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Fiduciary Trust Officer for the Office
Business Council and Tribal Chairman
White Shield Council
White Shield District
Austin Gillette, who served on the tribal business council for many years, said the disbursement of funds to the elders originated when the tribe won a judgment award in claims from the federal government.
The judgment award was for $32 million, he said. Gillette, now fiduciary trust officer for the Fort Berthold Agency Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians, gave a "history lesson" about the origination of the funds at the Elders Christmas Party. He said when the tribe received the judgment award there were 10 categories that the money could be used for and one of the categories was for the elderly. Only the interest from the money can be used. Gillette came up with the plan of how to use the money for the elderly. He discussed his plan with council members Pete Coffey Sr., Donald Malnourie and Gerald White Sr. at a meeting at his (Gillette's) home. "The way it was, was to disburse to everyone over 60 regardless of where they lived. We have members all over the country," Gillette said. Coffey, Malnourie and White presented the plan to the council and it was approved, Gillette said. It's still going on and that's good," Gillette said. Subscribe to Minot Daily News | MinotDailyNews.com
Front row left to right: Austin Gillette, White Shield Council Representative; Tex G. Hall, Chairman, elected at large; Malcolm Wolf, New Town Council Representative.Austin GilletteMembere-mail email@example.com Austin Gillette, White Shield Pow Wow July 2001EDUCATION
Austin Gillette, an Arikara representative of the White Shield District, will give an introduction to the culture and history of the tribe on Friday and other events will follow through the celebration.
Mr. Gillette reported that REC in Garrison has agreed to submit a proposal to the state and national level, for a $300,000 grant for the UNIBAND Project in White Shield.Motion by Mr. Gillette to approve the minutes of August 07, 1996, with changes.Second, Mr. Fast Dog.Vote 6 in favor, 1 absent.August 07 minutes approved.02. August 09.Motion by Mr. Gillette to approve the minutes of August 09, 1996, with corrections, if needed.Mr. Gillette noted that the appointment of Antoinette Star as election board representative for New Town/Little Shell should be put on today's agenda to confirm.Motion by Mr. Gillette to approve the minutes of August 21, 1996, with corrections, if needed.Mr. Gillette said there is a 10 million dollar difference, and that the council negotiated as best as they could, under the circumstances.Vote: 4 in favor, 1 abstained, 2 absent.August 21 minutes approved. E. APPROVAL OF AGENDA.Second, Mr. Gillette.Vote: 6 in favor, 1 absent.Agenda approved.Mr. Gillette said Staff Attorney Tom Disselhorst had reviewed this and advised that the former LCM company has some assets on hand and a disbursal sale of the excess inventory is planned.Mr. Gillette made a Motion that assets equal to the amount of the TERO fees of approximatley $37,000 be paid from the accounts the former LCM Company has, and that the remaining balance go to the new Fort Berthold Development Corporation.Second, Mr. Fast Dog.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent. arried.02. R#96-181-DSB, WS Application for Aging Services Grant to Serve Meals to Elders.Motion by Mr. Gillette to approve WS Community to apply for a $24,870 grant under Title III.Mr. Gillette said Aging Services has had adequate time to do something about this, but nothing has been done.The deadline for this application is this month.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried. a. Directive: Tribal Programs Manager/Aging Director.Motion was made by Mr. Fox to direct Mr. Lone Fight to immediately search out opportunities to extend (elder meal) services for the upcoming year to include all segments; second, Mr. Gillette.Mr. Gillette made a Motion to approve the resolution of Sahnish Farms.Members in favor were Mr. Hall, Mr. Fox, Mr. Gillette, and Mr. Spotted Bear; Mr. Fast Dog against; Mr. Johnson and Mr. Mason not present.A motion was then made by Mr. Gillette to approve the new resolution with the new language.Motion was made by Mr. Gillette to authorize the expenditure for Mr. Sitting Bear to prepare the goblet for display in the museum.Motion seconded by Mr. Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.04. R#96-184-DSB Replacement Heifer Guidelines for Cattle Relending Participants to Follow.Motion to approve resolution, Mr. Gillette, seconded by Mr. Spotted Bear.Discussion by Mr. Gillette that fees have been reduced by one-half in this new agreement, which is for the clinic to designate a qualified physician to serve as medical director of the TAT/KDU.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.Motion to approve resolution made by Mr. Gillette, seconded by Mr. Fox. Second by Mr. Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.d. R#96-189-DSB, to Approve Policy and Procedure Manual for the TAT/KDU.Discussion by Mr. Gillette that the TAT/KDU services are above and beyond what is normal practice elsewhere, in that transportation is provided for patients, whereas a client provides his own transportation at other units.