Tribal Council voted to rescind the previously approved referendums, two through five. Referendums one and six remain on the ballot.
The following proposals will be on the ballot for the 2018 Special Election. The first is a change to the RAP Referendum, and the second is a change to the constitution. Please read more about them below and cast your ballot.
Proposal 1 to Amend the Gaming Revenue Allocation Plan
Under the Pokagon Band’s Gaming Revenue Allocation Plan (RAP), net gaming revenue from the Band’s gaming operation is, after certain payments, distributed to the Band’s tribal government account, the economic development account, and the per capita payment account. The term “gaming operation” is defined in the RAP as “…all gaming operations…within the exterior boundaries of the State of Michigan…”
Proposal 1 to amend the RAP would:
Amend the definition of the term “gaming operation” to include all of the Band’s gaming operations within the State of Indiana, and provide for net gaming revenue from any gaming operation of the Band within the State of Indiana to, after certain payments, be distributed to the Band’s tribal government account, the economic development account, and the per capita payment account.
Proposal to Amend the Constitution
Under the Constitution, to be eligible for citizenship with the Pokagon Band, a person who is eligible for citizenship must complete the enrollment process prior to age 21. An exception to this rule allows any person who was legally adopted by a non-Pokagon family to complete the enrollment process after turning age 21.
The proposed amendment to the Constitution would:
- Amend the exception by requiring a person to have been: (a) legally adopted by anyone, rather than a non-Pokagon family only; and (b) unaware, prior to turning age 21, that he or she was eligible for citizenship.
- Create an additional exception that would permit the biological children of a person who was legally adopted to complete the enrollment process after turning age 21, if the child was unaware, prior to turning age 21, that he or she was eligible for citizenship; and
- Add a limitation to the above exceptions that a person shall be deemed to have knowledge of his or her eligibility for citizenship, if he or she knew that his or her biological parent or grandparent is or was a citizen.