The White Earth Tribal Council passed several key resolutions at its regular meeting Nov. 26 in Rice Lake Village.
Tribal Executive Committee meetings
In an ongoing effort to keep tribal members informed, under a new resolution, White Earth enrollees will now have access to free transportation, hotel rooms and meals to all upcoming Tribal Executive Committee meetings in 2020.
The TEC will meet Jan. 31 at the Shooting Star Casino Hotel & Event Center in Mahnomen; May 1 at the Black Bear Hotel & Casino in Carlton; July 13 at Fortune Bay Resort Casino in Tower; and Oct. 23 at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino in Grand Portage. Subcommittees meet the day before each TEC meeting, except at Fortune Bay, when subcommittees and the TEC meet on the same day.
Not to be confused with the White Earth Tribal Council (officially called the Reservation Business Committee) the TEC is made up of the chair and secretary-treasurer of each of the six bands (including White Earth) that operate under the umbrella of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
Circle of Life Academy
The council also passed a resolution to join the Minnesota State High School League to participate in eligible Minnesota State High School League interscholastic activities “to enhance student experience at Circle of Life Academy and give additional opportunities for success for our youth,” according to a news release from the Tribal Council.
Another resolution was passed for the construction and gifting of custom Pendleton Letterman jackets to honor Circle of Life Academy students upon graduation.
A Tribal Public Utilities Commission will be established “to create and maintain a regulatory environment that ensures safe, adequate and efficient utility services for tribal members,” by enabling renewable energy independence on White Earth.
At the urging of the recently created Animal Welfare Commission, the Tribal Council passed a resolution to hire a dedicated animal control officer, “out of concern for the safety of community members and the welfare of animals within the White Earth Reservation,” according to the news release. The resolution also provides for proper housing for animals until they can be sent to other agencies for adoption.
White Earth Mobile Market
Access to healthy, traditional foods delivered to communities within the White Earth Reservation has gotten easier with the passing of a resolution granting the creation of a new website. The website will focus on online ordering to provide increased traditional food access in rural communities .
Blandin Broadband Community Partnership
The council passed a resolution to partner with the Blandin Foundation to provide funding for community projects to help promote the access and use of broadband for members across the reservation. Examples given in the presentation were Wi-Fi access to community members, libraries, community workforce, and schools.