Monday, June 23, 2008

Blackfeet vote on constitutional overhaul

The Blackfeet Nation will vote tomorrow on whether to overhaul the tribe’s constitution to restructure the Blackfeet government, the first such restructuring of the Blackfeet government since the constitution was first adopted through the Indian Reorganization Act of 1935.

Though the constitution has been amended 11 times, it has never included a separation of powers. If approved, Tuesday’s referendum, will allow for three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial. Such checks and balances would limit the amount of power the tribal business council holds. Read more about it here.

1 comment:

  1. good luck many a tribes are looking to see how this works and if they will follow.