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    death valley california jpg Mesquite Sand Dunes http timbisha com images stories dvdns jpg 20 Mule Team Canyon Surrounding Area http timbisha com images stories range jpg Death Valley Wildlife http timbisha com images stories wildlife jpg Reopening of the Visitors Center in Death Valley This was when the Visitors Center in Death Valley reopened to the public with the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe as a part of its exhibits http timbisha com images stories ReopeningofVisitorCenterDeathValley jpg Timbisha Baskets at Scotty s Castle http timbisha com images stories Timbisha Baskets JPG Tribal Council Meeting Monday March 21 st Bishop Office 4 00pm 621 West LIne Street Suite 109 Bishop Ca 93514 Home ATTENTION TIMBISHA SHOSHONE TRIBAL MEMBERS The Tribe is looking for anyone who can bead two crowns For a Miss Timbisha and a Little Miss Timbisha Anyone interested please contact the Tribal Office 760 872 3614 or email This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a bid Please be prepared to show us a sample of your work For the entry form and complete list of eligibilty and requirements for Miss Timbisha Little Miss Timbisha and Miss Tiny Tot Timbisha Please click Here Call For Artists Applications are being accepted f or Arts Crafts Vendors For the 1 st Annual Arts Crafts Show November 5 th 9 th 2015 Contact the Bishop Office 760 872 3614 The Enrollment committee now consists of the following members Georgia kennedy Elliott Margaret Spratt Glory Conner Read more Enrollment Committee Below are links to some of the historical documents from 1928 Some were from the 1930 s These documents are from the archives in Washington DC Not all of the people listed below are Timbisha tribal members but are from the area Read more Historical

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  • Constitution
    assignment or lease Section 6 Limited Power to Develop Natural Resources The Tribal Council shall not develop on a commercial or industrial basis any natural resources of the Tribe without the consent of the General Council either at a General Council meeting at which a quorum is present or by majority vote of the General Council in a special election conducted by the Election Board provided that a majority of the General Council participates in the election and provided that such actions are subject to applicable federal law Section 7 Principal of Construction Sections 5 6 and 7 of this Article shall not be construed to deny to the Tribal Council its governmental power and authority to regulate activities on tribal land for the Tribe s general welfare including but not limited to zoning the regulation of commercial ventures fishing hunting and other sports activities and for the purpose of promoting the health safety and welfare of tribal members and the conservation and protection of tribal resources ARTICLE VI Elections Section 1 An Election Board appointed by the Chairperson and approved by the Tribal Council shall supervise and administer all elections in accordance with the election ordinance enacted by the Tribal Council in accordance with this document The election ordinance shall provide procedures for Tribal Council elections and all special elections concerning initiatives referenda recalls amendments to this constitution and other matters set forth in this constitution The election ordinance shall provide procedures for the proper submission of petitions to the Election Board Notwithstanding any other provision of this constitution or a Tribal ordinance Secretarial elections and appeals of Secretarial elections shall be conducted in accordance with applicable federal law Section 2 Election Board members shall serve one year terms and may only be removed by majority vote of the General Council Immediate family members of members of the Tribal Council may not serve on the Election Board The Election Board shall not be subject to influence from the Tribal Council and the Election Board shall conduct its business in a manner which avoids any perception of influence from the Tribal Council Section 3 Members of the Tribal Council shall be chosen by secret ballot the form of which shall be established by the election ordinance enacted by the Tribal Council The Tribal Council shall also make provision in the election ordinance for absentee voting and reasonable qualifications for candidacy Section 4 All present officials shall continue to hold office until the members of the Tribal Council are seated from the first general election date following the adoption and approval of this document The first election of Tribal Council members and officers of the Tribe under this document shall be held on the first general election date following the effective date of this constitution All elections shall be conducted in accordance with this document and the election ordinance At the first Tribal Council election held pursuant to this document in November 2014 the three members receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to fill the vacancies which would have existed in 2014 under the former tribal constitution which was not approved by a Secretarial election and the members shall hold office for four 4 years Two 2 years later in November 2016 the second regular election pursuant to this document shall be held and the two members receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to fill the vacancies which would have existed in 2015 under the former tribal constitution and the members shall hold office for four 4 years Thereafter the candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall serve four 4 year terms of office The two Tribal Council members who were to serve until 2015 under the former tribal constitution shall serve until 2016 Section 5 a Any member of the General Council eighteen 18 years of age or older who desires that his or her name be placed on the ballot as a candidate for the Tribal Council shall file with the Tribal Secretary Treasurer a statement of intent stating his or her name and address b General elections to vote for Tribal Council members shall be held every other year on the second Tuesday of the month of November Notice of the general elections shall be posted by the