Acknowledgment of our tribal government and protection of our sovereignty is strengthened by the passing of laws and the adherence to those laws. The more our tribal people utilize the laws and policies established by the tribal government, the stronger our government becomes and the greater its capacity to assert tribal sovereignty.
The Standing Committees Act of 2011 formally re-established four government committees under the Constitution to now operate, by law, as arms of the tribal government. The committees included in this Act are the Committee on Tribal Citizenship, the Committee on Tribal Ceremonies, the Committee on Government Affairs and Relations, the Committee on Cultural Retention. The Act was amended to expand the number of voting members on the Committee on Tribal Citizenship from 7 to 10 citizens of the tribe. This was at the request of Chief Lewis Pierce, who believed that it would enable the work of the committee to be handled in a more efficient fashion. While each committee may be supported by volunteers, voting membership is by nomination by the Principal Chief of the Tribe and confirmation by the Tribal Council.
The Artists, Artisans, and Crafters Registration Act of 2012 allows for the voluntary listing of tribal crafters in a registry to be kept by the Committee on Cultural Retention. This is in an effort to ensure that tribal crafters may be contacted when opportunities are available for them to display or sell their work, and to ensure that we have an accurate listing of those over whom we extend protection for the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of the federal government.
The Organization and Business Formation and Registration Act of 2012 provides the means for businesses to form under tribal law or to register their previous formation with the tribe. It is to beginning of our tribal corporate code that acknowledges both tribally chartered entities, those businesses and organizations that are owned and operated by tribal people, and those businesses and organizations that may not be tribal but wish to be acknowledged by our tribal law. Business certificates are provided by Council vote. The Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes (ACET), which is a regional alliance of tribes along the eastern and southern seaboard of the continental United States, to which our Tribe and Confederation belong, is the first foreign organization (not part of our tribe) to form under this act.