Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Branch

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05/28/2019

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President Cleveland has set the date for General Council 2019.
03/22/2019

President Cleveland has set the date for General Council 2019.

For those of you asking why the General Council Meeting cannot be held at HCG-WD.  This is the Maximum Occupant Load for...
03/20/2019

For those of you asking why the General Council Meeting cannot be held at HCG-WD. This is the Maximum Occupant Load for the Upper and Lower Dells Ballrooms provided by the Delton Fire Department in 2016.

According to this report we would be able to accommodate 1,753 tribal members in a modified classroom / theater set-up. When we plan for the GC meeting, we take into account the Elder's needs and provide them with a table setting instead of just a seat.

Even if the ballroom was set-up for theater style, capacity would be 1,911, Registration for this event is over 2000 and has been for many years.

If the meeting is held in the Wisconsin Dells area, the attendance I am anticipating would be at least 2300-2500. The last year that the meeting was held at HCG-WD, there weren't enough chairs for all the persons in attendance. The escalator broke down and there are only 2 elevators available for Elder's to utilize.

GENERAL COUNCIL ATTENDANCE BY YEAR

2018: K.I. GREEN BAY WI = 1724
2017: ALLIANT CENTER MADISON WI = 2169
2016: ALLIANT CENTER MADISON WI = 2089
2015: ALLIANT CENTER MADISON WI = 2895

03/20/2019

GENERAL COUNCIL 2019 SITE SELECTION

Please choose from the two options.

The K.I. Convention Center complete cost $183,100 for venue and food.
This was the site of the 2018 GC. Located in Green Bay, WI. The main benefit of this location is the cost savings.

The Kalahari Convention Center cost $221,100 for venue and food.
This would be held in the newly added convention space. Located in Wisconsin Dells. One benefit of this site is that we would be able to reserve blocks of rooms at the HCG-WI Dells Hotel.

If you would like to request a copy of the proposals that were submitted;

please email, [email protected]

Please share with friends and family.

Thank you.

10/18/2018
10/17/2018

AFTER GENERAL COUNCIL 2018 REPORT:

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, General Council Advocate, Joy Thompson-Bonanno attended an informal meeting with members of the Legislature and Office of the President (OOP).

Those in attendance;

OOP: President Cleveland and John Stacy, (Attorney General Amanda White Eagle attended by telephone).

Legislature: Karena Thundercloud, Hinu Smith, Andrea Estebo, Kathyeen Lonetree Whiterabbit, Forrest Whiterabbit, Larry Walker, Shelby Visintin, Legislative Attorneys Michael Murphy and Carolyn Garnett, (Kristin White Eagle attended by telephone).

The topic of the meeting was discussion of the passed 2018 General Council Resolutions. The Legislature will address all the Resolutions on October 30th, 2018, at the Regular Legislative Meeting.

**RESOLUTION 09-15-2018-B, RESOLUTION TO REAFFIRM 2016 GENERAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION 9-17-2016-07

Resolution presented by Joseph Keller & Gary Funmaker
1114 – 206 – 150 = Total votes 1470

Brief summary of the Resolution:

WHEREAS, at 2016 GC Meeting, the GC passed Resolution 9-17-2016-07, A Resolution to Provide Alternative Energy Sources to Ho-Chunk Elders, by a vote of 1,372 in favor, 231 opposed, and 80 abstaining;
WHEREAS, since that date, the Executive Branch agencies have not responded to requests for information as to further action; and
WHEREAS, in August 14, 2017, a letter was sent to President Cleveland and all Legislative Housing Committee Members, by Joseph Keller, in regard to the Resolution with his request to take the R4esoluton off the inactive list; an
WHEREAS, since that communication via e-mail and other calls to President Cleveland, o response has been provided; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Executive and the Legislature shall take action consistent with the policy set by 9-17-2016-07, A Resolution to Provide Alternative energy Source to Ho-Chunk Elders, as required by the Constitution.

Discussion:
This resolution passed by 84.39% of tribal members voting. The original resolution from 2016, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESLOVED that General Council finds that Ho-Chunk Nation Elders are on limited incomes and that energy bills create a hardship on many elders. To help defray the expenses the Ho-Chunk Nation wants to create a program that will provide interested Elders access to funding and programs that will put alternative energy such as solar or wind energy to provide alternative energy in Elder Homes.

