• Traditional military societies provided security services including checkpoints to enforce an 8:00 pm curfew to the Tribe for six weeks on a voluntary basis; • The Tribal President and Tribal Council formally and traditionally requested such assistance, which the societies took as a call for action to implement traditional Cheyenne law; • Hence, the societies assert that they have implemented traditional Cheyenne law (verbal) while serving a citizen security force during the pandemic, though they agree that the security agreement has now expired; • The agreement (IRA constitution adopted in 1936 establishing the current form of tribal government) between traditional groups and that government has expired; • Within traditional rights, the societies are excusing the Tribal President and three Council seats held by womenfolk, them to be placed on administrative leave without pay, pending future developments; • Establishment of a society-driven Cultural Research Committee to include Tribal Members deemed fit to serve; • Otherwise, the letter provides general criticism of the Tribal Council’s ability to deal with the drug, alcohol and poverty endemic on the reservation, asserting that it is time for the societies to do a better job.
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