Tribal Meeting Minutes

2012 Meeting Minutes

Untitled Document Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
March 14, 2012
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw-Apache Tribal Council met on March 14, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the tribal office. The following members were present:

John Procell-absent Jake Rivers
Pam Cartinez Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Robert Caldwell
Susan Lee-Absent Tom Rivers
Joanne Sepeda Rebecca Samples

Vice-Chairman, Jake Rivers, called the meeting to order.

Virginia Malmay led the prayer and the pledge.

Ione Durr made motion to approve February minutes after clarification and Tom Rivers seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

The treasurer's report was given by Virginia Malmay. Joanne made motion to approve the treasurer's report Tom seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Ione reported that the Susan Komen Bass Tournament will be held on March 17, 2012 at the North Toledo Bend State Park. 75% of the proceeds will be prize money and 25% will be given to the Susan Komen Foundation.

The Anoli is still in progress.

Rebecca Samples reported that the Rising Sun Youth Group will have a food booth at the Bass Tournament.

Joanne made motion to apply for credit card at Market Basket in the amount of $500.00 credit limit and Tom seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Robert Caldwell asked permission to request all correspondence with BIA from 1976 until present and pay for costs out of federal recognition funds ($150.00). Ione seconded and all voted in favor.

Jake Rivers made motion to adjourn the meeting and Ione seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Next meeting will be April 15, 2012 at 6:00 and Federal Recognition meeting at 4:00.

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Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
February 12, 2012
4:00 p.m.

The Choctaw-Apache Tribal Council met on February 12, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the tribal office. The following members were present:

John Procell Jake Rivers
Pam Cartinez Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Robert Caldwell
Tom Rivers Joanne Sepeda
Rebecca Samples Susan Lee-Absent

Jake Rivers, vice chairman, called the meeting to order.

Jake led the prayer and pledge.

Ione Durr made a motion to approve the January minutes and Rebecca seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

The treasurer's report was given by Virginia Malmay. Joanne made motion to approve the treasurer's report and Tom Rivers seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Discussion on NCAI Membership was tabled and will be voted on later by phone.

Jake updated the council on CLIVIR board meeting that was held concerning the Leesville office being closed. He polled the council about the funds being used to rent a building for client services when office space became available or use funds for client services. The council voted all in favor for funds be used for client services instead of renting office space.

Grant committee was appointed: Pam Cartinez, chairman, Ione Durr, Colette Sepulvado, Scarlett Anderson, and Felicia Gandara. Meeting set for February 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Next federal recognition meeting is scheduled for March 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Powow meeting was scheduled for February 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Ione recognized Elvis and Linda Procell for donating a wreath in honor of breast cancer awareness.

Rebecca and the Rising Sun Youth Group sent Valentines to veterans for Valentine's Day.

Next council meeting scheduled for March 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

2011 Meeting Minutes

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
January 16, 2011
3:30 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on January 16, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Doug Laroux
Pat Ebarb Joanne Sepeda Joy Stewart

Absent: Susan Lee, Christopher Rivers & John Procell

Tribal Vice-Chairman Doug Laroux called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Ione Durr.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Pat Ebarb, the minutes from the November 8, 2010 meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. After some discussion the Treasurer's Report was approved on a motion by Pat Ebarb and a second by Joanne Sepeda.

Anthropologist Rebecca Riall from the Indiana University Department of Anthropology, addressed the Council. She is working on a project to describe the diversity of State recognized tribes, state policies, and special challenges faced by state-recognized tribes, using legal research and interviews with members and officials. She requested permission from the Council to stay in the area for three weeks and conduct interviews with Tribal members. Doug Laroux stated that the Council will want to look at what will be written about the Tribe before it is published. Ms. Riall agreed to this stipulation. Yvonne Busby made a motion that Riall be allowed to remain in the area for at least three weeks. Ione Durr seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Doug Laroux stated that the last two CLIVR Meetings had been cancelled so there was no CLIVR Report.

A report on the status of the Tribal Land was postponed.

Yvonne Busby reminded the Council that she wrote a letter to Larry EchoHawk at the Department of the Interior on October 11, 2010, concerning the process of submitting the Tribe's proposed Constitution to the members of the Tribe for approval. There has been no written response from Mr. EchoHawk, but a representative from his office called Yvonne in December. The representative reported that Mr. EchoHawk would not respond to our letter because we are not a Federally Recognized Tribe. She did say that she would consult with him about our letter and send a written response later.

In a further discussion about Federal Recognition, Doug Laroux reported that the Tribe needs to address the subject of Blood Quantum. The Blood Quantum will be changed from 1/16th to 1/64th so that the Constitution and the Corporate Papers will have the same number. The Tribe will need to pass a resolution to amend the Corporate Papers. He also noted that the 1930 Census might be used as our "baseline" for Blood Quantum.

Doug also recommended a letter be written to the Office of Federal Acknowledgement to update our information with their office. Durr suggested that letters be written to President Obama concerning Federal Recognition for the Tribe.

Joanne Sepeda reported that the Powwow Committee is working on the upcoming Powow. It will be held on May 6th and 7th this year at Zwolle High School. A Powwow Committee meeting has been set for Monday evening at 5:00 p.m., followed by a Federal Recognition meeting at 6:00 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 14, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

On a motion by Pat Ebarb, with a second by Ione Durr, the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
February 14, 2011
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on February 14, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Doug Laroux
Pat Ebarb Joanne Sepeda
Joy Stewart Susan Lee
John Procell

Absent: Christopher Rivers

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Joanne Sepeda.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Pat Ebarb, the minutes from the January 16, 2011 meeting were approved.

Mr. Vernon Love addressed the Council, asking them to consider organizing a Powow in Shreveport for the weekend of November 11, 2011. After much discussion, Mr. Love was informed that the Council is in the process of organizing the annual Choctaw-Apache Powwow and that his proposal would be taken under consideration. However, the Council did commit to participating in the September 11th blessing ceremony. Mr. Love was asked to meet with the Powwow Committee on February 25th at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the matter further.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. She suggested that the Council should close the Gaming Account and move the $13.92 that is presently in the account to another account. On a motion by Joanne Sepeda, with a second by Ione Durr this motion was passed by the Council. After some discussion the Treasurer's Report was approved on a motion by Susan Lee and a second by Joanne Sepeda.