According to Legislative, they attempted to address at the Housing Committee level with an effort to reach out to get research done. Funding was requested but never specified and no action was taken.

There were also concerns about the costs of the installation as well as the maintenance and upkeep of solar panels.

Other concerns were expressed whether this type of program is equitable for all tribal members as this program, if funded, would only benefit Elders, “Everyone has energy bills.”

One legislator stated, “If they want these types of programs, we’ll have to cut Per Cap or take it away.”

It was also mentioned that the original 2016 Resolution was not well written and unclear as to what the author was really asking for, whether it be help for paying energy bills or providing alternative energy sources?

When deciding on how to address the Resolution in regards to the constitutionally required Legislative action, it was proposed that, “We should research and respond on why we can’t do it.”

**RESOLUTION 09-15-2018-C, PROPOSED RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HO-CHUNK NATION

Resolution presented by William Greendeer & Lori Funmaker
1198 – 139 – 112 = Total votes 1449

Brief summary of the Resolution:

WHEREAS, we the people of the Ho-Chunk Nation recognize that we live at a time of unprecedented species extinction, ecosystem collapse, and global warming;
WHEREAS, we recognize that environmental laws which regulate the use and exploitation of nature are incapable of protecting Mother Earth;
WHEREAS, in the tradition of our Nation’s relationship with Mother Earth, from which we came and upon which we depend, we recognize that to protect nature, we must secure the highest protections for her through the recognition of rights in the Nation’s highest law, our Constitution; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, we the people of the Ho-Chunk Nation, through a vote of the General Council, may amend the Constitution;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESLOVED, we the people of the Ho-Chunk Nation exercise our inherent an inalienable right of sovereignty and self-governance, and hereby amend the Constitution with the addition of Article X, Section 2: Rights of Nature.

Discussion:
The Rights of Nature was on the ballot for the April 5th, 2018 and June 8th, 2018 Secretarial Election.

The Constitution requires that for an amendment to be made to the Ho-Chunk Nation Constitution.

Article III, Section 1. Requirements.
This Constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the qualified voters of the Ho-Chunk Nation voting at an election called for that purpose by the Ho-Chunk Nation Election Board, provided, that at least thirty (30) percent of those entitled to vote shall vote in such election.
In each of the above mentioned Secretarial Elections, the required 30% of qualified voters was not obtained and therefore the amendment was not carried out.

It was mentioned that the Election Board was forwarded Resolution 9-15-2018-C and at that time the Election Board declared that in the Resolution it did not request a Secretarial Election and will not be acted upon.

The Legislature discussed possibly “Acknowledging” the Resolution and forwarding it back to the Election Board. This could also be addressed by “quick passage” vote from the Legislature to request a Secretarial Election with a required nine (9) affirmative votes.

Other discussion centered on whether or not the author changed the wording in the Resolution with the possible intention that a vote at General Council would be sufficient to change the Constitution thereby making the Resolution unconstitutional, “WHEREAS, pursuant to article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, we the people of the Ho-Chunk Nation, through a vote of the General Council, may amend the Constitution.”

Whatever the outcome when the Legislature “Acknowledges” the Resolution on October 30th, it was stated that if there were to be another Secretarial Election if would not take place until the next Fiscal Year.

**RESOLUTION 09-15-2018-F, HOUSING ACT
Resolution presented by Greg Bird & Myron Cloud
868 – 357 – 202 = Total votes 1427

Brief summary of the Resolution:

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the General Council hereby request that the HO-CHUNK NATION CODE (HCC) revert back to the HCC enacted by Legislature back on 5/19/2004; specifically, Pages 14-15—subsection d – Sale or Transfer in its entirety.

Discussion:

Attorneys for Legislature addressed the GC Resolution, specifically how to interpret the GC Resolution as a request to review and reverse the actions of the Legislature although the Resolution did not specifically say this.

This Resolution could either be addressed by the Legislature through a quick passage vote requiring nine (9) affirmative votes or it could be placed out for a 45-Day Review on the Nation’s website. The only section that will be addressed will be subsection d, Sale or Transfer.

