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Tribe needs code of ethics and principles for all to follow

Dec 7, 2012 - Nolan Friday, Arapahoe

Editor:

What Northern Arapaho Tribal members need is some rules that everyone can follow. Right now, I'm sure that if you ask a hundred Northern Arapaho Tribal Members what Resolution the current council is operating under, you might get a few that know the answer. Most would not even care.

Right now we need a resolution that pertains to embezzlement of tribal or federal funds and misuse or theft of tribal property. A code of ethics for tribal employment and guiding principles for our employees would service our tribe well.

A committee needs to be formed that can put in order all resolutions that govern our tribe and have the General Council approve the findings. Then put the resolutions into a library of laws that any tribal member can access. That way, whoever is elected in as the next Business Council will be expected to follow the rules, be honest and be held accountable for their actions.

I have written a resolution, code of ethics and a guiding principles document that I would like our tribal members to read and maybe make changes to improve these documents. The next step would be put them on the agenda for a General Council meeting to vote them in and implement them into our tribal government.

Tribal government reform is needed at all levels, and qualified personnel are needed in every position. For all those members out there that feel their vote doesn't matter and it is a waste of time, I say it is your right and your duty to come to the meetings and find out what is going on. Every member matters, and it is time to make a stand and defend your rights as a Northern Arapaho.

Or maybe you are happy with the scraps you get thrown to you from the business councils, program directors and grants offices tables. I believe our people deserve a better tribal government and passing of this resolution, code of ethics and guiding principles would be a great start to a better future.

Every form of government, organizations, committees, councils and groups have rules they follow. If not, they fail. The General Council of the Northern Arapaho needs to make sure there are rules and ensure they are followed to the letter and that the Business Council follows our direction and follows through with what was voted on and passed in our meetings.

We have some tough decisions to make and if we stand together united we shall never fail. Everyone knows right from wrong, good and evil. Good will always triumph over evil.

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