Doug Laroux stated that the last two CLIVR Meetings had been cancelled so there was no CLIVR Report. The next CLIVR Meeting was scheduled for Thursday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in Leesville. Joy Stewart agreed to attend the meeting as Pat Ebarb and Joanne Sepeda both had commitments.

Johnny reported that SRA plans to cut the timber on the Tribal Land in March.

Robert Caldwell addressed the Council about publicly presenting his thesis research at the Tribal Office and inviting people to come and participate by bringing Native American foods. It was suggested that St. Ann's hall might be available for that purpose. The date was set for Sunday, March 6, 20ll at 1:00 p.m.

Robert also presented a power point on Federal Acknowledgement. He pointed out several things which the Tribe should begin working on.

Rhonda Gauthier noted that she and Robert are working on getting a basic research grant and they should know more by May. A brief discussion followed about the possibility of obtaining another ANA Grant in the future.

A discussion followed about some problems concerning the Rising Sun Youth Group. As Susan Lee had left by this point, it was decided that she should be called to discuss the problem in Executive Session.

Joanne Sepeda gave a brief report on the Powwow. The Fiesta Grounds have been offered for the Powwow. It would cost the Tribe $300.00 for electricity. Education Day will be held on Friday at Zwolle High School and the Saturday part of the Powwow will be held at the Fiesta Grounds.

It was noted that a History of Powwows in Louisiana will be presented on February 26th at Keyser Hall on the NSU Campus at 3:00 p.m.

The next Federal Recognition meeting is scheduled for February 28th at 6:00 p.m.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 14, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting

March 14, 2011
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on March 14, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr John Procell
Pat Ebarb Joanne Sepeda
Joy Stewart Susan Lee

Absent: Christopher Rivers
Doug Laroux

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Susan Lee.

On a motion by Pat Ebarb, with a second by Joanne Sepeda, the minutes from the February 14, 2011 meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. After a brief discussion the Treasurer's Report was approved on a motion by Pat Ebarb and a second by Ione Durr.

Susan Lee gave a report on the Rising Sun Youth Group. Every Council Member was given a copy of the group's bank statement. She stated that they have plans to attend the LSU Powwow. They also will participate in activities at Hodges Gardens. They have a cake sale planned for April 2, 2011 and the Elders' Festival is planned for July. They have also rented their own mail box. The Council had several questions and issues about the group's activities and a lengthy discussion followed.

Amelia Bison gave a CLIVR report. Each Council member was given a copy of the financial statement. She reported that Mandy Vinson is currently working on the new grant.

Yvonne Busby reported that she had been contacted by a representative of SRA. They need a plat outlining how much timber should be cut from the thirty acres that the Tribe has leased from SRA and where the planned structures will be located on this acreage. They also need a letter outlining what structures are planned for the property.

Becca Real gave a brief report on the ANA Pre-Grant Training Workshop that she and several others attended. She volunteered to work on writing a grant and on a motion by Ione Durr with a second by Joanne Sepeda, the Council voted to allow her to do this.
Joanne Sepeda gave a brief report on the Powwow. She noted that everything is in place at this time except the MC and they are working on that.

Yvonne Busby noted that there are errors in the history section of the Tribe's website. She also noted that the proposed constitution is still not on the website and that as we no longer have Project Venture, information about Project Venture should be removed from the website.

On a motion by Susan Lee, with a second by Ione Durr, the Council voted to allow Jake Rivers to start a Drum Group of students who will take drum lessons.

Jake Rivers also volunteered to handle the Tribal Easter Egg Hunt.

Ione Durr stated that the Tribe has received a Susan G. Coman Grant in the amount of $5,000.00. It is an educational grant which will entail holding a Susan G. Coman Walk, a brunch with a breast Cancer survivor as a speaker and a fishing tournament. This money should be here on March 31, 2011. She also noted that the Hog Wild group has donated a check in the amount of $5,000.00 to be used to clear the land which has been leased from SRA. She also had another donation in the amount of $200.00 for this purpose. This money will be placed in the Tobacco Fund for the present.

Jake Rivers volunteered to head a Culture Committee. He plans to ask several of our elders who have been around Powwows and other tribal ceremonies to work with him on this committee.

The next Federal Recognition meeting is scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 p.m.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

On a motion by Ione Durr with a second by Joanne Sepeda, the meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Yvonne S. Busby, John Procell Secretary Chairman

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Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
May 9, 2011
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on May 9, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
John Procell Doug Laroux
Pat Ebarb Joanne Sepeda
Joy Stewart

Absent: Christopher Rivers
Ione Durr
Susan Lee

Tribal Chairman, John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was led by Yvonne Busby.

On a motion by Joanne Sepeda with a second by Joy Stewart, the minutes from the
April 11, 2011, meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. She noted that she will have a full report on the Powwow finances at the next meeting. After a brief discussion the Treasurer's Report was approved on a motion by Joy Stewart and a second by Pat Ebarb.

Jake Rivers reported that the Choctaw-Apache Facebook page has been turned over to Robert Caldwell. Robert was not present at the meeting so the Council agreed to discuss this issue further when Robert was present.

Johnny noted that we are waiting for the timber to be cut from the Tribal land. He feels that SRA is waiting for the price of timber to rise.

Joanne Sepeda stated that a full Powwow report will be given at the next meeting.

Jessica Longoria gave a brief report on the Rising Sun Youth Group. A copy of her report is attached to these minutes. Virginia noted that the Cowpaddy Fundraiser which the Rising Sun Youth Group plans to hold needs to be voted on by the Tribal Council.

Jake Rivers reported that he has begun raising money for drum lessons and supplies. He has raffled off a knife and raised approximately $350.00 so far.

The next Federal Recognition meeting is scheduled for May 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

The Council will canvass the votes for the Constitutional Election after today's meeting is adjourned. The vote tabulation will be presented at the June 13, 2011 Council Meeting and reflected in the minutes of that meeting. The results will be posted immediately on the Tribal web site.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Minutes for June 13 and July 11 meetings are not available electronically. They are available for viewing at the office and are available upon request from the secretary.