Ho-Chunk Nation Legislature Housing for the General Welfare of Veterans, Elders and Non-Elders Act (2004)
d. Sale or Transfer.
1. The Ho-Chunk Nation member’s interest in the DOH financed home may not be sold or otherwise conveyed during the term of the mortgage, except with the Executive Director of Housing’s prior written consent. After the sale has been approved by the Executive Director of Housing, the Ho-Chunk Nation shall have the first right of refusal on said property.
i. In the event a DOH recipient elects to sell the recipient’s existing home, the proceeds from the sale less the outstanding mortgage balance shall be paid and the remaining funds in the Escrow Account shall be released to the Ho-Chunk Nation member directly or his/her heirs identified by a certified court order.
ii. A home built on Ho-Chunk Land, Trust Land or Heirship Land shall only be sold or transferred to an enrolled Ho-Chunk Nation Member.

2. The DOH shall consent to a transfer made to another Ho-Chunk enrolled member if the transferee refinances on terms satisfactory to DOH. All arrearages incurred to the date of transfer shall be the liability of the Homeowner prior to transfer. In the event of any conveyance of the Ho-Chunk Nation member's mortgagor interest in violation of this restriction, the entire mortgage debt shall, at DOH’s election, accelerate and become immediately due.

3. The Homeowner shall be responsible to notify the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice or its agents of any bankruptcies filed by the Homeowners:
i. Casualty and Liability Insurance Premium shall be the responsibility of the Homeowner.
ii. Real estate taxes shall be responsibility of Homeowner.
iii. The lease/rent payment of the BIA shall be responsibility of Homeowner.

**RESOLUTION 09-15-2018-G, CHRISTMAS BONUS
Resolution presented by Hazel Guerrero & Andrea Storm
751 – 702 – 69 = Total votes 1522

Brief summary of the Resolution:

WHEREAS, tribal members receive an annual Christmas Bonus.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 2018 Christmas bonus and each year thereafter will be paid out as follows:
17 – Under $500.00
18 – Older $1,000.00
Elder Status $1,500.00

Discussion:

According to the Representatives that were present, the Christmas Bonus was budgeted for during spring 2018.
It was also discussed that the powers of the General Council do not include expenditures, this is a function of the Legislature. While this type of resolution can be voted on and forwarded to the Legislative Branch for review, Legislature is not constitutionally required to act upon such requests.
The GC Advocate suggested that the GC Resolution be considered during the next budget cycle for Fiscal Year 2020.

09/14/2018

Hello General Council Members,

There are many rumors going around about the GC Meeting tomorrow. The meeting will be taking place at the KI Center at 333 Main Street, Green Bay, WI. THERE WILL BE PAYMENT in the amount of $150.00 per tribal member regardless of quorum being met. Quorum amount is 1,200 tribal members. Meeting starts when quorum is met. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

List of Green Bay Parking Ramps and locations:Pine Street Ramp (entrances off of Pine & Madison) – 1845 spotsMain Street...
09/01/2018

List of Green Bay Parking Ramps and locations:

Pine Street Ramp (entrances off of Pine & Madison) – 1845 spots

Main Street Ramp (entrance off Main near Adams) – 681 spots

Cherry Street Ramp (entrance on Cherry between Washington & Adams – 801 spots

Bus routes to GC.
08/14/2018

Bus routes to GC.

07/25/2018

As of this date, 20% of eligible voters for 2018 General Council is 1201 for quorum.

HCN Enrollment Division will be onsite at General Council to assist with ID’s from 6:30 – 11 AM on Saturday, September 1...
07/25/2018

HCN Enrollment Division will be onsite at General Council to assist with ID’s from 6:30 – 11 AM on Saturday, September 15th, 2018



To receive an ID you MUST have one of the following:
Members will need a valid form of ID with a photo such as;
-- a State ID
-- Driver License
-- Employee badges with a Photo with their full name
-- Passport.


The following are NOT ACCEPTABLE forms of ID:
-- Copies of Certificate of Indian Degree of Blood (CDIB)
-- Department of Correction documents
-- Social Security Cards
-- Temporary Driver License
-- Birth Certificates
-- check stubs
-- mail



ID’s for Minor members will not be offered at GC.

