Northern Arapaho Tribal Members and General Council met Saturday to vote on multiple items

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    The Northern Arapaho Tribe shares the following:

    Ethete, WY – Northern Arapaho tribal members on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have forced a recall election for Chairman Lee Spoonhunter. The resolution was defeated by a vote of 204 opposed and just 38 in favor.


    “The people spoke. Our Tribe and our Ancestors are proud because this was tribal sovereignty in action,” Chairman Spoonhunter said following the meeting of the General Council, which includes all voting-age members and serves as the supreme governing body representing the Northern Arapaho Tribe. “We thank our community for showing up to stand up for our Tribe. Unfortunately, some of the Council didn’t like that, but this is a democracy and we respect the will of the people.”

    Additionally, the General Council voted unanimously to permanently ban the Tribe’s former law firm (Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd), former lobbyist (Mark Howell), and the former CEO of the Wind River Hotel & Casino (Jim Conrad) from working with the Tribe in the future. The resolutions were approved by votes of 180-0, 174-0 and 185-0, respectively.

    Lastly, the General Council soundly defeated a resolution that would have terminated the Tribe’s contract with its new legal counsel at the law firm of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton. The resolution fell by a vote of 196 opposed and 16 in favor.

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    Regarding the General Council’s actions, Councilman Stephen M. Fast Horse said: “Our Tribe is not divided, and we showed it in numbers. Our community stands behind the direction the Business Council has taken and reasserted our sovereignty as Arapahos.”


    Councilwoman Kimberly Harjo added: “We regained and exercised our sovereignty because it belongs to the Tribe, not just one or two people who claim to represent us. The actions taken by our membership show we are in charge and can govern ourselves. It is a strong stand against tyranny and oppression of the Arapaho People. Ho’hou to all our people.”

    Said Councilwoman Clarinda Calling Thunder: “It was good to see the people are supporting us and they understand change is necessary for a better future!”

    The General Council meeting affirms community support for the direction of tribal leaders, who’ve recently taken action to restore tribal sovereignty and reclaim control of tribal finances. Last month, the Northern Arapaho Business Council filed a lawsuit against the Tribe’s former law firm – Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd – due to its failure to return tribal records and other property, as well as its refusal to account for $827,000 paid to the firm in the last year alone. Many of the payments were made by former casino CEO Mr. Conrad without the knowledge or approval of the Business Council. The Business Council continues to investigate the actions and financial activities of the tribe’s former law firm, casino executive and lobbyist, Mr. Howell.


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