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Council Dispatch #193     September 12, 2023   Walk-In   Mike Kenmille informed council have a system that is supposed to help members from the youngest to the oldest. He asked why the council...

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Council Dispatch #192     September 7, 2023   Tribal Council   Carole Lankford gave a report on the Ronan/Pablo joint district meeting. Experts in the field of doing skateparks were in...

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Council Dispatch #193     September 12, 2023

 

Walk-In

 

  • Mike Kenmille informed council have a system that is supposed to help members from the youngest to the oldest. He asked why the council allows their children to be taken off the reservation. His grandchildren were allowed to be taken off the reservation, and Mike wanted an answer on how we are supposed to take care of our people when we allow this to happen. Mike has been taking steps to get his grandchild enrolled in CSKT. The Tribes should develop their own system instead of relying on the Tribal Court. We will not have a future if we keep giving away our children. Chairman McDonald agreed we should do everything we can to keep our children here and amend any policies or regulations we can to make that happen. The more we can define in the policy, the less interpretation there will be by a judge. Len TwoTeeth would like to ask the Tribal Social Services Department when we get into a case where a tribal member children will be taken off the reservation that the tribal council be notified so they can look for other options to prevent that from happening. Once the judge orders a ruling, there is nothing the council can do about it.   This child has a large family that was willing to take her. Len wants to make that change to the policy. Patricia Hibbeler, Director of Tribal Member Services, advised there are some reorganization changes happening at Social Services.  Patti will do a policy review and return with some recommendations. She was not aware of this particular case, so she will follow up.

 

Natural Resources Department

 

  • Council took action to reopen Mission Reservoir to fishing, due to the reservoir recovering to above minimal pool elevation. Gwen Lankford will draft a press release.

 

Tribal Lands Department

 

  • Council approved by resolution the purchase of the 40-acre Revais Drainage parcel and seek DEWR funding for this acquisition.

 

  • Council approved by resolution the purchase of the Evaro parcel.

 

  • Council approved the advertisement of the RFPs for appraisals, surveys, phase one environmental, and title company.

 

  • Mike Dolson wanted to move forward with an environmental assessment of the bathhouse. Mark Couture responded phase one is done. Mark is working with John and Tyson to look at various buildings, and the bathhouse will be included.  Chairman McDonald would like the bathhouse prioritized and either remove it or do the necessary improvements to make it a usable structure.

 

  • Mark Couture gave an update on the Lands Ordinance. It was approved by the council and was forwarded to the superintendent. There is a ten-day window for review, and the superintendent was unable to review it within that timeline so he did not forward it to the Regional Office. There were some sentence structure changes made. Mark will return at a later date to rescind the action to approve that ordinance and approve the revised version.

 

Legal Department

 

  • John Carter presented proposed changes to Ordinance 86B, the Tribal Administrative Procedures Ordinance. John suggested adding language stating the information possessed by the Culture Committees or the Tribal Preservation Department that identifies, describes, or locates areas, sites, objects or activities of cultural or spiritual significance. Council agreed to the proposed change.  John will return to council at a later date to seek approval of the final document.

 

  • Council approved by resolution the referenced opioid settlement and authorized the Tribal Chairman to sign the Tribal Participation Form and any related documents necessary to effectuate this settlement.

 

  • Council approved a resolution regarding the higher education Salish Kootenai College regulations.

 

Department of Human Resources Development

 

  • Patricia Courchane informed council that she had sent a letter out regarding the Foster Care licensing, and she received a response back that it needed to be signed the tribal chairman. Chairman McDonald signed the letter.

 

Tribal Council

 

  • Martin Charlo informed council that the Washington State Indian Education Committee is meeting on October 6 in Pullman, if anyone wants to attend. It is scheduled for the same day as the quarterly council meeting, so he will not be attending.

 

 

 

NOTE:  The official Council Minutes will contain more complete details about lengthy discussions and should be considered the official record of Council. Dispatches are written from notes taken live and may occasionally contain partial information, over-simplified characterizations or an occasional error. Council reviews and corrects the draft minutes before approving as the official record.  Comments (both affirmations and concerns) are part of change and are expected and encouraged. Along with any specific comments, please also share what you would like to hear more about in upcoming communications. The email address for comments is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Council Dispatch #191     September 5, 2023

 

Walk Ins

 

  • Brian Lipscomb informed council that the USS Montana will receive an award from the Montana Historical Society. The ceremony is next Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., at the rotunda at the capital. The Brothers Drum Group will attend. Council was invited to go. Bing Matt and Carole Lankford showed interest in attending.

