Removal of casino CEO could be ruled invalid; Vote to change rules set for Tuesday

This Saturday, the Eastern Shoshone Business Council is expected to rule that the removal of top Shoshone Rose Casino leadership last month was invalid. On June 11, the Eastern Shoshone General Council (a quorum of tribal members) voted to remove Casino CEO Bob Pokorney from his position pending and investigation into wrong-doing, as well as a complete termination of Casino CFO Deidre Bobbi McGray. The motions were made alleging that Pokorney failed to keep the people informed and that he failed to practice Indian preference in gaming laws. However, according to the agenda posted by the tribe on Facebook for Saturday's SBC meeting, the motions that were passed might have violated the tribe's gaming ordinance as well as resolutions requiring 10 days notice of agenda items and screening/approval of General Council items by the Business Council. And now, a special tribe-wide vote is scheduled for Tuesday that proposes changes to some of these rules that were allegedly violated. The tribe will vote on whether or not: -General Council agenda items must be approved by the SBC first in detail -Whether or not employee matter can be addressed by the General Council -Whether or not General Council generic items must have a quorum of 150 tribal members for a vote (currently it is set at 75) -Whether or not the General Council can only act on Tribal Enterprises with a quorum of 200 enrolled tribal members. Tuesday's polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The polling places are at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie and Big Wind Hall in Crowheart. Enrolled Eastern Shoshone members must be at least 18 years old to vote. An informational meeting about Tuesday vote is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight at Rocky Mountain Hall. *featured photo: Shoshone Rose Casino CEO Bob Pokorney at the construction of the new hotel.* #county10 #news