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.07. R#96-190-DSB, CY 1997 Material Resources Continuation Application for Community Services Block Grant Funding.Motion by Mr. Fast Dog to approve, second by Mr. Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.08. Request and Motion (Denied) on Community Development Docket Fund Distribution by Head Count.Motion seconded by Mr. Gillette.Discussion held on the pros and cons of equal distribution versus per capita distribution.Mr. Gillette recounted that tribal members had decided by referendum vote, when money was first distributed, to use the head count method, but this was changed in 1990.Mr. Fast Dog and Mr. Gillette in favor; Mr. Fox, Mr. Hall, and Mr. Spotted Bear opposed; Mr. Mason and Mr. Johnson not present.Mr. Gillette suggested the following action, which was made a motion by Mr. Fast Dog: Council accepts the responsibility of acknowledging the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty is the property of all members of the Three Tribes, and the family who is the caretaker have agreed to put it in the museum for safekeeping for future generations.Motion was made by Mr. Fox, seconded by Mr. Gillette, to fund Ms. Tyra Wilkinson for $1,000 from the graduate student education docket fund.Motion was made by Mr. Fox, seconded by Mr. Gillette, to add David J. Brendsel as a member of the Credit & Finance Committee retroactively for two weeks.Second by Mr. Gillette.Discussion on possibility of filing a tort claim against the Bureau of Indian Affairs.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried. Mr. Disselhorst advised the resolution to amend R#96-169 was completed if council wished to take action at this time. (See Item F.04., Page 4.) Motion to approve the resolution was made by Mr. Gillette, seconded by Mr. Spotted Bear.Mr. Fast Dog requested a Roll Call Vote: Mr. Gillette, Mr. Fox, Mr. Spotted Bear, and Mr. Hall were all in favor, with Mr. Fast Dog opposed.Motion to approve made by Mr. Gillette, seconded by Motion was made by Mr. Gillette to approve, with the stipulation that the Treasurer and Chairman try to get the cost down, seconded by Mr. Fox.Mr. Gillette said this had been discussed previously in March or April (See 04/11/96 Minutes, Item G.10.) and made a motion for Mr. Gerald White to be the GSA Property Procurement person to target excess government equipment and furniture.Motion to ratify appointment of Antoinette "Toni" Star Skibsrud as election board member from New Town, made by Mr. Gillette, seconded by Mr. Fox.a. Motion to approve tribal business license renewal for Yellow Bird Convenience Store in White Shield made by Mr. Gillette, seconded by Mr. Fox.Second by Mr. Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.02. Motion to Charge Business License Application Fees Based on Annual Reservation Income of Business, Beginning January 01, 1997.Seconded by Mr. Gillette.Motion by Mr. Gillette to approve Mr. Jone's appointment retroactively.Rosalind Walks, Social Worker I. Motion to approve recommendation of Rosalind Walks for one of the social work positions was made by George Fast Dog, seconded by Austin Gillette.Motion by George Fast Dog to approve above appointments, seconded by Austin Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried. Motion by Austin Gillette to approve Mr. White Singer, seconded by Mark N. Fox.Motion by George Fast Dog to approve, seconded by Austin Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.e. Lujuanna J. Wilson, Permanent Teacher Assistant (Four Feathers).Motion by George Fast Dog to approve, seconded by Austin Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.03. Discussion on Second Parshall CHR Position.Motion by George Fast Dog to select Jerolyn Old Rock Fox for Parshall CHR, seconded by Austin Gillette for discussion.Mr. Gillette stated there have been others, in the past, that we haven't allowed this for.However, it was clarified that 30 days sick leave had previously been granted to a tribal employee. (See 06/18/96 minutes.) Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.Second by Austin Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.09. Approval for Credit & Finance Committee Recommendation to Advertise for a Collections Officer for the Small Loan Program.Second by Austin Gillette.Vote: 5 in favor, 2 absent.Carried.Austin Gillette made Motion to recess meeting until 11:00 in the morning (09/13/96) at 6:10 p.m. Seconded by Mark N. Fox.Motion by Mr. Gillette to approve consultant agreement, with budget limitation, for Gerald White.Vote: 6 in favor, Mr. Gillette absent during vote.06. Motion to Give Authority to Acting Judicial Resources Manager to Appoint Temporary Tribal Court Magistrate.Vote: 6 in favor, Mr. Gillette absent during vote. 07. Selection of Second CHR for Parshall.At the recommendation of Mr. Gillette, a straw vote on the casino buy-out was taken by the chairman.Second by Mr. Gillette. Vote: 7 in favor.Carried.Q. ADJOURNMENT.
