Monthly Archives: January 2014

The need for a General Council.

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Technology gives us many places to vent our feelings or just share some random thought on emotionally driven issues. It is a great way to express ourselves but also adds a lot of confusion.

While reading comments on a popular social media sight there was some discussion about who has the moral and ethical obligation to protect ones self, in this case it is about the tribal member. 
Those we elect, in any organizational structure, should be held accountable if the organizational objectives are not met. In this case it is about application of rules and procedures. We know that there will be cases of unfair rulings, misapplication of rules and law, abuse of power and authority and many other negative side affects of the human influence on government, business and education institutions. These influences are beyond the control of a properly run organization.
When we consider that the people elected into any position of power and authority, are only a representation of the groups ideals and principles. If moral, ethical, manipulation of power and authority  are happening it is only because the whole is satisfied with the performance of the few.
We, as a group of resident individuals in this organization are the General Council (aka: The Community or Hannahville Indian Community) and if The Tribal Council, The Executive Branch of the Tribal Council, any elected boards, appointed Judges, Directors, Managers, Administrators, or any other body or position trusted to uphold our principles and values are not doing so, it may be because as a whole we agree with the way our organization operates.
We need to convene as a people more often to keep balance in the power and authority. We, as individuals, are not participatory enough in our processes, and trust others to develop these processes for us, a habit we as a group need to overcome with regular meetings to write proposals or organize ourselves to correct some of the unfairness and injustices occurring around the organizations we are responsible for as a community.
We must become more involved in our government, business and educational systems by attending open meetings and forums, where we can express ourselves and be heard. We also as a group should accept more responsibility as a whole community when processes are being taken advantage of by those we elect, employ and trust to maintain the integrity of those process.
There needs to be a greater interest from the voting population to implement the General Council to keep the balance in power. If we do not organize to regulate our government, our businesses, and our educational systems. There will be no real significant change and the tribal member will continue to be exploited by whomever they give authority and power.
In the end if there is high degree of unethical and immoral behavior, it is only because we cannot unite as one and keep people responsible, in positions of power and authority.