Letters to the Editor
The Tribal Council took it upon themselves to give the tribal members 20 percent of the 193 money and to keep 80 percent for their share. It’s already been agreed to, voted on and approved by the Tribal Council.
Using the 20-80 percent formula the council has already approved, the tribal members will receive approximately $48 million to be divided between 10,000 members. Each tribal member would receive approximately $3,800, after taxes. That’s not much, is it? The Tribal Council share will be approximately $145 million.
Using 50 percent to tribal members and 50 percent to the Tribal Council, each tribal member would receive approximately $7,700. The Tribal Council would have $96 million to spend. The 50-50 percent formula seems way more fair to me.
The Tribal Council has lost trust and touch with the tribal members. The tribal members want, and deserve a voice in the distribution of the 193 funds. Let the tribal members vote on the 193 money.
I think all the Tribal Council members who voted to approve the 20-80 percent formula should be voted out of office. For the Tribal Council to believe the tribal members should only be entitled to receive 20 percent is a great injustice to the tribal membership.
If there is not a petition out there, let’s get one going in each district. If there is a petition, I urge all the tribal members to sign it. Let the Tribal Council know you’re not satisfied with a mere 20 percent. I can be contacted at (509) 429-7502.