 

  • Brian Lipscomb, Energy Keepers, Inc., informed council that he submitted an agenda request to meet with the council next Thursday to present the annual operating plan. Brian can meet with the council before then if they want input on the strategic plan. Chairman McDonald scheduled the discussion for 2:00 p.m. today.

 

  • Alberta Bertsch informed council that her son is getting a homesite in Dixon. She is trying to buy him a trailer and she has been unable to get necessary information from the Lands Department regarding the requirements for a trailer house. Alberta was told the trailer is too old and has an addition. She requested a copy of the policy, but she was told it was a management decision. Alberta cannot afford to purchase a new trailer house, and due to the homelessness happening she would like approval to move the trailer to the homesite. Willie Birthmark, Tribal Lands Department, researched this matter and was told that in 2005 the council approved a policy that trailer houses had to be 1984 or newer, but the requirement is not contained in the Lands Ordinance. There are age restrictions for trailers. If the council waives policy and the trailer passes the inspection, then it could be moved to the homesite. Tony Incashola, Jr., Tribal Resources Management, spoke to the department head about this matter last week and was told the issue is the fire risk for trailer houses older than 1984. The Lands staff plans to do a visual and structural inspection. Willie Birthmark will follow up and conduct the inspection. Mike Dolson would like the 2005 council action so the Lands Ordinance can be modified.

 

Tribal Council

 

  • Terry Pitts informed council that Delores Adams is having issues with dogs and she is afraid to walk to the mailbox to pick up her mail. Terry wants the Game Wardens or law enforcement to contact Delores. There are some dog owners that do not control their dogs. Willie Birthmark, Tribal Lands Department, has been to that area several times dealing with packs of dogs creating a nuisance. The owners are cited for public nuisance. The Lands Ordinance has language regarding dog issues, but he does not know if there is a vicious dog section in the ordinance.  Willie will follow up.

 

  • Carole Lankford informed council that Christine Nervy sent a letter regarding skateparks. Christine is interested in helping us get a handle on the skateparks that are planned. There is going to be a Ronan/Pablo district meeting tomorrow and it will be discussed. She is not asking for pay, but with this kind of project Carole thinks the Tribes need to pay her something.

 

  • Carole Lankford asked about the low cost block contribution that Energy Keepers, Inc. gave back to the Tribes. Carole has had people asking about it since they are not eligible for LIHEAP. She asked in the past that we get ahead of the game on this issue. The council said they would distribute it to the membership. Now it is getting colder and she has not received any update on who will be eligible for that funding.

 

  • Carole Lankford received a copy of a letter that Bob Strauss sent to the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Subcommittee about the State’s handling of the Medicaid agencies in their review of the system in determining Medicaid eligibility. A million children were improperly disenrolled from the Medicaid program. The state agency is reviewing their system. Carole will share the letter with council.

 

  • Carole Lankford informed council that Mary Lou Sorrell lost a small dog from a big dog in the neighborhood. Carole called Salish Kootenai Housing Authority, but it is not located in a housing unit.

 

  • Chairman McDonald received a schematic from Mission Valley Power regarding the consumer low cost block of power, and he will share that information with Greg so we can figure out what kind of rebate or supplement we can allocate to each tribal member household leader.  Carole Lankford requested a copy of the signed PL 280 document. Chairman McDonald will follow up with the Legal Department.

 

Financial Management

 

  • Council took action to reallocate unexpended funding in the pow wows and celebrations budget to contribute $3,500 to the Seventh Generation Pow Wow on September 8-9, 2023 and contribute $3,500 to the Veterans Honoring and Pow Wow that will take place on November 4, 2023.

 

  • Council took action to provide $5,000 for any sobriety event or any other activity the council approves in fiscal year 2024.

 

  • Council approved a resolution for setup and signatory authority for the bank account at Eagle Bank in Polson called CSKT Opioid Settlement. Council will be part of the strategic planning for the funds.
  • Council approved a resolution for setup and signatory authority for the investment account at LPL Financial via French Wealth Management titled: CSKT Opioid Settlement.

 

  • Greg Spahr will meet with the tribal council this Thursday regarding BTFA request for index amount on the third mandatory payment for water compact, which should be about $19 million. He is getting ready for fiscal year 2024 and prepared a letter for the release of the next $90 million mandatory payment. Greg will present a resolution and a letter requesting funding to be released from the water compact budget allocation. Greg will be bringing forward a request for $10 million for the Section 7B activities, including purchase of pipe or other equipment. Chairman McDonald requested a breakdown on how the irrigation betterment compact funding is spent on an annual basis, including the salaries and project timelines. Greg will follow up.