First time recipients of a Tribal ID and Elders are free

All duplicates will cost $25.00

GENERAL COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION 2018
07/25/2018

GENERAL COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION 2018

HOTEL UPDATE:Block of rooms open at the Hyatt Regency (connected to KI) for Friday night only, September 14th, 2018.Hyat...
07/11/2018
Ho-Chunk Nation

HOTEL UPDATE:

Block of rooms open at the Hyatt Regency (connected to KI) for Friday night only, September 14th, 2018.

Hyatt Regency
333 Main St.
Green Bay, WI

(888) 421-1442 I.D.: Ho-Chunk Block

$149.00 Standard

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07/10/2018

2018 GREEN BAY HOTEL LIST ANNUAL GC

Bay Motel &Family Restaurant
1301 S. Military Ave, Green Bay
(920) 494-3441
Single King/Queen $63.53
5 Miles to KI Center

Motel 6-Green Bay
1614 Shawano Ave, Green Bay
(920) 494-6730
Double Queen $80.84
3 Miles to KI Center

Motel 6- Lambeau
2870 Ramada Way, Green Bay
(920) 499-3599
Double Queen $80.84
5.5 Miles to KI Center

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndom GB
1125 E. Mason St, Green Bay
(920) 430-7040
Double $145.00
2 Miles to KI Center

Comfort Inn
2841 Ramada Way
(520) 257-4500
Double Queen $109.73
5.5 Miles to KI Center

St. Brendan’s Inn
234 S. Washington St.
(920) 884-8484
Standard $149.00
1 Mile to KI Center

Comfort Suites
1951 Bond St.
(920) 499-7449
Double Queen $172.10
4 Miles to KI Center

Residence Inn
470 Marina Lane
(920) 430-1770
Double Queen $172.00
4 Miles to KI Center

Tundra Lodge Resort & Conf.Ctr
865 Lombardi Ave.
(920) 405-8700
Double Queen $230.95
3 Miles to KI Center

05/09/2018

FOR AREA MEETINGS -- NOMINATIONS NEEDED AT AREA MEETINGS

I have sent out a packet of information for the May Area Meetings regarding all current GC information, recieved proposals, FY 19 Budget and GC Planner. Legislator's have been responding saying that they will have one packet available for tribal members. I cannot be in attendance in person to give a report at the area meetings as I am one person and some of these meetings fall on the same night.

Please take a look at the packet of information that I have submitted to your area representative. If you are interested in being a proxy for me at your area meeting please email and if interested in the obtaining a full copy of the May 2018 OGC Report please request a copy via email: [email protected]

We are seeking nominations from each of the areas for a GC Planner Representative. This is in accordance with GC Resolution 09-17-16-01 Dissolution of GCA

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Article III, Section 2 of the Ho-Chunk Constitution decrees the General Council as a separate branch within the Ho-Chunk Nation government and that the branch requires a mechanism to fulfill its constitutional duties, authorities and powers, do so through the establishment of the following:
1. Dissolve the General Council Agency and transfer the budget and administrative duties to the Office of General Council effective at the adjournment of the 2016 General Council Meeting. The Office of General Council will coordinate with tribal membership three months prior to the General Council meeting for all meeting specifications including venue RFPs, etc.

2. One tribal member per district will represent and assist with the coordination of the annual General Council meetings.

Also in accordance with;

Ho-Chunk Nation Code 1 HCC sub-section18, Office of the General Council Establishment and Organization Act, Section 5, Internal Organization and Authority, (g);
g. The Office of General Council will coordinate with tribal membership at least three (3) months prior to the Nation's Annual General Council meeting regarding all meeting specifications, including, but not limited to, venue and RFPs. One tribal member per District of the Nation will represent and assist in the coordination of such Annual General Council meetings.

