TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council appointed two members to the tribe’s Election Board during the regular March meeting Monday night.
Stilwell resident Martha Calico, who has served on the commission for multiple elections, was appointed to a six-year term. Bill W. Horton, former superintendent of Moffett Public Schools and a Vietnam War veteran, was appointed to serve four years.
According to the tribe’s election law, two of the five election commissioners are appointed by the Tribal Council, two are selected by the Principal Chief and the fifth is selected by the other four commissioners and is subject to approval by both the executive and legislative branches. In an effort to stagger the commissioners’ terms, as of Oct. 1, 2011, two will serve six-year terms while the other three will serve four-year terms.
The Council also approved a budget modification that increases the operating budget by $435,998 with revenue brought in by the tribe, bringing the comprehensive budget for the fiscal year to $494,298,953.
The Council voted to form a partnership between the Cherokee Nation and Big Brothers Big Sisters with the goal of benefiting young Cherokee Nation citizens by matching them with mentors from within the tribe. The funding of a 4-H Club mentoring program at Sequoyah Schools through a grant received by the tribe was also authorized.
The Council voted to submit grant applications to the Environ-mental Protection Agency to fund groundwater, solid waste management and air monitoring station programs and to submit a grant application to the Department of Labor to provide young adult ex-offenders with training and service education. The donation of a surplus water filtering system to the Gore Public Water Authority was approved as well.
The Council made some technical changes to legislation pertaining to the Compensation Committee, renaming it the Salary for Elected Officials Committee and narrowing the body’s responsibilities to only involve salary recommendations. The Council also voted to grant a right-of-way easement approximately 45 feet long across Cherokee Nation tribal trust land in Adair County.
The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in
the Tribal Council Chambers of the W.W. Keeler Complex in Tahlequah.