General Council Meeting Procedures
On June 5, 2007, during the General Run-off, there was a referendum
ballot with the General Council Meeting Procedures from a Ho-Chunk
Nation member, General Council Contract Service Provider, and
General Council Office.
On the ballot, there was 3 choices marked A, B, and C representing
the 3 General Council Meeting Procedures options.The scenario with
the highest number of votes from this referendum vote and was to be
adopted at the next Annual General Council Meeting.
At the 2007 Annual General Council Meeting there was a motion to
officially adopt resolution 10-20-07 C General Council Procedure
Scenario B. Which passed with a vote of 1049 yes, 150 no, and 230
abstaining for a total of 1429 votes cast.
Please review scenario B and if you have comments or questions;
contact the Office of the General Council. Pine Giroux or Brook
Funmaker, GCA Advocates, 800-294-9343 ext. 1070 or 1075.
Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation 1994:
Article IV - General Council Section 3. pg 3 Powers retained by
the General Council (d) The General Council retains the power to
establish its own procedures in accordance with this
Article IV - General Council Section 3 pg 4 Powers retained by the
General Council (f) Actions by the General Council shall be
General Council Meeting Procedures (2007)
Admission to Annual or Special General Council meeting shall be
open to Ho-Chunk Nation members.
2. Roll Call
Established through registration.
3. Call to Order
General Council may be called to order by any Ho-Chunk
4. Determination of quorum
Quorum may be established through electronic registration.
Confirmation of quorum will be tested throughout the day by random
sampling. No action by General Council is valid without
5. Prayer and song
6. Selection of Presiding Chair of the General Council
When quorum is attained, the General Council shall select either
the President or another person to conduct the meeting.
A. Nominations shall be made from the floor; the floor will be
open for 5 minutes
A1. Any Ho-Chunk Nation member may nominate any enrolled Ho-Chunk
Nation member present.
A2. There must be a motion to close nominations from the floor
before voting on chairperson.
7. Presiding Chair shall appoint the Recording Secretary
A. The chairperson shall select a Ho-Chunk Nation member as the
official Recording Secretary.
B. The Recording Secretary shall record all business of the
General Council meeting.
C. The Recording Secretary may ask for assistance; however there
will be only one official Recording Secretary for the General
8. Meeting Minutes
The Recording Secretary shall take, or cause to be taken, minutes
of the meeting. The minutes shall include, at a minimum, the
1. Time of meeting called to order.
2. Roll Call
3. Time quorum was established
4. Record if at any time quorum was lost and regained
5. A record or summary of all motions, proposals, resolutions or
other matter formally voted upon, the results of the vote.
6. Times when body is recessed, if applicable.
7. Time of adjournment
It is also the responsibility of the recording secretary to submit
the Official signed minutes of the General Council to the Ho-Chunk
Nation Legislature no less than 5 days after the General Council
9. Sergeant at arms
The Bear Clan, peacekeepers of the Ho-Chunk Nation, shall be the
designated security to insure safety and order of the meeting.
A. Maintain order
B. Remove from premises any member(s) who displays any lack of
respect after 3 warnings
C. Assist the Presiding Chair to maintain order during the
General council will follow a standard form of operations as
accepted by Ho-Chunk Nation that will utilize the following
guidelines for conducting a meeting:
A. Roll call
B. Call to order:
C. Determination of quorum
D. Opening prayer
E. Meeting minutes (previous general council meeting)
1. Legislative Branch
2. Judicial Branch
G. Unfinished business
H. New business
a. Ho-Chunk Nation Members are responsible for their own agenda
b. Agenda items will be offered from the floor; the floor will be
open for 15 minutes.
c. Agenda shall be approved by vote
d. However, if the General Council has been called for a Special
meeting, the Special meeting item shall be the first order of
11. Procedures for motions
All persons are to use a microphone
A. The Ho-Chunk Nation member shall identify their membership to
the Presiding Chair by name, and enrollment number. That person
shall have 5 minutes to present motion/resolution, more time if
deemed necessary by the Presiding Chair.
B. There must be a second to every motion
C. When deemed appropriate the presiding chairperson will call for
the question, end the discussion and voting will begin.
A. Voting on all matters that come before the General Council
meeting shall be restricted to enrolled Ho-Chunk Nation members 18
years old and older.
B. Each vote requires that a quorum must be present
C. A simple majority vote shall determine the pass or failure of
motions and/or resolutions; with the following exceptions:
C1. Ho-Chunk Nation Constitution Article ii - Membership section
3. Re-enrollment by General Council Pg 2 Any person at least
one-fourth (1/4) Ho-Chunk blood who has relinquished membership
under Section 2 of this Article may be re-enrolled by a
two-thirds(2/3) vote of the General Council, provided , that such
individual is not an enrolled member of any other Indian
C2. Ho-Chunk Nation Constitution Article ii - Membership section
5. Membership code. Pg 2. The legislature shall have the power to
enact laws not inconsistent with this Article to govern membership.
Removal of any person who is not eligible for membership from the
Membership Roll shall be done in accordance with the Membership
Code, provided, that such removal is approved by at least a
two-thirds (2/3) vote of the General Council.
A. All General Council members attending shall be allowed the
privilege of the floor.
B. After gaining recognition from the chair to speak the speaker
shall first clearly state his/her name and Ho-Chunk enrollment
number so that the secretary may keep an accurate record of the
C. If, in the opinion of the chair or the voting body, it becomes
necessary to limit discussion because of time constraints, each
item will be limited to fifteen (15) minutes total agenda time for
discussion. Limits on each speaker may be imposed as determined by
presiding chairperson; unless removal or recall proceedings in
progress. (When time limits are imposed, a timekeeper shall be
D. No person may speak more than once on a subject until all
others who wish to speak have had an opportunity to do so; with the
exception of persons subject to a recall or removal.
14. Resolutions and motions
A. Actions taken by resolution are effective ratified
B. Resolutions and motions are made by Enrolled Ho-Chunk voting
The action of adjournment hereby ratifies all binding actions of
ADOPTED BY GENERAL COUNCIL
CHAIRPERSON SIGNATURE DATE