Election Board at least twenty 20 days before each such election at the Tribe s business office the voting place and in three more additional public places In case the date of the general election should conflict with a holiday the election shall be held on the following work day c All newly elected officials shall assume their offices thirty 30 days after the election in which they were elected or upon the resolution of any appeal filed pursuant to Section 6 herein Current Tribal Council members shall continue in office until their successors are seated d A tie vote which effects who will be seated on the Tribal Council shall be decided only by holding a general election within thirty 30 days from the date of the previous general election that resulted in a tie Only those receiving the same number of votes shall be candidates in the subsequent election Section 6 a Any member of the General Council who voted in the election may file an appeal with the Election Board provided that such appeal must be received in writing by the Election Board within ten 10 days of the announcement of the results of the election The appeal shall set forth the basis for the appeal and any evidence supporting the appeal b The Election Board may decide the appeal on the basis of the record or may schedule a hearing to consider the evidence In any case the appeal shall be resolved no later than ten 10 days after the date the appeal is received by the Election Board c If the appealing member disputes the decision of the Election Board he she may file an appeal pursuant to the arbitration provisions of Article XIII of this constitution provided that the decision of the Election Board shall stand until the resolution of the arbitration Section 7 a After each Tribal Council election the Tribal Council members shall elect from among the five 5 members of the Tribal Council the following officer positions 1 Chairperson 2 Vice Chairperson and 3 Secretary Treasurer ARTICLE VII Duties of Officers Section 1 a The Chairperson shall have the following duties 1 To preside at all meetings of the Tribal and General Councils 2 To vote at Tribal and General Council meetings only when it is necessary to break a tie vote 3 Subject to the approval of the Tribal Council to appoint all non elected officials and employees of the Tribal government and direct them in their work subject only to applicable restrictions embodied in this document or in enactments of the Tribal Council establishing personnel policies or government personnel management 4 Subject to the approval of the Tribal Council to establish such boards committees or sub committees as the business of the Tribal Council may require and to serve as an ex officio member of all such committees and boards 5 Subject to the approval of all contracts by the Tribal Council to serve as a contracting officer or agent for the Tribe including the authority to retain legal counsel 6 Subject to such regulations and procedures as may be prescribed by statute enacted by the Tribal Council and subject to approval by the Tribal Council to grant pardons or restore Tribal members to eligibility for elective office in the Tribal government 7 Subject to the approval of the Tribal Council to appoint tribal law enforcement officials as are from time to time required to assure the administration and enforcement of tribal laws 8 The Chairperson shall hold no other Tribal office or engage in private remunerative employment which may pose a conflict of interest with the Tribe s enterprises or business activities during his or her term of office 9 To prepare and cause to be published at least five 5 days before the meetings an agenda for each General Council meeting The agenda shall include but not be limited to a A report by the Tribal Secretary Treasurer on the finances of the Tribal government during the quarter immediately preceding the meeting and b A list of all the laws enacted by the Tribal Council during the quarter immediately preceding the meeting with a short summary explaining each law During the meeting the Tribal Council Chairperson will ensure that this agenda including the financial report will be available for inspection by any member of the General Council upon request All items on the agenda will be considered by the General Council before considering new matters from the floor Section 2 The Vice Chairperson shall in the absence of the Chairperson perform all duties and assume all the responsibilities vested in the Chairperson The Vice Chairperson shall upon the request of the Chairperson assist in carrying out the duties of the Chairperson The Vice Chairperson shall perform such other duties as the Chairperson may direct Section 3 a The Secretary Treasurer shall call the roll handle all official correspondence of the Tribal Council keep the minutes of all regular and special meetings of the Tribal and General Councils and certify to the Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Central California Agency the duly elected officers of the Tribal Council within fifteen 15 days from the date of any election b Accept keep and safeguard all funds under the exclusive control of the Tribe by depositing them in a bank insured by an agency of the federal government or in a Tribal trust account with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as directed by the Tribal Council and shall keep or cause to be kept an accurate record of such funds and shall report on all receipts and expenditures and the amount and nature of all funds in his or her custody to the Tribal and General Councils at regular meetings and at such other times as requested by either Council The Secretary Treasurer shall not pay or otherwise disburse any funds in the custody of the Tribal Council except when properly authorized to do so by the Tribal Council c At such times as the Tribal Council or General Council may direct have the books and records of the Tribe audited by a competent independent auditor employed by the Tribal Council d Be present at all meetings of the Tribal and General Councils unless prevented by illness or circumstances beyond his or her control e Required to give a surety bond satisfactory to the Tribal Council if the Tribal Council so desires f Insure compliance with Tribal procedures for the