GENERAL COUNCIL
SAMPLE RESOLUTION _ _ – _ _ – _ _ _
By Wendy L. Helgemo*

WHEREAS, on November 1, 1994, the Secretary of the Interior approved a new Constitution for the Ho-Chunk Nation (“Constitution”), formerly known as the Wisconsin Winnebago Nation; and

WHEREAS, the Ho-Chunk Nation (“Nation”) is a federally recognized Indian Tribe, organized pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution, the People of the Ho-Chunk Nation hereby grant all inherent sovereign powers to the General Council; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 1, all eligible voters of the Ho-Chunk Nation are entitled to participate in General Council; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 (a), the General Council retains the power to set policy for the Nation; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 (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; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 (b), 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; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 (c), the General Council retains the power to propose amendments in accordance with Article XIII, including those which reverse decisions of the Judiciary interpreting this Constitution; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 (e), the General Council retains the power to call a Special Election; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 3 (f), action by the General Council shall be binding; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 5, and Article VI Section 2 (j), an Annual meeting has been duly called and notice duly given by the President; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 7, twenty (20) percent of the eligible voters of the Nation present in General Council shall constitute a quorum; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article IV, Section 7, each action of the General Council shall require the presence of a quorum; and

WHEREAS, [INSERT ANY OTHER HO-CHUNK LAW, FEDERAL LAW]; and
[INSERT POLICY, CULTURE AND TRADITION]

WHEREAS, [INSERT DELEGATION TO BRANCH OR DEPARTMENT]; and

WHEREAS, [INSERT FACTS, FINDINGS, REPORTS,
OTHER SUPPORT FOR ABOVE].
[INSERT DISTRICT SUPPORT, MOTIONS MADE, MEETING DATE].
[INSERT COURT CASE].

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the General Council hereby
[FINDS][ORDERS][DIRECTS][REVERSES][INSERT DESIRED ACTION][INSERT DESIRED STEPS][INSERT TIME FRAMES][INSERT PENALTIES]

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Council hereby . . . ETC.

CERTIFICATION (EXAMPLE)

I, the undersigned, as Secretary for the Ho-Chunk Nation General Council, hereby certify that the General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation, composed of ___ members, of whom ___ constituting a quorum were present at a meeting duly called and convened and held on the ___ day of _______, 2004, that the foregoing resolution was adopted at said meeting by an affirmative vote of ___ members, ___ opposed, and ___ abstaining, pursuant to the authority of Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation approved by the Secretary of the Interior on November 1, 1994, and that said resolution has not been rescinded or amended in any way. I further certify that this is a verified copy of said resolution.

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