First Tribal Council Meeting of the New Year

By Chris Jenkins

FT. PIERCE — It was both a historical day and business as usual for the Tribal Council on Jan. 15. Members of the council held their first meeting of the year at the Fort Pierce facilities. The unveiling and ribbon cutting of the Chupco Youth Ranch followed.

The council’s first item of business was the consent agenda. These eight items were of a routine, administrative nature discussed by the Tribal Council before the meeting.

Homesite leases were issued to the following six persons: Janine Cypress, Brittany Yescas, Samuel C. Osceola Jr., Gladys Bratcher, Meredith Bullard and Jennifer Chadwick. The remaining consent agenda item consisted of applications to the U.S. Department of the Interior for an aquatic baseline index project for Brighton, Big Cypress and Immokalee.

There were 12 resolutions discussed on the regular agenda, with 11 passing. Some of those which passed included:

Resolution 14: Ford Motor Credit Co. and Indian Tribal government lease-purchase agreement,

Resolution 15: the purchase of a home in Brownsville, Texas by Liaison Rafael Sanchez Sr.;

Resolution 17: standard form agreements between owner and contractors (Seminole Tribe of Florida and Sunshine State Builders);

Resolution 18: Seminole Tribe food service and retail service sanitation; and

Resolution 25: approval of business sub-lease between Joe Osceola Jr. and Budget-Rent-A-Car System, Inc.

The next scheduled Tribal Council meeting is set for Feb. 12 in Hollywood.