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Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 7. Procedures Twenty percent of the eligible voters of the Nation present in General Council shall constitute a quorum. Each action of the General Council shall require the presence of a quorum. The President shall call all Annual and Special General Council Meetings, except those meetings pursuant to Article IX (- Removal, Recall, And Vacancies) Section 2. When a quorum is attained, the General Council shall select either the President or another person to conduct the meeting. A Secretary shall be appointed to record the minutes of all the General Council Meetings, including any votes taken. The secretary shall transmit the minutes of General Council Meetings to the Legislature.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 4. Excepted Powers The General Council does not retain the power to review actions relating to the hiring or firing of personnel. Section 5. Annual Meetings The People shall meet in General Council at least one time each year, which shall be called by the President, and at other times as provided in Section 6 of this Article. Notice shall be provided by the President for all Annual Meetings of General Council. Section 6. Special Meetings Special Meetings of the General Council shall be called by the President upon petition by 20 percent of the eligible voters, or upon written request of a majority of the Legislature, or when deemed necessary by the President. Notice shall be provided by the President for all Special Meetings of the General Council.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 3. Powers Retained by the General Council (g) General Council Branch delegates authority to General Council Agency to select, hire, manage and supervise General Council Branch personnel to accomplish the tasks mandated by General Council. (Amendment VI adopted on August 14, 2012 which became effective on September 28, 2012 by operation law.) This was reprinted from the Constitution reprinted August 12, 2018. What happened after GCA was dissolved? Was the Constitution updated? Can you attach the resolution that changed this? Or did GCA remain the same?
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 3. Powers Retained by the General Council (f) Actions by the General Council shall be binding.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 3. Powers Retained by the General Council (e) the General Council retains the power to call a Special Election.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 3. Powers Retained by the General Council (d) the General Council retains the power to establish its own procedures in accordance with this Constitution.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 3. Powers Retained by the General Council (c) the General Council retains the power to propose amendments in accordance with Article XIII (Amendments), including those which reverse decisions of the Judiciary interpreting this Constitution.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 3. Powers Retained by General Council (b) the General Council retains the power to review and reverse actions of the Legislature except those enumerated in Section 4 of this Article. The General Council shall return such reversals to the Legislature for reconsideration consistent with the action of the General Council. The General Council retains the power to review and reverse decisions of the Judiciary which interpret actions of the Legislature. The General Council does not retain the power to review and reverse decisions of the Judiciary which interpret this Constitution.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 3. Powers Retained by the General Council (a) The General Council retains the power to set policy of the Nation. This policy shall be resolutions proposed and approved at Annual Meetings and Special Meetings, by a majority vote of the qualified voters of the Ho-Chunk Nation General Council. This policy shall be made into laws, including codes, ordinances, resolutions, and statutes by the Legislative Branch of the Ho-Chunk Nation within 45 days after a majority vote of qualified voters of the Ho-Chunk Nation General Council at Annual Meetings and Special Meetings. The Executive Branch shall enforce this policy within 60 days of the majority vote of the qualified voters of the Ho-Chunk Nation General Council. In the event that this policy is not enacted by the Legislative Branch or enforced by the Executive Branch within 15 days of the aforementioned deadlines, the Ho-Chunk Nation General Council shall file suit in the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court against elected officials of the Ho-Chunk Nation branch of government. The Supreme Court of the Ho-Chunk Nation shall have the original jurisdiction within 15 days of filing date of suit. (Amendment X adopted on August 14, 2012 which becomes effective on September 28, 2012 by operation of law) Has General Council filed any suits regarding this section?
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 2. Delegation of Authority. The General Council hereby authorizes the legislative branch to make laws and appropriate funds in accordance with Article V (- Legislature). The General Council hereby authorized the executive branch to enforce the laws and administer funds in accordance with Article VI (- Executive). The General Council hereby authorizes the judicial branch to interpret and apply the laws and Constitution of the Nation in accordance with Article VII (- Judiciary)
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation Article IV - General Council Section 1. Powers of the General Council. The people of the Ho-Chunk Nation hereby grant all inherent sovereign powers to the General Council. All eligible voters of the Ho-Chunk Nation are entitled to participate in General Council. Has there been a cut off time when “eligible voters” show up later in the day for General Council? If so, is that a violation of the Constitution? How does an “eligible voter” prove they are eligible? I have seen Tribal members denied participation because they don’t have a tribal ID. I even seen a Tribal Member use the enrollment print off on paper initialed by the enrollment office get denied. Can a process for registration for the next General Council for all “eligible voters” be posted? Can the process include in case of an emergency? (Maybe a purse or wallet is stolen before General Council.)