It is the policy of the Tribe to maintain all Tribal records in such a manner that they may be readily accessible by authorized individuals with a legitimate need to access the records, and to prevent access to the records by unauthorized individuals or entities for any purpose.

The purpose of the Public Records Ordinance is to set forth an orderly method for Tribal members to request and receive copies of, or access to, certain Tribal records. The Tribal Council believes that Tribal Administration has a responsibility to inform its members about matters of interest to the entire membership, and that making Tribal records available to Tribal members helps fulfill this responsibility. The Tribal Council further believes that Tribal government should be open and transparent, but recognizes that the protection of Tribal sovereignty and culture prevents disclosure of some Tribal records.

Public Records Request Form