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Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
August 28, 2011
4:15 p.m.

The Choctaw-Apache Tribal Council met on August 28, 2011, at 4:15 p.m. at The VFW Hall. The following members were present:

John Procell Jake Rivers
Pam Cartinez Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Robert Caldwell
Susan Lee Tom Rivers
Joanne Sepeda Rebecca Samples

Tribal Chairman, John Procell, called the meeting to order.

Joanne Sepeda led the invocation.

Vernon Love discussed the 9/11 activities that is to be held in Shreveport and the tribe's participation. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon on September 11, 2011 at 5544 Greenwood Road. A ceremony will be held
on September 6, 2011 to declare Choctaw-Apache of Ebarb Day by the
mayor of Shreveport.

The minutes from the July meeting needs a correction due to the fact that the constitution was not adopted only the votes on the constitution was certified. On a motion by Joanne Sepeda to correct the July minutes and second by Susan Lee, all voted in favor except Virginia Malmay.

The treasurer's report was given by Virginia Malmay. After a discussion on future reports a motion to approve the report was by Ione Durr and second by Robert Caldwell. All voted in favor.

The election results were as follows:
Chairman- John Procell 718
Tommy Bolton 63
Doug Laroux 182
Vice-Chairman- Jake Rivers 620
Pat Ebarb 338
Treasurer- Virginia Malmy 510
Kenneth Garcie 445
Council-Robert Caldwell 611
Ione Durr 799
Reggie Ezernack 500
Rhonda Gauthier 516
Susan Lee 560
Terry Leone 294
Andy Martinez 251
Tessie Meshell 324
Tom Rivers 521
Rebecca Meshell 546
Joanne Sepeda 681

These results were verified by Betty Rivers, Connie Henderson, Bernice Ebarb, and Yvonne Busby. Council agreed to send a thank you letter to Betty Rivers, Connie Henderson, Bernice Ebarb, Yvonne Busby, Christin Leone and Amelia Bison for helping with the election.
Ione Durr made the motion to accept the results and Susan Lee seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

CLIVR Report was given by Amelia Bison. Awaiting new funding for the program. Should receive verification by middle of September. Tuition for students and self-employed money is on hold until funding is granted. Two board members, Doug Laroux and Pat Ebarb resigned from the board. Susan Lee made motion to appoint Reggie Ezernack and Joanne Sepeda, which was an alternate, replace these members and appoint Jessice Longoria as alternate. Tom Rivers seconded the motion. All voted in favor.
Ione Durr made the motion to appoint John Procell and Joanne Sepeda to sign checks for CLIVR program. Tom Rivers seconded the motion. All voted in favor. Ione Durr made a motion for members of the CLIVR program to be the same for the ITCCLA program. Susan Lee seconded the motion. All voted in favor except Robert Caldwell.

Enrollment was discussed on how to make improvements. Joanne Sepeda, Pam Cartinez, and Virgina Malmay were appointed to the enrollment committee. Ione Durr made motion. Rebecca Meshell seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

John Procell discussed plans for the land that was leased from the SRA.

Joanne Sepeda gave the Pow Wow report. New members were appointed to the committee were as follows: Reggie Ezernack, Jake Rivers, John Procell, Amelia Bison, Kim Ezernack, Virginia Malmay, Jerry Cartinez, and Pam Cartinez. Tom Rivers made the motion. Susan Lee seconded the motion. All voted in favor. Next Pow Wow meeting will be held Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the tribal office.

Federal Recognition was discussed. Robert Caldwell suggested to have meetings before council meetings and subcommittees need to be appointed.
Robert Caldwell was appointed as chairman of the federal recognition committee. Ione Durr made the motion and Joanne Sepeda seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Susan Lee gave the report of the Rising Sun Youth Group. John Procell informed the council that the trailer was not for sale. It is to be used for the tribe. Internet for the group was also discussed.

Keys, emails, and passwords were also discussed. Post office keys are to be given to Pam Cartinez and Virginia Malmay. Pam Cartinez is also to be given password to email and computer. Ione Durr made motion and Rebecca Meshell seconded. All voted in favor.

Amber Procell Sepulvado addressed the group about being in kind coordinator for the tribe and asked to be put on the next meeting's agenda.

Next meeting will be September 18, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Ione Durr made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Joanne Sepeda seconded the motion. Meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

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Pam Cartinez, Secretary John Procell, Chief

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Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
September 18, 2011
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw-Apache Tribal Council met on Septemer 18, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the tribal office. The following members were present:

John Procell Jake Rivers
Pam Cartinez Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Robert Caldwell
Susan Lee Tom Rivers
Joanne Sepeda Rebecca Samples

Tribal Chairman, John Procell, called the meeting to order.

Virginia Malmay led the invocation.

Jake Rivers made motion to approve August minutes and Ione Durr seconded the motion. All were in favor.

The treasurer's report was given by Virginia Malmay. Ione made motion to approve the treasurer's report except Special Events Account and Jake seconded the motion. All were in favor. A motion made by Ione and seconded by Jake to renew the membership of $50.00 for the Sabine Chamber of Commerce. All were in favor.

A committee for the Anoli was appointed. The committee will consist of Ione Durr, Collette Sepulvado, Christin Leone, Tessie Meshell, and Rebecca Samples. Jake made motion and Joanne seconded the motion to approve the committee. All were in favor.

Amelia Bison gave the report on CLIVR. Awaiting on grant approval. If approved the next meeting will be October 16, 2011. Amelia also reported that 125 people participated in the Walk for Breast Cancer which was held on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Ione made the motion and Joanne seconded the motion to accept the report. All were in favor.

Enrollment was discussed by committee. Enrollment is going good and getting applications up to date.

John Procell discussed plans for the land that was leased from the SRA. Still waiting on OK to get timber cut. John Procell, Reggie Ezernack, Tessie Meshell, Amelia Bison, Tom Rivers and Jake Rivers will serve on the land committee. Ione made motion and Jake seconded the motion to accept this committee. All were in favor.

