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Eastern Shoshone Tribe votes on General Council roles; Ballot validity in question

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe yesterday held a Special Referendum Vote on a number issues related to procedures around the operations the General and Business Councils. According to data shared by the Tribe, 353 ballots were cast yesterday, with most of the votes giving more authority from the General Council to the Business Council. Question 1: "All matters presented to the Shoshone Business Council to be placed on the Shoshone General Council agenda shall be details and specific." 64.85% voted Yes. Question 2: "The Shoshone General Council shall not take any action concerning employees of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe or Eastern Shoshone Tribal Enterprises." 56.63% voted Yes, meaning employee issues can only be handled by policies and procedures, not the General Council. Question 3: "The Shoshone General Council shall only take action on general matters when a quorum of 150 enrolled tribal members has been established and a majority of members present have voted to approve such action. Future changes to this quorum for General Council may only occur pursuant to a referendum vote." 52.85% voted Yes. Question 4: "The Shoshone General Council shall only take action on matters regarding Tribal Enterprises when a quorum of 200 enrolled tribal members has been established and a majority of members present have voted to approve such action. Future changes to this quorum for General Council may only occur pursuant to a referendum vote." 54.22% voted No. However, now that the referendum votes have occurred, multiple tribal members are saying that the ballot was done illegally. They believe the General Council needed to approve the ballot before it was every put up for a referendum vote. The General Council is expected to address this issue at its next meeting, the date of which has yet to be set. The driving force behind this ballot was last month's removal of Shoshone Rose Casino CEO and CFO by the General Council. The Business Council was expected to push for a vote to declare the General Council's actions invalid during a meeting last Saturday. However, that meeting was cancelled two days before for "ceremonial / traditional preparations and activities." It is unclear at this time if that vote will come up in the next meeting. #county10 #news