On Tuesday, March 23, Legislative hosted a Webcasting training for Band Assembly members, Revisor of Statutes, and Legislative Staff. Training was on Granicus Media Manager and Granicus Live Manager. Legislative hosted a Pre-Band Assembly meeting to discuss agenda items for the Wednesday meeting.
On Wednesday, March 24, Band Assembly occurred through conference call and Zoom. After approval of the agenda and the minutes from the March 15 and 17 meetings, Joseph S. Nayquonabe, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs, presented the Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures Shareholders Report in Executive Session.
Contracts for members to serve on the Aanjibimaadizing Ojibwemowin Strategic Committee remain tabled.
Band Assembly approved the following:
— Band Assembly Bill 19-03-31-21: A Bill amending Title 15 of the Mille Lacs Band Statutes (“MLBS”) for the purposes of clarifying and correcting Chapter 2. On October 2, 2006, the Chief Executive signed into law Ordinance 45-06, which added Chapter 2 (Department of Athletic Regulation) to Title 15 (Gaming Regulatory Act). On November 17, 2006, the Chief Executive signed into law Ordinance 05-07, which corrected the nomination and ratification language for Chapter 2 of Title 15. On May 2, 2007, the Chief Executive signed into law 23-07, which amended the language in multiple sections of Chapter 2 of Title 15. On February 22, 2011, the Chief Executive signed into law Ordinance 05-11, which amended the language in multiple sections of Chapter 2 of Title 15. On January 18, 2013, the Chief Executive signed into law Ordinance 16-13, which permitted the Department of Athletic Regulation to regulate professional boxing and mixed martial arts for another tribe or tribal entity in order to promote professionalism and safety in the sport within Indian country. In the midst of these amendments over the years, the correct language has not always been reflected in Band statutes, and this Bill is intended to cure those defects.
Sponsor: District I Representative. Bill was introduced and approved with a waiver of the formal reading.
— Band Assembly Bill 19-03-32-21: A Bill of Supplemental Appropriation for Administration, Department of Justice, Natural Resources, Education and Health & Human Services for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2021.
Sponsor: District II Representative. Bill was introduced, read and approved.
On Thursday, March 25, Legislative held a work session for the Band Assembly members, Legal Counsel, Revisor of Statutes, Staff Attorney, Legislative Staff, and Commissioner of Finance. On the agenda were the HEARTH act and General Welfare Exclusion Act.