Joanne Sepeda gave the Pow Wow report. Jake made motion and Ione seconded the motion to change the date of the PowWow to April 20-21, 2012. All were in favor. Tessie Meshell, Nancy Sanchez, Wanda Larue, and Charles Laroux was added to the Pow Wow committee. Next Pow Wow meeting will be held September 28, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

Federal Recognition was discussed. Documents are needed for Federal Recognition. Change of tribal council needs to be sent to BIA also Secretary of State needs amendment change of blood quantum from 1/16 to 1/64.

Susan Lee resigned as coordinator of the Rising Sun Youth Group and Kayla Longoria resigned as president of the Rising Sun Youth Group. A motion made by Ione and seconded by Jake to appoint Rebecca Samples as acting coordinator of the group. All were in favor.

Next meeting will be October 9, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Ione Durr made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Rebecca Samples seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

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Pam Cartinez, Secretary John Procell, Chief

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Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
October 9, 2011
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw-Apache Tribal Council met on October 9, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the tribal office. The following members were present:

John Procell-Absent Jake Rivers
Pam Cartinez Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Robert Caldwell
Susan Lee Tom Rivers
Joanne Sepeda Rebecca Samples

Vice Chairman, Jake Rivers, called the meeting to order.

Susan Lee led the invocation.

Joanne Sepeda made motion to approve August minutes and Susan Lee seconded the motion. All were in favor.

The treasurer's report was given by Virginia Malmay. Susan made motion to approve the treasurer's report Ione seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Donald Garcie, School Board Member from Ebarb School was present to discuss the Indian Education Grant.

Robert discussed the NCAI membership. The dues are $40.00 a year for anyone interested in joining the organization.

Robert suggested a long meeting to discuss a plan for the tribe's goal.

Anoli committee reported that the goal for sending out Anoli is second week in November.

Amelia Bison was glad to report that the ITCCLA progam had been funded for 5 years. Ione made the motion to appoint Jake as an alternate on the committee and Tom seconded the motion. All were in favor.

Enrollment was discussed by committee. Jake asked for a list of membership and suggested to add email address and remove social security request from enrollment application.

Joanne Sepeda gave the Pow Wow report. Virginia made motion and Robert seconded the motion to change the date of the PowWow back to the first weekend in May. All were in favor. Next PowWow meeting will be October 12, 2012.

Federal Recognition was discussed. Documents are needed for Federal Recognition. Documents are still needed for the 20th century. Tom made the motion to change blood quantum from 1/16 to 1 /64 and Susan seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Susan made motion and Ione seconded the motion to order a new flag. The flag would cost approximately $150.00 and would be paid from the PowWow fund.

Rebecca gave report on the Rising Sun Youth Group. New members are needed for the group ages 5-19. The Special Events Committee will serve breakfast to all veterans on November 11 which is Veteran's Day. An invitation will be sent to all veterans.

Ione reported that the door of the tribal office was decorated with a pink ribbon by Manda Rivers in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness for the month October. Also a luncheon will be held for breast cancer survivors during the month of October. October is declared Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is funded through the Susan Komen Grant.

Next meeting will be November 13, at 4:00 p.m.

Ione Durr made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Joanne Sepeda seconded the motion. All were in favor. Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

2010 Meeting Minutes

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
January 5, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on January 5, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr John Procell
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux Joanne Sepeda Joy Stewart
Christopher Rivers
Absent: Susan Lee

Tribal-Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Doug Laroux.

Victoria Remedies presented John Procell with a plaque from Census 2010 proclaiming him as an official Census Partner.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Pat Ebarb, the minutes from the November 2009 meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. She noted that the Tribe has received a $5,000.00 grant from Weyerhauser to be used for federal recognition. This will be put into the Tribe's ANA Grant Account. A brief discussion followed about offices expenses. Doug noted that this topic will be discussed at the next CLIVR Board meeting and a decision will be made as to which office bills CLIVR will pay. After more discussion the Treasurer's Report was approved on a motion by Chris Rivers and a second by Joanne Sepeda.

Doug noted that he is concerned about the Intertribal Association of Louisiana. He stated that the Council has no control over this organization and he is concerned that another organization will use it to get a grant. He suggested that we "get rid of it".

Jake Rivers reported on Project Venture activities. He noted that the group will meet every other Thursday at Ebarb High School and every other Friday at Zwolle High School. He also reported that Weyerhauser is going to give Project Venture $5,000.00 to be used for the purchase of regalia for Project Venture members. Doug pointed out that all money must come to the Tribe. Jake stated that when the grant money comes he will bring it to the Council. He stated that he wants the money to be used fairly.

Ione reported that the Hog Wild Motorcycle Group from Sabine Parish and the Leesville Black Hawk Motorcycle Group collected toys and brought them to the Tribal Office to be distributed. CLIVR bought wrapping paper and 327 kids received toys on the Wednesday before Christmas.

John Procell reported that he had spoken to Jim Pratt and written a letter to SRA about leasing 30 acres of land for 99 years from SRA.

Joy Stewart reported that the Children's Powwow at Ebarb High School went very well.

Joanne Sepeda reported that the Tribe's annual Powwow is scheduled for April 30th through May 1st, 2010.

Jake told the group that the T-Shirt and Cap Machine has been moved to the storage building beside the Tribal Office. The building will need to be wired to run this machine.

Ione passed out a list of grants that Shirley Rivers has applied for. She was unable to apply for any federal grants. The Council will need to decide if they want to continue her services next year.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
February 22, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on February 22, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr John Procell
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux Joanne Sepeda Joy Stewart

Absent: Susan Lee
Christopher Rivers

Tribal-Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Doug Laroux.

Jake Rivers informed the Council that his Project Venture group has done more service projects than any other group in the state. He gave a list of projects and classes that his group has participated in.

Jake also told the group that he had spoken to Kevin Billiot about our tribe's role on the Intertribal Council of Louisiana and that, according to Mr. Billiot, we have no voice on this Council. We do have some input on the Institute for Indian Development. If we want to work with the Intertribal Council we need to apply for membership. On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Joanne Sepeda, the Council voted to contact Mr. Billiot asking for information about membership in the Intertribal Council of Louisiana.

