Citizen Potawatomi.

Executives and legislators then expressed condolences to Julia Slavin, wife of District 1 Legislator Roy Slavin who walked on in April. They thanked her for her contributions to the Nation and concluded the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of Legislator Slavin.