execution and approval of checks and vouchers drawn on Tribal funds and g In the absence of the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson with the approval of the Tribal Council the Secretary Treasurer shall carry out the duties of the Chairperson Section 4 The Tribal Council may require all responsible tribal officials and employees to be bonded the person responsible for the cost of such bonding to be determined by the Tribal Council ARTICLE VIII Meetings Section 1 All meetings of the General or Tribal Councils shall be open to all tribal members except in those cases where the matter under discussion would invade the privacy of an individual tribal member or employee Section 2 All meetings of the Tribal Council shall be held in accordance with the following provisions a The Tribal Council shall meet at least once per month The Tribal Council may schedule additional regular meetings as necessary provided that it shall publish the schedule of all such meetings b A majority of the members of the Tribal Council shall constitute a quorum at all Tribal Council meetings No business shall be conducted in the absence of a quorum c Special meetings of the Tribal Council may be called by the Chairperson or by any three 3 members of the Tribal Council The notice in regard to any special meeting shall be given at least three 3 days prior to the meeting and shall specify the purpose of the meeting d Each member of the Tribal Council shall have one vote on all matters and all matters to be acted on at a Tribal Council meeting shall be approved or disapproved by a majority vote of those present and voting provided that the Chairperson shall only vote to break a tie Section 3 All meetings of the General Council shall be held in accordance with the following provisions a The annual General Council meeting shall be held on the last Saturday of October The Tribal Council may set more frequent meetings of the General Council as necessary provided it shall publish a schedule of all such meetings b Special meetings of the General Council may be called by the Tribal Chairperson or by any member of the General Council who submits a petition with ten 10 signatures of General Council members to the Election Board requesting a special meeting and setting forth the purpose of the meeting Upon receipt of a properly executed and submitted petition the Election Board shall notify the Tribal Council and notice the meeting The notice in regard to any special meeting shall be given at least three 3 days prior to the meeting and shall specify the purpose of the meeting c No business shall be transacted in the absence of a quorum A majority of the voting members of the General Council shall constitute a quorum at all General Council meetings The quorum may include members attending the meeting by electronic means provided each member is able to engage in two way communication with the members at the physical location of the meeting and provided the member is able to convey electronic votes through a secure and verifiable means ARTICLE IX Enactments Section 1 All final decisions on matters of general and permanent interest to members of the Tribe shall be embodied in ordinances such as an enrollment or an election ordinance Such enactments shall be available for inspection by members of the General Council during normal office hours Section 2 All final decisions on matters of short term or one time interest where a formal expression is needed shall be embodied in resolution Other decisions of a temporary nature or relating to particular individuals officials or committees shall be put in the form of motions and noted in the minutes and shall be available for inspection by members of the General Council during normal business hours Section 3 All ordinances and resolutions shall be dated and numbered and shall include a certification showing the presence of a quorum and the number of members voting for and against the proposed enactment ARTICLE X Vacancies Section 1 The Tribal Council shall declare a Tribal Council position vacant for any of the following reasons a When a Tribal Council member dies b When a Tribal Council member resigns c When a Tribal Council member is convicted of a crime while in office that is classified as a felony by either state or federal law and d When a Tribal Council member is recalled from office If less than twelve 12 months of vacant term remains the Tribal Council shall fill the vacancy by appointment of a General Council member who qualifies for candidacy for the vacant position If more than twelve 12 months remain in the vacant term a special election shall be held to fill the vacant position Such a special election shall be held within thirty 30 days after the Tribal Council declares the position vacant ARTICLE XI Suspension and Recall Section 1 Suspension a Any member of the Tribal Council may be suspended from office by the Tribal Council for any of the following reasons 1 Absence from regular Tribal or General Council meetings three 3 successive unexcused times or three 3 unexcused times in any twelve 12 month period 2 Conviction of a crime while in office involving the moral character of the Tribal Council member 3 Neglect of duty and 4 Misconduct in office b Any member of the General Council can request suspension of any Tribal Council member by submitting a written statement of charges to the Chairperson of the Tribal Council or in the case of a request for suspension of the Chairperson to the Vice Chairperson of the Tribal Council Such written statement must be received by the accused Council member no later than ten 10 days before the next regular Tribal Council meeting at which he or she is to appear c At the next regular Tribal Council meeting following the submission of such written statement the allegations and proof against the accused member of the Tribal Council shall be presented and the accused member shall be given an opportunity to reply to all charges d The Tribal Council shall decide on the suspension within ten 10 days of the hearing The Tribal Council member who is the subject of the suspension request shall not vote on the suspension nor serve in his or her capacity as a Tribal Council member in the suspension proceedings e The maximum length of time for a suspension of a Tribal Council member shall be ninety 90 days During the suspension the suspended Tribal Council member shall not be eligible for any stipends or other benefits of service on the Tribal Council If at the end of that time the suspended Tribal Council member has not been recalled by the General Council the Tribal Council member shall reassume his her position on the Tribal Council f If any officer Chairperson Vice Chairperson Secretary Treasurer engages in conduct which constitutes cause for suspension pursuant to Article XI Section 1 a herein whether or not such suspension is carried out by the Tribal Council the Tribal Council may determine that the officer