Amanda Vinson reported to the Council on the status of the CLIVR Program. She stated that the large client load is causing a funding problem for the program and she recommended that CLIVR only pay the office water bill and the butane bill. She gave each Council member a copy of a newspaper article from the Leesville Daily Leader concerning a former CLIVR client who was convicted of making false statements in order to obtain federal employees' compensation benefits. Yvonne Busby expressed concern about the Council's lack of knowledge of CLIVR affairs. Doug stated that the CLIVR Board needs to meet to make some decisions. Pat Ebarb asked to see an inventory of CLIVR equipment.

Angela Sepulvado and Tessie Remedies addressed the Council about becoming more involved in the Rising Sun Youth Group. They want to start a group for members as young as age five. The Council encouraged them in this endeavor.

On a motion by Ione with a second by Pat, the minutes were accepted as read.

On a motion by Joanne with a second by Joy, the Treasurer's Report was accepted.

A special meeting to discuss the topic of Federal Recognition was set for Monday, March 1st, at 6:00 p.m.

Joanne Sepeda gave a report on the plans being made for the upcoming powwow.

Ione Durr asked the Council if they wished to continue to use the services of Shirley Rivers as a grant writer. The Council asked to have her contract re-written and this will be reviewed at a later meeting.

Ione also had several fund raising ideas to present to the Council, including a Bass Tournament for the Tribe. These ideas will be discussed as more information becomes available.

Ione asked the group to consider the possibility of have a Choctaw Language Class in our schools. This matter will be brought before the Indian Education group.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 8, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
March 15, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on March 15, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr John Procell
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux Joanne Sepeda Joy Stewart
Christopher Rivers
Absent: Susan Lee

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Ione Durr.

Ione Durr made one correction to the minutes. The minutes were changed from
“The Council voted to apply for membership in the Intertribal Council of Louisiana…” to read “The Council voted to contact Mr. Billiot asking for information about membership in the Intertribal Council of Louisiana.”
On a motion by Ione, with a second by Pat the corrected minutes were approved by the Council.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Virginia Malmay. After some discussion the Treasurer’s Report was approved on a motion by Joanne Sepeda, with a second by Chris Rivers.

Mandi Vinson gave the CLIVR Report. She passed out “In-Kind Forms” for the Council to fill out. Minutes from the March 5, 2010 CLIVR Board Meeting were given to CLIVR Board members Pat Ebarb and Doug Laroux and they were informed that the next CLIVR Board Meeting will be held on June 11th, at 10:00 a.m. in Leesville. When questioned about this, Ms. Vinson stated that the CLIVR Board had decided that all CLIVR meetings will be held in Leesville. Ms. Vinson then announced that she had terminated Brandy Ezernack’s employment that morning because of alleged discrepancies in both her mileage report and her time sheet. Doug Laroux questioned the procedure used in this termination and stated that he was concerned that the proper procedure for this had not been followed. At this point, Tribal Chairman John Procell walked out of the meeting. Pat Ebarb stated that he also disapproved of the procedure used to terminate this employee and that he wanted his disapproval noted in the minutes. Joy Stewart and Yvonne Busby voiced their concerns about the procedure used in this termination and the fact that it was done without the knowledge of all members of the Tribal Council. Stewart called for an audit of CLIVR. She also asked how many clients are being served by CLIVR at this point. Ms. Vinson stated that there are 94 clients, with 41 of those being new applications. She also stated that she had placed an ad in the paper for a new CLIVR secretary.

Jake Rivers asked the Council to consider re-writing the CLIVR grant placing it under the jurisdiction of the Intertribal Council of Central Louisiana.

The Council will meet again on March 22nd at 6:00 p.m. to discuss federal recognition.

Ione gave the group another copy of a contract to keep Shirley Rivers working as a grant writer for the Tribe. The Council asked that the contract be re-worded and presented at the next meeting. Ione also presented a check in the amount of $2500.00. This check was from an Encana Grant to be used for federal recognition. Doug asked to see a copy of the actual grant to see if the grant writer can be paid from the grant itself or if the Tribe will be responsible for her fee.

Jake Rivers reported that his Project Venture group will represent the tribe at Hodges Gardens on Saturday, March 20th.

Joanne Sepeda reported that the Powwow Committee has met and that plans are coming together for the May Powwow.

Yvonne Busby noted that it is time to begin working on another Anoli. Joanne Sepeda stated that we need to update our membership address database.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
April 12, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on April 12, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr John Procell
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux Joanne Sepeda Joy Stewart
Christopher Rivers Susan Lee

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Joanne Sepeda.

On a motion by Pat, with a second by Joy the minutes were approved by the Council.

Anna Meshell and Angela Sepulvado addressed the group about including children as young as age five in the Tribe's youth groups. Susan Lee reported that the Rising Sun Youth Group can include children from age five to nineteen years. The Unity Group, within the Rising Sun Youth Group, includes ages fourteen through nineteen. On a motion by Virginia, with a second by Joanne, Angela and Anna were approved as Rising Sun Youth Group Coordinators for the younger children in the group.

Jake Rivers reported that he and the Project Venture group would like to start an Elders Festival. He suggested that the Tribe open a new bank account called the Choctaw-Apache Events and Activities Account. This account would be used to fund the Elders Festival, the annual Easter Egg Hunt and possibly a Youth Fishing Tournament. On a motion by Ione, with a second by Pat, the Council voted to open this account.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. After some discussion the Treasurer's Report was approved on a motion by Susan, with a second by Chris.

