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Protesters say Tribal Council conducting business illegally

(BROWNING) – APPARENTLY THINGS ARE NOT TOTALLY CALM AND

QUIET ON THE BLACKFEET RESERVATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR A GROUP OF TRIBAL MEMBERS WHO HAVEBEEN PROTESTING THE RECENT ACTIONS OF THE BLACKFEET TRIBAL
BUSINESS COUNCIL SAYS THE BLACKFEET TRIBAL BUSINESS COUNCIL IS THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY OF THE BLACKFEET TRIBE BUT NATHAN DEROCHE SAYS THAT’S A 9-MEMBER COUNCIL WITH ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FROM SPECIFIC DISTRICTS.
THE CURRENT COUNCIL HAS AT MOST 5 MEMBERS AND 5 HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.   DEROCHE SAYS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING WHEN THE COUNCIL SUSPENDED JAY ST. GODDARD LAST SPRING, ST.
GODDARD HAD NOT AND STILL HASN’T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANY OFFICIAL VIOLATION, EVEN THOUGH THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION THAT HE CONDUCTED AN ILLEGAL MOOSE HUNT.

HE ALSO SAID THAT WHEN THE COUNCIL VOTED TO SUSPEND ST.
GODDARD ONLY 5 MEMBERS WERE PRESENT AND NOT THE REQUIRED 6
OR TWO-THIRDS.
DEROCHE SAYS PROTESTERS WILL BE GATHERING IN FRONT OF THE
TRIBAL OFFICES AGAIN TONIGHT (FRI.) AT 6 PM.

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