Elder’s Council

On December 4, 2013, in Home, Public Notices, by Staff

The Tribal Council approved a charter for the formation of a Tribal Elder’s Council to address the concerns and govern the activities of our tribal elders.  On November 16th, 2013, Anna Mae Wright became the first president of the Elder’s Council. 

TRIBAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2013-05-18

TITLE: To Authorize the Formation of a Tribal Elder’s Council

WHEREAS, the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is a sovereign indigenous American Indian Nation headquartered in Bridgeton, New Jersey, governed by a nine member Tribal Council (Council) elected by the enrolled citizens of the Tribe, the Council of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation (Nation) is the governing body of the Tribe and is empowered to act in the interests and wellbeing of its citizens; and,

WHEREAS, the Council acknowledges the vital role played by the elders of our Nation in preserving cultural history and traditions, protecting the legacy of our tribal identity, and providing wisdom and guidance to the people of the Nation; and,

WHEREAS, our tribal tradition lifts the dignity of elders and promotes that they receive the honor due their years of experience and sacrifice for the good of the Nation; and,

WHEREAS, the Council affirms that tribal elders remain a vital part of the life of the Nation and an important resource for the continuance of the Nation; and,

WHEREAS, the elders have activities that are set aside for their enjoyment, support, and continued contribution to the life of the Nation; and,

WHEREAS, the specific and unique concerns of our elders are best addressed by tribal elders who are wise, prudent, willing and able to contribute to tribal unity, cohesiveness, and spiritual development; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council does hereby authorized the formation of a Tribal Elder’s Council, subordinate to the tribal government, and given the charge to provide coordination of activities and events for the tribal elders, and serve as a resource to address the concerns of tribal elders; and,

BE IT RESOLVED, that, at the Council’s discretion, the Tribal Elder’s Council is charged to work in cooperation with other tribal committees and organizations in order to promote and enhance the unity of the Nation and the furtherance of the culture; and,

BE IT RESOLVED, that, serving at the Council’s discretion, the officials of the Tribal Elder’s Council, which may include a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer from among the citizens of the Nation who are considered to be elders, may be elected by a vote of the elders at an elder’s event designated for such an election, or, as needed, may also be appointed by the Council; and,

BE IT RESOLVED, that, subject to the approval of the Council, the Tribal Elder’s Council may establish by-laws or rules of order to promote the efficient carrying out of their work; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That this shall be the policy of the Nation until changed by subsequent resolution of the Council.

 

 

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