Get back to the fundamentals
By Randy Williams
January 07, 2007
Samuel Bergeron is absolutely correct in his statements concerning
Tribal Councils or Boards trying to manage the programs they
hire managers to run. When I was the Chairman of KIC we passed
a resolution that stated Tribal Council could not interfere with
the administration of KIC and we went so far to say that if you
were on the KIC Board you could not be an employee of KIC. How
could a manager manage a Board member? I ask could a General
Manager reprimand a board member and than lose your job, the
answer to that I think is obvious, there has to be a separation.
Some will say it is all right especially those who work at KIC
or want to work there but I can say that generally a KIC Board
member who is an employee will impose their position at some
time if not all the time on any administrator. It is difficult
enough to manage 100-200 people, run million dollar programs,
create jobs through grants and contracts and for the more progressive
Tribes create economic development without having to worry about
who you are making angry and possibly losing you job on a daily
Always, when the board or council interferes and insinuates themselves
in the daily operation of the management of their programs, I
have seen nothing but problems come from it. I am always an
interested observer of KIC because I feel I played a part in
it's development and it is sad to hear about all the strife and
turmoil that has been occurring these past few years.
Samuel Bergeron is not someone I know and to be quite honest
didn't care for a response he sent me a few years ago but now
I will say if he is true to his word, he is a leader that has
the right ideas and would make a good KIC Board member. This
is not an endorsement for his election (although, I would vote
for him) but an endorsement for his statements, all Tribes require
progressive leadership. I have had occasion to work for very
difficult Tribes in my career and all they needed was strong
leadership to realize they are the government and not the program
administrators, I think Sam has the right idea.
It is critical especially hearing about KIC's budget issues to
find an individual that can help lead the Tribe back to positive
self-governance and will be able to assist in the separation
of powers between the Government and their Administration.
The KIC Board in my opinion needs to get back to the fundamentals
of governing and let the administrators run their programs.
Every Tribe I have worked for has come to realize this and passed
non-interference resolutions and separated themselves from the
day to day management of programs. Those Tribes that haven't
taken this step, always wonder why the other Tribe s have so
much more and offer so much more to their people. It is quite
simple, those Tribes that let the professionals administer their
programs are the ones that advance.
Although I don't know you, good luck Samuel Bergeron you have
the right idea and I hope you are elected, I believe it is what
KIC needs, better and progressive leadership.
Received January 07, 2007 - Published January 07, 2006
About: "I have worked
for Tribes almost my entire career, I have owned or currently
own 4 business and been the General Manager for Muckleshoot,
Klamath Tribes in Washington worked for KIC as the Assistant
Director and Tlingit & Haida Central Council. I am also
the previous President of the Ketchikan Indian Corporation."
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