Recording Secretary Marlien Gillette.Motion by Austin Gillette to extend Jerry Nagel's Lagoon Project Consultant Agreement at a rate of $15.00 per hour to Sept. 9, 1999.Second by Austin Gillette.Second by Austin Gillette.Second by Austin Gillette.Motion by Austin Gillette to authorize Daniel Israel to draft a letter to North Dakota Senators to request funding for the Four Bears Bridge and the letter will reflect the July 1, 1999 Commissioners 20% State commitment. Motion by Austin Gillette to authorize Daniel Israel to work with Senator Kerrey on Bill 1279 to protect the interests that the Three Affiliated Tribes holds along the Missouri River.Motion by Austin Gillette to pay for Daniel Israel's airfare in the amount of $1,200.Each Council member stated the amount in which they thought appropriate: Austin Gillette = $25,000; Daylon Spotted Bear = $30,000 base amount with a match of $5,000; Tom Bird Bear = $35,000; Pete Hale = $30,000 with a $5,000 match; Mark Fox =$30,000; and Tex Hall = $30,000 with a $5,000 match.Motion by Austin Gillette to pay Tom Fredericks $20,000 and Don Bruce $15,000 forSecond by Austin Gillette.Second by Austin Gillette.Motion by Austin Gillette to authorize Tribal Treasurer Marcus Wells, Jr. to work with Levi Bruce to develop a capital improvement schedule up to $10,000.00 to cover required repairs since Pouch Point is Tribally-owned.Motion by Austin Gillette to direct Fred Baker, Programs Manager, to develop and implement a proposal to fund Kenny Freeman's employee benefits as Mr. Freeman works with the Fort Berthold Utilities Program that does not offer him benefits.Second by Austin Gillette.Motion by Austin Gillette to commit $1,450 to Adele Phelan to cover travel costs to promote educational and cultural activities at the Junior National Regional Basketball Championship Tournament as a member of the basketball team, subject to submission of documentation of expenses.Second by Austin Gillette.Second by Austin GilletteMotion by Austin Gillette to retire the Constitution Revision Committee as the committee has submitted the assigned amendments and recommendations and to retire the JTAC Committee as the committee has submitted the assigned JTAC Plan and to further appoint a JTAC Oversite Board upon completion of the plan approval process.Austin Gillette, DelegateAustin Gillette, TreasurerCouncil CommitteesAustin Gillette, Chairman Thomas Bird Bear, ChairmanAustin Gillette, MemberMotion by Austin Gillette to approve a homesite lease for Ambrose Phelan in the Mandaree area, pending land exchange after probate preceedings.Motion by Austin Gillette to add the Standing Rock delegation to the agenda.Motion by Austin Gillette to support the position of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to oppose any land transfers of excess lands to the state of South Dakota, and that this support is based upon the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's and the Three Affiliated Tribe's treaties of 1851 and 1861, an that other affected Tribes enjoin to develop a position paper regarding this issue.Second by Austin Gillette.Motion by Austin Gillette to prioritize enforcement of DUI's and to approve check points.Motion by Austin Gillette to pass a resolution to support ND State Department of Transportation's request for the Public Lands Highway Program fund.Motion by Austin Gillette to approve a "loss-of-home" grant to Melissa Poitra in the amount of $1,000.00.