 

  • Chairman McDonald informed Greg that through the Economic Development Office, the 477 funding can be used to write a business plan for the tribal plaza in Elmo. It can also be used to purchase equipment. Len TwoTeeth wants to see a plan in place and a checklist of things we need to follow and track so we can keep the project moving on what we need to accomplish on a weekly basis. He wants to start moving dirt no later than next spring, if possible. Greg Spahr reached out to SKMM and is working with them to provide the roadmap to move forward.

 

Personnel Department

 

  • Council appointed Shawn DeFrance to the Shoreline Protection Board for a three-year term.

 

  • Council appointed Jableau Arlee to the Forestry Advisory Committee for a two- year term.

 

 

 

NOTE:  The official Council Minutes will contain more complete details about lengthy discussions and should be considered the official record of Council. Dispatches are written from notes taken live and may occasionally contain partial information, over-simplified characterizations or an occasional error. Council reviews and corrects the draft minutes before approving as the official record.  Comments (both affirmations and concerns) are part of change and are expected and encouraged. Along with any specific comments, please also share what you would like to hear more about in upcoming communications. The email address for comments is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Council Dispatch #192     September 7, 2023

 

Tribal Council

 

  • Carole Lankford gave a report on the Ronan/Pablo joint district meeting. Experts in the field of doing skateparks were in attendance. The man that did a petition said he got 1,000 signatures to move forward with a skatepark in Ronan. She identified a parcel of land. It sounds like it will be a go. Medicare Part B had a good presentation. An expert from the Tribal Health Department was there and talked about the ins and outs of that. People are excited about having a little extra money in their checks. She would like more information about that pilot project. Martin Charlo thought the fentanyl crisis is on a lot of people’s minds and there are still a lot of homeless people on the reservation. Martin plans to hold another meeting for the Pablo district to discuss available funding and other issues discussed. Chairman McDonald reported that the Pearl Jam Pool Works has a grant program that will match up to $100,000 for a skatepark in Montana. It looks like we would qualify for a couple of skateparks, so it looks positive for Ronan to get a skatepark. Tom will zoom into the next Tribal Health Committee meeting to discuss Medicare Part B. Tracy gave a presentation on how she seeks out resources for tribal members. Part B provides pharmacy reimbursement, and that could add revenue to the Third Party revenue. Tom suggested expanding pharmacy services. Tom wants to pay the premium for Part B and limit that reimbursement benefit to tribal members only. There is a penalty for individuals that do not sign up for Medicare by the age of 65. Medicare Part A participants must do redundant applications every year. He wants to have a better way to reboot Tribal Health so beneficiaries do not need pre-authorization for surgeries once individuals reach a certain age.

 

Facilities Maintenance

 

  • Council approved SKMM Task Order 13 for the Blue Bay Dock project. The goal of the project is to rebuild the dock, conserve the existing crib, and add two bays and a boat lift.

 

Natural Resources Department

 

  • Council granted Missoula County a three-year collection permit to collect soil core samples from the Flathead Lake flowering rush biomasses on the southern half of the lake near the Ducharme Point fishing access. It would determine a baseline for flowering rush.

 

  • Council granted Craig Pablo a one-year commercial recreation permit for his business Native Waters Fly Fishing.

 

  • The staff reported the water levels have gone up at the Mission Reservoir. The staff can either reopen the reservoir to fishing or can return to council next week to discuss further.  Chairman McDonald asked the staff to come back next week.

 

Financial Management

 

  • Council approved by resolution spending authority for Early Childhood Services Day Care.

 

  • Council approved by resolution the fiscal year 2024 budget for the Tribal Credit Program.

 

  • Council approved by resolution the fiscal year 2024 spending authority for Quicksilver Express.

 

  • Len TwoTeeth would like to have discussion about turning the Gray Wolf Trailer Park property over to S&K Gaming. The purpose of purchasing the property was for S&K Gaming expansion. Jennifer Finley suggested having more discussion. The property could be used for housing and workforce housing. Carole Lankford would like to use the trailer park as housing for tribal members. Mike Dolson wanted to know why the trailer park business was not making a profit. Len TwoTeeth wanted to know if the residents pay taxes to Missoula County. Greg Spahr will follow up with the Economic Development Office.

 

  • Council approved by resolution the fiscal year 2024 spending authority for Gray Wolf Park.

 

  • Greg Spahr discussed fiscal year 2024 funding allocations. The Tribes are required to indicate their intentions on the allocation of the upcoming mandatory water settlement funding, indication on the receipt of the indexing amount from fiscal year 2023, as well as make a request for funding disbursement for the upcoming budget and expenditures. Council took action to approve a letter to Pamela Williams, US Department of the Interior, and approved a resolution authorizing the allocation of the fourth mandatory distribution from the Montana Water Rights Protection Act.

