Just like in “Survivor” the Tribal Council met tonight and in a few minutes after public comments agreed to send the budget on to voters. We will post video here tomorrow after CATV 6 has the video up on-air, probably by late afternoon tomorrow. 3

It’s official! The budget will go to referendum after the Board of Education agreed to send it on its merry way. Questions about annuities, the non-certified employees contracts not being settled, questions about the  new three year contracts of last year being torn up and new ones issued one year later be dammed. The Region One Board is full speed ahead with a budget that has questions for all administrators, but apparently, no answers to those questions.Image

                     The Tribal Council


  1. Marshall, I have to take umbrage at your comparing Region 1 Board of Education meetings to tribal council meetings. I’m familiar tribal council meetings and they are usually run in a highly n advanced democratic manner, especially among the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy nations, who created the first democracy on this continent when the Peacemaker came among them and taught them to lay down their arms and how to be democratic. In fact, the US Constitution is based in part on the Iroquois Great Law of Peace (you can google it). The councils usually have great lengthy discussions at which each speaker is allowed to speak without interruption and those who are not part of the discussion would never dream of inserting themselves into it. Decisions are usually arrived at through consensus after much discussion and efforts to persuade members to the point at issue. And consensus doesn’t necessarily mean everyone totally embraces the proposal but they agree that they can live with it. Councils don’t usually cannibalize their members or collaborate to gang up on one member that they subject to hours of public shaming in their council meetings. No, council meetings are usually pretty dignified affairs that are run in a respectful and civilized manner. — Gale Toensing

    PS If you ever wonder why the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 — the first flowering of the women’s movement in the U.S. — happened in the aboriginal territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians, check out where Elizabeth Cady Stanton came from and her relationship with Indian women in the area. Interestingly, to this day it’s the Haudenosaunee women who select the chiefs for life and can toss them out if they don’t do the right thing.

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