Thank you for your nominations for the annual awards.  However, there were no nominations for two categories.  There is still time to nominate for these awards:  Emanuel Richardson - Educator of the Year and Tillman Lynch - Volunteer of the Year.  The Nomination Form explaining the criteria can be picked up and returned to the Chief W. R. Richardson Tribal Government Complex from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   The deadline to return applications is Friday, December 18, 2017.


The banquet date is scheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2018 or alternate date of Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.



The comment period will begin December 15, 2017 and end January 15, 2018.  Written comments must be submitted at the Chief W. R. Richardson Tribal Government Complex for Council.






Section 6.1-Date and Time of Elections: The Annual Council Election of the Tribe shall be held on the second Saturday in June from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School Building or other places designated by the Tribal Council. The election results shall be posted at the Chief W. R. Richardson Tribal Government Complex and shall be included in the Tribal Newsletter.


Section 6.2-Candidate Nominations:   Nominations for positions of Tribal Chief, Vice-Chief, and Tribal Council seats will be held at the regularly scheduled Tribal meeting in May.


Section 6.3-Election Committee: The Election Committee shall conduct the election.  The Chairperson of the Tribal Council shall appoint a person to chair the Election Committee.


(a)     The Election Committee is responsible for posting notices of the upcoming



(b)  The Election Committee is responsible for distributing the nominee forms to

the nominees and certifying that the form is turned in with five (5) Tribal

members’ signatures to the Chief W. R. Richardson Tribal Government

Complex by 5:00 p.m. on the next Friday following the nominations. The

        completed form must be time-and-date stamped for proof of receipt,

        signed by receiver, and signed by the Election Committee Chairperson.

        Each nominee shall receive a copy of his/her completed Council

        Candidate Signature form, as proof of submission.  At the time of

        submission, the nominee acknowledges that he/she has accepted the

        nomination.  This formal act will place the nominee on the official ballot

        for the corresponding election. Nominees who do not complete and submit

        the required nominee form by the established deadline shall be declared as

having officially declined nomination for the upcoming election.  Nominee

forms will remain on file for thirty (30) days after the election.

(c)   The nominee shall have until June 1* (by 5PM EST) to formally

                   withdraw in writing and submit his/her withdrawal in person to the

                   Election Committee Chairperson**. The Election Committee

                   Chairperson shall sign and return a copy of the withdrawal

                   letter to the nominee *If June 1st falls on a weekend, the withdrawal

                   deadline shall be by 12 Noon on the following Monday. **If the

                   Election Committee Chairperson is unavailable at the deadline, the

                   alternate recipient shall be the Tribal Council Chairperson.  In the

       event the Election Committee Chairperson and alternate are unavailable

       at the deadline, the Vice Chairman, Chief or Vice Chief will be

       authorized to receive the written withdrawal.


(d)    (c) The Election Committee is responsible for printing the ballots. All

nominees who complete and return the Council-Candidate Signature

form, by the deadline, and nominees who do not formally withdraw

from the election process, by the June 1* deadline, shall be on the

ballot for the corresponding election. Once the official withdrawal

            date has passed and the official ballot is approved and signed 

            by the Election Committee Chairperson, there shall be no




(e)  (d) On the day of the Election, the Election Committee is responsible for having the election box and ballots in place and supervising the polls from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


 (f) (e) The Chairperson of the Election Committee is responsible for notifying the Chief, Vice-Chief and Tribal Council Chairperson of the results.


 (g) (f) The Chief, Vice-Chief or Council Chairperson is responsible for contacting all nominees with the election results within twenty-four (24) hours after the polls close.


(h) (g) Ballots will be kept thirty (30) days after the election in a locked container. Contents will be destroyed after the thirty (30) day period.


(i)     (h) There shall be nine (9) people to count the ballots; two (2) Tribal Council members, three (3) Election Committee members, and four (4) Tribal members.