 

  • Council took action to approve a letter to Shane Hendrickson, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and a resolution authorizing draw down of water compact funds for ongoing activities related to compact implementation.

 

Department of Human Resources Development

 

  • Council changed the Dire Need Policy to require all Dire Need approved payments to be paid vendor direct only and no further requirement of drug testing for any applicant. 

 

  • Council changed the Dire Need Policy to remove the requirement for the tribal member to have applied to Tribal Credit before individuals can be eligible for Dire Need. 

 

  • Council approved an exemption for the Emergency Home Repair Program funded by ARP-A to be exempt from the contracting process for jobs up to $5,000 that meet the guidelines and add the need for  siding that is not cosmetic and urgent to the health of the home to approved Home Repair services. 

 

  • Patricia Courchane informed council that the CSKT DHRD Transit mobile app for rides came out today.

 

Arlee Pow Wow Committee

 

  • Council received a report on the 2023 Arlee Pow Wow and took action to accept the report.

 

 

NOTE:  The official Council Minutes will contain more complete details about lengthy discussions and should be considered the official record of Council. Dispatches are written from notes taken live and may occasionally contain partial information, over-simplified characterizations or an occasional error. Council reviews and corrects the draft minutes before approving as the official record.  Comments (both affirmations and concerns) are part of change and are expected and encouraged. Along with any specific comments, please also share what you would like to hear more about in upcoming communications. The email address for comments is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Council Dispatch #190     August 31, 2023

 

Tribal Member

 

  • Delores Fisher met with council regarding her rental increase in senior housing which increased from $150.00 to $1,100.00 per month. Jody Cahoon Perez and Shannon Sheridan, Salish Kootenai Housing Authority, advised the staff is following policy. Any actions of the staff are grieveable to the Housing Board of Commissioners. This issue should have been presented to the Housing Board instead of the Tribal Council. Delores is over-income, and her per capita is not included in the calculation. Any income less than $2,000.00 is not included in the income calculation. Because Delores is over-income, she cannot receive the low-rent benefits and she must pay fair market value.  SKHA policy complies with the federal regulations, and SKHA must comply with the regulations to administer the HUD funding. Len TwoTeeth would like to review the policies. Len suggested Delores meet with the Housing Board to get a waiver of the policy so she can pay a descent rental payment. Jody responded the policy could be revised, but the more the SKHA spends on rent subsidy the less the program has for future housing/developments.

 

Tribal Council

 

  • Martin Charlo announced there will be a Ronan/Pablo joint district meeting next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

 

  • Jim Malatare requested an update on Mr. Krouch’s issue regarding his home burning down. Chairman McDonald responded the Tribal Lands Department was going to help clean up that area. Jim also wants the roads addressed, since they are washed out and dangerous in the wintertime. Len TwoTeeth will schedule a fieldtrip.

 

  • Mike Dolson is helping plan the Transboundary Conference. Anyone interested in participating needs to get registered. There will be an Elders and Youth presentation and they are looking for tribal elders and youth to serve on the panel. Chairman McDonald is scheduled to serve on some of the panels. There will also be a women’s leader panel, and Mike thought Jennifer Finley may want to serve on the panel.

 

Natural Resources Department

 

  • Staff discussed the FIIP Mission Reservoir drawdown. On August 24 they began the drawdown of Mission Reservoir and it became below the minimum pool for fisheries concerns. The reservoir may be closed to fishing due to the low levels. Rich requested approval of a press release announcing the Mission Reservoir will be closed to fishing. The staff will continue to provide updates to the council. council took action to close Mission Reservoir to fishing. Council approved the tribal press release.

 

  • Council took action to approve the 2023-2024 Yellowstone Bison Hunt Regulations and the requirement that all bison hunters must attend the orientation. The proposed regulations were reviewed by both Culture Committees and went out for public comment.

 

  • The National BAER Team presented the 2023 CSKT Complex Burned Area Emergency Response Plan. The emergency stabilization objectives are to reduce threats to human life, safety, and property; identify threats to critical cultural and natural resources; determine need and prescribe emergency treatments; and promptly stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to resources. The burned area rehabilitation objectives are to repair or improve fire-damaged lands unlikely to recover naturally; and repair and replace minor infrastructure and assets.

 

 

NOTE:  The official Council Minutes will contain more complete details about lengthy discussions and should be considered the official record of Council. Dispatches are written from notes taken live and may occasionally contain partial information, over-simplified characterizations or an occasional error. Council reviews and corrects the draft minutes before approving as the official record.  Comments (both affirmations and concerns) are part of change and are expected and encouraged. Along with any specific comments, please also share what you would like to hear more about in upcoming communications. The email address for comments is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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