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  • Government
    the Tribal Council and the Tribal Judiciary No branch group or person charged with the exercise of powers properly belonging to one of these branches shall exercise any powers belonging to one of the other branches except as otherwise specified in this document Section 2 The governing body of the Tribe shall be the General Council The General Council shall consist of all tribal members sixteen 16 years of age or older All members of the General Council shall be able to vote at all General council meetings and all tribal elections referenda initiatives recalls and repeals Section 3 In addition to the General Council there shall be elected from the General Council a Tribal Council The Tribal Council shall be composed of five 5 persons elected by the General Council The Tribal Council shall exercise concurrently with the General Council all powers delegated to it by the General Council in Article V of this document and otherwise vested in the Tribal Council by this document Any member of the Tribe who is eighteen 18 years old or older shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Tribal Council provided that not more than one additional immediate family

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  • Tribal Council
    restrictions embodied in this document or in enactments of the Tribal Council establishing personnel policies or government personnel management 4 Subject to the approval of the Tribal Council to establish such boards committees or sub committees as the business of the Tribal Council may require and to serve as an ex officio member of all such committees and boards 5 Subject to the approval of all contracts by the Tribal Council to serve as a contracting officer or agent for the Tribe including the authority to retain legal counsel 6 Subject to such regulations and procedures as may be prescribed by statute enacted by the Tribal Council and subject to approval by the Tribal Council to grant pardons or restore Tribal members to eligibility for elective office in the Tribal government 7 Subject to the approval of the Tribal Council to appoint tribal law enforcement officials as are from time to time required to assure the administration and enforcement of tribal laws 8 The Chairperson shall hold no other Tribal office or engage in private remunerative employment which may pose a conflict of interest with the Tribe s enterprises or business activities during his or her term of office 9 To prepare and cause to be published at least five 5 days before the meetings an agenda for each General Council meeting The agenda shall include but not be limited to a A report by the Tribal Secretary Treasurer on the finances of the Tribal government during the quarter immediately preceding the meeting and b A list of all the laws enacted by the Tribal Council during the quarter immediately preceding the meeting with a short summary explaining each law During the meeting the Tribal Council Chairperson will ensure that this agenda including the financial report will be available for inspection by any member of the General Council upon request All items on the agenda will be considered by the General Council before considering new matters from the floor Section 2 The Vice Chairperson shall in the absence of the Chairperson perform all duties and assume all the responsibilities vested in the Chairperson The Vice Chairperson shall upon the request of the Chairperson assist in carrying out the duties of the Chairperson The Vice Chairperson shall perform such other duties as the Chairperson may direct Section 3 a The Secretary Treasurer shall call the roll handle all official correspondence of the Tribal Council keep the minutes of all regular and special meetings of the Tribal and General Councils and certify to the Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Central California Agency the duly elected officers of the Tribal Council within fifteen 15 days from the date of any election b Accept keep and safeguard all funds under the exclusive control of the Tribe by depositing them in a bank insured by an agency of the federal government or in a Tribal trust account with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as directed by the Tribal Council and shall keep or

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  • Enrollment Committiee
    All persons who are lineal descendants of any person designated in subsection a or b above and who possess at least one fourth 1 4 degree Indian blood of which one sixteenth 1 16 degree must be Shoshone blood and d All persons of Indian blood upon whom membership is conferred by adoption Section 2 A person who is officially enrolled with or is a recognized member of some other tribe or band shall not be enrolled Section 3 The official membership roll shall be prepared in accordance with an ordinance adopted by the Tribal Council Such ordinance shall contain provisions for enrollment procedures establishment of an Enrollment Committee application forms approval or disapproval of application rejection notices appeals corrections adoptions disenrollment procedures and provisions for keeping the roll on a current basis Section 4 No person shall be enrolled as an adopted member of the Tribe unless he she possesses at least one fourth 1 4 degree Indian blood and has been approved by a majority vote of the General Council Section 5 Any person who wishes to relinquish his her membership in the Tribe must submit a request for relinquishment in writing to the Enrollment Committee With the approval of the Tribal Council the Enrollment Committee may immediately remove the person from the Tribal roll upon receipt of the request or if applicable may approve the relinquishment but make removal from the Tribal roll conditional upon the receipt of evidence of the person s enrollment in another tribe Section 6 Upon a determination that a Tribal member was erroneously fraudulently or otherwise incorrectly enrolled and provided that the member has been afforded due process and equal protection of law the Tribal Council shall direct the Enrollment Committee to remove the member s name from the Tribal roll Section

