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KIC election rules
By Elroy C. Edenshaw, Jr.


January 20, 2006
Friday AM

This is my opinion and interpretation of the current KIC election rules.
I wanted the KIC membership to know that changing the nominaton procedures/ qualifications for candidates during and/or with the KIC election calendar in motion is a violation of state election rules and is unethical in practice. A KIC member might say, "What does that matter to us, we are a tribe and we make our own tribal laws and we don't have to follow state rules". That type of thinking or perception is short sighted to the current KIC election rules. In the current KIC election ordinance, state election laws are mandated by language. State law defines "pre-clears" as a critical function to a properly held election.
A review of election rules is an important function of government and to have a time frame for review and a process or policy for proposed election rule/rules changes is what KIC's election ordinance is lacking. With this language not in KIC's election ordinance, my opinion is that the door is kept open for conflict and future abuse of leadership to the election process at KIC.
I don't want to place blame or even contest the election because I respect our members voices. But also want to point out this simple fact that this is not the first time this has happenced at KIC. I am disappointed with those that ran on a platform of strong ethics and pointed fingers at others in past conflicts at KIC, and made promises of fairness and reform. Not only with this election but recent past elections. What I am saying is that these very same tribal council members have become what they said they feared the most. Leaders that are self-serving and ego driven and unwilling to admit a mistake. I think these tribal council members including Health Board members need to step back and really take an honest look and see if they are walking their talk. Remember this simple rule of perception, "Actions speak louder than words".
Elroy C. Edenshaw, Jr.
Ketchikan, AK - USA


About: Elroy C. Edenshaw, Jr. is a long time resident of Ketchikan, a veteran and a member of KIC.



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