There was no financial report for CLIVR this month. Virginia noted that a letter needs to be written to the Sabine State Bank instructing them to send all future CLIVR bank statements to the Tribe's Post Office Box 1428 address--not the CLIVR post office box.
She stated that the address had been changed and that the CLIVR Account had been "frozen" last week because of this "mix up". Jake stated that the CLIVR Board voted to send the bank statements to the Tribal post office box. He presented a written resolution concerning this matter to the Council. On a motion by Ione, with a second by Pat, the Council adopted the following resolution:

Whereas, the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc. Tribal Council is the governing body of the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc., of the authority of its By-Laws, as approved by the House of Representatives as the American Indian Community of Louisiana in 1978, and

Whereas, the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc. is charged with the responsibility of the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the members of the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc., and

Whereas, the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc. Tribal Council has sovereign authority and specific authority to participate in the Intertribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program serving as the grantees and receiving all pertinent banking documents, and

Whereas, the person and/or persons viewing the banking documents regarding the bank account ending with #2027 should sign a confidentiality statement and maintain confidentiality of consumer information, and

Whereas copies of all banking documents should be provided to the Central Louisiana Intertribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program (CLIVRP) Director on the same day as they are received, Sabine State Bank and Trust Company must be informed that they should contact and discuss any issues with the CLIVRP bank account with the CLIVRP Director.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc. should receive bank documents and bank documents are to be viewed by only those individuals who have signed a confidentiality statement. All documents should be provided to CLIVRP director on the same day they are received. CLIVRP Director should be contacted by Sabine State Bank and Trus company if time sensitive issues arise.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Tribal Council authorizes the Tribal Chairperson and the Tribal Vice-Chairperson or Treasurer to sign all documents related to the project.

The above resolution was dually approved by the Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb Tribal Council at a regular meeting on the 12 day of April 2010, at which of 10 FOR,
0 AGAINST, 0 ABSTAIN, 0 ABSENT.

Joy Stewart stated that all CLIVR matters should be brought before the Council. She stated that the Council should be kept informed about all CLIVR matters. She suggested that any questions that the Council has should be addressed to the members of the CLIVR Board (Johnny, Pat, Doug & Jake) and that they relay these issues to Mandy Vinson.

Pat suggested that the position of CLIVR secretary should be re-advertised. The deadline for accepting applications for this position will be May 1st. Yvonne will call Mandy Vinson and let her know of the Council's decision. Joy noted that the position should also be advertised on the Tribe's website.

There were not enough members present for the recently scheduled Federal Recognition meeting. This meeting will be re-scheduled after the powwow.

Jake gave a report on Project Venture activities. He stated that he now has seventy nine members in the group.

Joanne gave the report on the upcoming Powwow. She showed the group a copy of the new T-Shirt "logo". A discussion followed about food for the dancers at the powwow.

Ione gave each member a copy of a new "contract" for grant writer Shirley Rivers. On a motion by Joanne, with a second by Ione, the contract was accepted.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 10, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
May 10, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on May 10, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr John Procell
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux Joanne Sepeda Joy Stewart
Susan Lee

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Joanne Sepeda.

Approval of the April 12th minutes was postponed as there were questions about the wording on the section concerning the Rising Sun Youth Group.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. She asked if the group wanted to pay the Chamber of Commerce membership dues from the general fund. Ione moved that the membership dues be paid from the general fund. Joanne seconded the motion and it passed. On a motion by Susan with a second by Ione, the Council voted to pay $250.00 to Shirley Rivers for her work on the $2,500.00 En Cana Grant which the Tribe received. After some discussion the Treasurer's Report was approved on a motion by Joanne, with a second by Susan.

There was no CLIVR financial report.

Joanne reported that she is still working on the financial report from the Powwow. There are some questions about the amount owed for lodging, as well as some other bills. Doug suggested that we should talk to Dorman Jackson explaining what has happened and see if some of this can be paid from Indian Education money.

Mandy Vinson was not present for this meeting. She had sent a letter to each Council Member concerning a conference call which included members from the Four Winds and Choctaw Apache Tribes, Alfreda Reeves, Karen Holiday and August Martin. A brief discussion followed and Virginia made a motion that:

A. Mandi Vinson be present at all monthly Choctaw-Apache Council meetings.
B. That Ms. Vinson will give monthly itineraries for both Amelia Bison & Ms.
Vinson to the Council.
C. The Council will be informed immediately about the status of the
administrative assistant to be hired.
4. Ms. Vinson will prepare a monthly financial report for the Council.

Susan seconded the motion and it was passed.

Pat suggested that the Council meet with Kenneth Ebarb to discuss CLIVR. The meeting was set for the next day, May llth.

Jake Rivers gave a brief report on CLIVR. He noted that the big project for this past month was the Powwow and that his group had been active and worked hard at the powwow.

Susan noted that the Rising Sun Youth Group worked very hard at the Powwow and that they did very well on their quilt raffle.

Doug suggested that we host a Powwow Appreciation Dinner.

On a motion by Ione, with a second by Susan, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
June 14, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on June 14, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Chris Rivers
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux Joanne Sepeda Joy Stewart
Susan Lee

Absent: John Procell

Tribal Vice-Chairman Doug Laroux called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Ione Durr.

On a motion by Virginia Malmay, with a second by Ione Durr the minutes of the April 12th meeting were approved.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Joanne Sepeda, the minutes of the May 10th meeting were approved.

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Virginia Malmay. She noted that money is still owed for hotel rooms for the powwow. Joanne volunteered to call the hotel about this matter and report to the Council at the next meeting. After some discussion the Treasurer’s Report was approved on a motion by Susan, with a second by Pat.

Doug noted that he thinks that the Council should call a special meeting to discuss CLIVR business. He stated that the office has been basically closed for two months and that we are losing In-Kind. He also stated that all business needs to be conducted in this office. Yvonne read a copy of the letter that was sent to the CLIVR Director, Mandy Vinson. She noted that she had received no response from Ms. Vinson. A special meeting to discuss CLIVR business will be called in July.

Susan reported that the Rising Sun Youth Coordinators are: Susan Lee, Donna Longoria, Jessie Longoria, Tessie Meshell and Melanie Hubbard. On a motion by Joanne, with a second by Virginia, the Council voted to accept these coordinators. Susan noted that there are 36 members in the Rising Sun Youth Group and that 21 of them are planning to go to the Bell Powwow in Oklahoma. They are also involved in various other activities including an Elders’ Festival. On a motion by Virginia, with a second by Ione, the Council accepted the following members to serve on the Elders’ Festival Committee: Susan Lee, Marla Ferguson, Jessie Longoria, Donna Longoria, Amelia Bison, Tessie Meshell and Jake Rivers. This year’s festival will be held in honor of Amy Malmay.

