For Immediate Release:
Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Elections and Recall Information & Resources
Fort Hall – The Fort Hall Business Council met with the Tribal Election Board on October 24, 2023 on the recall petitions that were submitted on Council members Gaylen Edmo and Sammy Matsaw Jr. The Business Council asked for a legal review from Tribal Attorney, Bill Bacon, to provide a recommendation to the Council so that next steps can be determined.
The Business Council recognizes the civil rights afforded to the tribal citizenry and wants to reassure all tribal members that no political retaliation will occur to registered voters who signed the petitions.
The Election Board has been working diligently to process the petitions, and the Business Council thanks the Board members for their hard work throughout this process. “We respect the authority of the Election Board, and we want to ensure that due diligence is occurring to ensure the Tribal Constitution and Ordinances are being properly interpreted and followed,” stated Chairman Lee Juan Tyler.
The Tribal Constitution and Bylaws, along with the Tribal Elections Act determine the process for elections and recalls. The Business Council encourages all Tribal members to become familiar with that process. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Law and Order Code is available online at the Municode website.
Links to the Tribal Elections and Recall sections have been provided below.
In addition, the below images provide additional information on:
1 – How to find the most recent version of the Elections Ordinance
2 – A letter from the BIA on their authority
3 – Relevant definitions in the Tribal Elections Act
4 – Recall duties of the Election Board and FHBC
5 – Article V of the Constitution & Bylaws
We realize this is a lot of information to share. If you would like a printed copy of this information you may pick up a copy from the Tribal Administration Office during regular business hours.