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  • Election Committee
    approved by the Tribal Council shall supervise and administer all elections in accordance with the election ordinance enacted by the Tribal Council in accordance with this document within three months of the effective date of this document Section 3 After the first election held under this document Tribal Council members shall elect the following officers from the Tribal Council Chairperson Vice Chairperson and Secretary Treasurer The officers shall be elected

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  • Environmental Department
    structure that brings together the leaders of various agencies organizations to work collaboratively to coordinate the best response effort rather than each agency working independently At this particular UC meeting we discussed fireworks as Independence Day is right around the corner Please be safe and cautious with any firework use and make sure that you are using the fireworks properly and in an approved location Emergency Operations Plan The Environmental Department has been drafting the Tribe s first Emergency Operations Plan EOP This Plan will basically lay out everything we need to know should an emergency occur in the Death Valley Indian Village who does what where we can get resources what hazards to expect etc The introduction to the Tribe s Plan is almost complete once it is the Environmental Department will host another Emergency Planning meeting in Death Valley date TBD Hazard Vulnerability Analysis Before writing an EOP it is good to figure out what hazards we can expect and which hazards are more likely to occur than others To do this the Environmental Department is completing a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis HVA The HVA has a list of hazard scenarios that could occur ranging from an earthquake to a fire to a civil disturbance For each hazard we figure out the chance of that happening and the effects that would occur after that hazard loss of human life loss of property damage to property disruption of services etc On March 28 th the Environmental Department hosted a meeting in Death Valley to discuss the HVA that was created Only a few changes were made to better portray the hazards in Death Valley the HVA is now complete The Environmental Department was also planning on creating a Seasonal Hazard Calendar for the Village However because the hazards that occur in Death Valley occur throughout the year not necessarily seasonally we are no longer creating this Calendar If needed we will look into other formats for describing the various hazards National Park Service I met with the Emergency Planner for the National Park Service on March 20 th We discussed a few hazards the Park is vulnerable to as well as different ways to get people interested in emergency preparedness The Park Service will begin to have emergency planning meetings within the next few months and I will keep the website updated as those meetings progress V olcanic Crises Awareness Course One hazard that we are vulnerable to in Inyo County is a volcanic eruption The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center University of Hawaii is hosting a Volcanic Crises Awareness training course in Bishop July 23 24 If you are interested in attending participating contact Mikaela Griffiths for further information FUNDING Clean Air Act Grant Unfortunately the Tribe did not receive the Clean Air Act grant for next fiscal year EPA had fewer funds than tribes were requesting However because we do not currently have an Air Quality Program we are still able to use GAP grant funds to begin

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  • Water Quality
    transports those pollutants into ground and surface water Some examples of these pollutants are agricultural practices i e herbicides pesticides livestock grazing i e manure abandoned mines septic system malfunctions construction sites and various others Nonpoint Source Pollution is of such concern to environmentalists because 42 of the nation s waters are in poor biological condition and only 28 are in good condition we would like to see the percentage of good biological condition waters increase One solution to nonpoint source pollution is the watershed approach A watershed is an area of land in which all the water drains to a specific point The watershed approach is a great solution because it focuses on the waters as a whole not just one piece at a time addresses the larger picture In the watershed approach all individuals business and government groups would work together to help achieve the goal of water pollution control Using CWA S 319 funds the Timbisha Environmental Departments can prepare a map of the watershed investigate nonpoint source pollution contributors implement Best Management Practices BMP remove non native species from the streambank just north of the Timbisha Village clear out the streambank purchase and plant new native vegetation for the streambank and much more CWA S 319 funds help us control water pollution Nonpoint source pollution What is nonpoint source pollution NPS NPS pollution Polluted runoff occurs when rain fall Snowmelt or irrigation water runs over the land or threw the ground picks up pollutants and transports them to surface water or ground water Though the relevant impact from a few nonpoint pollution sources might be small the cumulative effect from many nonpoint degrade water quality Unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants nonpoint source pollution comes from many diffuse sources NPS pollution is caused by

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