Jake Rivers reported that 19 of his Project Venture members attended the state camp this year and that Whitney Meshell earned the Top Leader Award. He also reported that the funding for Project Venture has been cut. He will work on a voluntary basis for the present.

Joanne Sepeda reported that we now have a good supply of T-Shirts. She also suggested that an “ad” be placed in the local paper to advise tribal members to update their addresses. It was also suggested that this be placed in the Anoli and on the Tribal webpage.

Jake Rivers volunteered to take a copy of the Oil, Gas & Mineral Lease to a lawyer to get a legal opinion for the Council before a decision is made to sign it.

On a motion by Ione, with a second by Pat, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
July 5, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on July 5, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Susan Lee
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux
Joy Stewart John Procell

Absent: Chris Rivers & Joanne Sepeda

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

After a brief discussion about the CLIVR Grant, Pat Ebarb made the following resolution:

No more checks will be signed for CLIVR until the CLIVR Director comes before the Choctaw-Apache Tribal Council at the Tribal office in Zwolle, Louisiana to explain where the grant money is being spent and to present a budget for the remainder of the grant funds.

Susan Lee seconded the resolution.

The resolution passed with Ebarb, Busby, Stewart, Malmay, Lee and Laroux voting for it. Ione Durr voted against the resolution.

Durr expressed concern for the CLIVR Clients. Jake Rivers also expressed concern for the CLIVR Clients.

Doug stated that this was not a vote against the CLIVR Clients. It was simply a way to ensure that the CLIVR Director would meet with the Council immediately.

The focus of the August meeting will be on Federal Recognition.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
August 9, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on August 9, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Chris Rivers
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux
John Procell Joy Stewart
Susan Lee

Absent: Joanne Sepeda

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Doug Laroux

Jim Pratt, representing the Sabine River Authority addressed the Council. He gave each member a copy of the Land Lease Agreement between SRA & the Tribe.

Margaret Simmons addressed the Council about State Approved Long Term Care Insurance. The secretary agreed to send her Council addresses so that she can send information about the insurance.

On a motion by Pat Ebarb, with a second by Ione Durr the minutes of the June 14th meeting were approved.

On a motion by Pat Ebarb, with a second by Susan Lee, the minutes of the July 5th meeting were approved.

On a motion by Virginia Malmay, with a second by Chris Rivers the minutes of the July 13th meeting were approved.

A brief discussion about enrollment followed.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. She gave everyone a copy of the June 30th report & the July 31st report. After some discussion, Ione Durr moved that Virginia should contact Sudden Link to purchase a "splitter" which the Tribe will share with the Rising Sun Youth Group. CLIVR will pay for this "splitter". Joy Stewart seconded this motion and it passed.

A discussion followed about the water bill and it was recommended that the Tribal Office water meter be read every month.

On a motion by Ione, with a second by Pat the June 30th Treasurer's Report was approved.

On a motion by Ione, with a second by Chris the July 31st Treasurer's Report was approved.

Johnny asked the Council to help him with mowing the Tribal Office grounds.

Johnny also informed the group that there will be a special Medicine Wheel Ceremony on September 11th at the Tribal Office at 11:00 A.M. Donna Longoria, Amelia and Susan are organizing this program. They are planning to invite local politicians and will serve refreshments at the VFW Hall. There will be a meeting on Sunday, August 15th at
5:00 P.M. to finalize the plans for this program.

Oil, Gas & Mineral Lease--The Council was informed that land is not being leased in the parish at this time.

Susan Lee gave a brief report on the Rising Sun Youth Group. Nine members of the group just returned from a trip to Oklahoma where they represented the Tribe well. Susan listed many of the activities they are planning for the fall.

A brief discussion was held about CLIVR. Doug stated that nothing will change until the CLIVR Board meets again.

The Council will meet on August 30th to update the proposed Tribal Constitution. The Council will try to get the Constitution ready for a vote by the Tribe by the end of the year.

The next monthly meeting will be held on September 13th at 6:00 P.M. at the Tribal Office.

On a motion by Pat, with a second by Ione, the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
September 13, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on September 13, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Susan Lee
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux
John Procell Joanne Sepeda

Absent: Joy Stewart & Christopher Rivers

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Ione Durr.

Ms. Arhonda Tornabene addressed the Council about an illegal dump site that she has found in Webster Parish. The site is on private property and Ms. Tornabene is concerned because she claims to have found ceremonial burial tools at this site. She has contacted DEQ but she cannot get help with the problem. She asked the Council to help look into this matter. The Council informed her that this Tribe has no resources to help with this problem. Johnny suggested she bury the artifacts that she has. Ione suggested that she contact the news media with her story and have them investigate the problem. Robert Caldwell suggested that she contact Jeff Gerrard from the State Archaeological Office.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Susan Lee the minutes of the August 9th meeting were approved.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Joanne Sepeda, the minutes of the August 30th Federal Recognition meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. After some discussion, a motion was made by Pat Ebarb to pay for grounds work (grass cutting) done for the September 11th Memorial program. The motion was seconded by Joanne Sepeda and passed.
On a motion by Ione, with a second by Susan Lee the Treasurer's Report was approved.

Kenneth Ebarb reported that he and Mandi Vinson have had several meetings during the last few weeks about CLIVR. They recommend that the program be placed under the
Auspices of the Inter Tribal Council of Central Louisiana (ITCCLA). He stated that this entity has been registered by the state under three tribes--the Choctaw-Apache of Ebarb, the Four Winds Tribe and the Clifton Choctaw. Since the initial registration, the Clifton-Choctaw have withdrawn from CLIVR so Mandi asked the Clifton-Choctaw to pass a resolution withdrawing from the ITTCLA. They have a new Chief and Council who have decided that they want to continue to be a part of the ITTCLA and CLIVR.

Ione Durr made a resolution supporting the new grant proposal under the auspices of the Inter Tribal Council of Central Louisiana (ITCCLA). Virginia Malmay seconded it and it passed.

Ione Durr moved that Tommy Bolton's name be replaced by John Procell's name in Article VI of the Articles of Incorporation of the ITTCLA. Susan Lee seconded the motion and it passed.

Pat Ebarb moved that Joseph E. Kelly's name be replaced by Mandi Vinson's name in Article VI of the Articles of Incorporation of the ITTCLA. Ione Durr seconded the motion and it passed.

Ione Durr offered a motion that the Tribal Council support the efforts of Kenneth Ebarb and Amanda Vinson to approach the state for input on how to handle changes to the Articles of Incorporation of the ITTCLA and seek legal council as available. Virginia seconded the motion and it passed.

Jake Rivers reported that the funding for Project Venture has been stopped so this program is no longer active.

Joanne Sepeda reported that the Rising Sun Youth Group has requested that the selection of the Tribal Princess be turned over to the Powwow Committee.

Ione Durr moved that the Powwow Committee take over the Tribal Princess selection from the Rising Sun Youth Group, absolving Rising Sun from any responsibility, per the Rising Sun's request. Also, the Powwow Committee will reimburse the Rising Sun Group for any money that has already been spent by the Rising Sun Group on the Tribal Princess selection process. Any negotiations between Deborah West and the Rising Sun will be taken over by the Powwow Committee. Pat seconded the motion and the motion passed.

Dorothy Remedies Harper addressed the Council about the enrollment process.

Ione Durr noted that November is Native American Month and asked for suggestions for Veteran's Day. She suggested that these ideas be shared at the next meeting.

A discussion of the design of the Tribal Princess crowns followed. Doug noted that the Choctaw-Apache seal should be incorporated into the crown.

Robert Caldwell informed the Council that he is working on his thesis entitled "Choctaw-Apache Food Ways". He stated that many old foods are not making the transition to this generation. He hopes to transition the thesis into an historical food book, including some recipes. He will seek feedback from the community.

Our next Federal Recognition Meeting will be held on September 27th at 6:00 p.m. The Council will meet at the Tribal Office and then travel to the land acquired from SRA.

The October meeting date is October 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office.

On a motion by Ione, with a second by Susan the meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
October 11, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on October 11, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Ione Durr Susan Lee
Pat Ebarb Doug Laroux
John Procell Joanne Sepeda
Joy Stewart

Absent: Christopher Rivers

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Joy Stewart.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Pat Ebarb the minutes of the September 13, 2010, meeting were approved.

On a motion by Ione Durr, with a second by Pat Ebarb, the minutes of the September 27, 2010, Federal Recognition meeting were approved.

Yvonne Busby gave each member a copy of the letter she will send to Secretary of the Interior Larry EchoHawk asking him to authorize a Constitutional election for the proposed Choctaw-Apache Tribe Constitution.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. Joanne Sepeda and Johnny Procell volunteered to buy two signs for the Choctaw-Apache Tribal Office. Yvonne stated that she plans to use some of the Tobacco Grant money for a program entitled "The Truth About Tobacco." Virginia pointed out that the Farm Bureau Insurance bill is $495.75. Pat stated that he will check with State Farm to compare prices. On a motion by Joanne Sepeda, with a second by Ione Durr the Treasurer's Report was accepted.

Jake Rivers stated that he would like to use some of the Indian Education Grant to put on a Native American Day in November. The Native American Day will be held at Converse High School, if Converse agrees.

Ione presented several ideas for Native American Month and Veteran's Day. She stated that the Special Events Committee will work on the Veteran's Day program. Other suggestions included a Poster Contest Event for students at all schools, a Quilt Display at the Tribal Office, an Ad in the Sabine Index about Native American Month and an Arts & Crafts Day.

Johnny reported that SRA is going to get bids to cut the timber off the land they donated to the Tribe. All loggers are encouraged to put a bid in.

CLIVR is still working on the new grant.

Susan Lee gave a report on the Rising Sun Youth Groups activities. Each Council member was given copies of the Rising Sun bank statement, their upcoming calendar of events, their bylaws and their minutes. The group is planning to buy a storage building for their crafts. Susan will be donating toward this project.

It was announced that Casey Arnold from Houston is donating 100 free flu shots for Choctaw-Apache members.

Our next Federal Recognition Meeting will be held on October 25, 2010, at 6:00 p.m.
at the Tribal Office. The next regular Tribal Council meeting will be on November 8, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office.

On a motion by Ione, with a second by Susan the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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Choctaw Apache Community of Ebarb, Inc.
Council Meeting
Minutes
November 8, 2010
6:00 p.m.

The Choctaw Apache Tribal Council met on November 8, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. The following members were present:

Yvonne Busby Virginia Malmay
Susan Lee Doug Laroux
Pat Ebarb Joanne Sepeda
John Procell

Absent: Christopher Rivers, Ione Durr & Joy Stewart

Tribal Chairman John Procell called the meeting to order.

The invocation was given by Virginia Malmay.

On a motion by Pat Ebarb, with a second by Joanne Sepeda the minutes of the October 11, 2010 meeting were approved.

The Treasurer's Report was given by Virginia Malmay. On a motion by Pat Ebarb, with a second by Joanne Sepeda the Treasurer's Report was accepted.

No report was given on Native American Month.

No report was given on CLIVR.

Johnny reported that SRA is still in the process of getting bids to cut the timber off the land they donated to the Tribe.

Pat Ebarb reported that he has researched the cost of a new copier machine. He has found one which will cost approximately $300.00. On a motion by Pat Ebarb with a second by Joanne Sepeda, the Council voted to purchase the copier machine.

Each Council member was asked to contribute $20.00 to cover the cost of a drum for the Tribe. The cost of the drum is $200.00.

Susan Lee gave a report on the Rising Sun Youth Groups activities. Each Council member was given copies of the Rising Sun bank statement and their upcoming calendar of events.

Jake Rivers gave each Council Member a copy of a letter from Kevin Billiot concerning Project Venture Funds and a copy of the legal definition of "Defamation."

The next regular Tribal Council meeting will be on January 10, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tribal Office. There will be no meeting in December.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Yvonne S. Busby, Secretary John Procell, Principal Chief

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