Proposed Constitutional Amendment

09.21.2022 By: government, Constitutional Amendment

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Questions on the voter registration list? Contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs at:

Greg Norton, BIA  Tribal Government Special Elections Board Chair

Phone: 971-803-1409 Cell | 503-231-6723 Office


Executive Summary

On March 23, 2022 Tribal Council approved an Authorization to Proceed, to move forward with a Constitutional amendment to amend Article V – Membership of the Constitution Section 5. After approval, the Tribe’s Legal Department worked closely with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on approval of the proposed language and has since worked with Tribal Council, Tribal staff, and the Election Board to call for the election.

Constitutional Amendment Powerpoint

Constitutional Amendment Language


Sec. 5.

Loss of Membership. The Tribal Council shall by ordinance prescribe rules and regulations governing involuntary loss of membership. The reasons for such loss shall be limited exclusively to failure to meet the requirements set forth for membership in this Constitution;:

(a) Fraud. Any person who was enrolled as a result of fraud.

(b) Dual Enrollment. Any member who is enrolled as a member in any other federally recognized Indian tribe.

provided, that nNothing in this section shall prohibit a member from voluntarily relinquishing membership in the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, with the consent of the Tribal Council.

Constitutional Amendment Educational Meetings

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Constitutional amendment election process update (zoom) – 5PM

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Constitutional amendment election process (zoom) – 5PM

Thursday, October 13, 2022
Educational meeting (hybrid / Portland) – 5:30PM

Location: Portland State University; Native American Student & Community Center Room 110 

710 SW Jackson Portland, OR 97201

Online: Register in advance for this meeting at

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Educational meeting (hybrid / Grand Ronde) – 5:30PM

Location: Governance Center – Tribal Council Chambers

Online: Register in advance for this meeting at

Thursday, October 20, 2022
Educational meeting (hybrid / Salem) - 5:30PM

Location: TBD

Online: Register in advance for this meeting at

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Educational meeting (hybrid / Grand Ronde) - 5:30PM

Location: Governance Center – Tribal Council Chambers

Online: Register in advance for this meeting at



• Q: How many people must register for the election?
A: There is no minimum number of registered voters required.

• Q: How many votes does it take to pass the Amendment?
A:2/3 of the members who have registered to vote, must vote in favor of the Amendment for it to pass.

• Q: How many registered voters must vote?
A: 30% of the qualified voters must vote for the election to be valid.

• Q: I haven’t received my registration packet yet; what should I do?
A: Contact Greg Norton, the Election Board Chair as soon as possible. All registration forms have to be received back by October 4, 2022.

• Q: Does this amendment conflict with the membership requirement provision of the Constitution, and will the BIA have an issue with it?
A: This provision applies after someone becomes a member, while the membership requirements apply at the time of enrollment. The BIA has already reviewed this language and did not express any concerns with it.

• Q: What is the definition of Fraud?
A: Fraud is an intentional misrepresentation of the facts relevant to enrollment during the enrollment process.



September 12, 2022

The Tribe submitted the request for the election; the election was then authorized by the BIA

September 15, 2022

The first board meeting was held by the election board

September 23, 2022

Packets and registration forms mailed out to all eligible members. Registration packets must be returned to New Mexico.

October 4, 2022

Registration deadline and voting list posted. Registration packets are due in New Mexico by this date.

October 7, 2022

Voter list challenge deadline

October 10, 2022

Ballots mailed to all registered voters.

November 2, 2022

Election day – Polls close at 5PM PDT. Completed ballots must be received in post office in Grand Ronde by this date.

November 7, 2022

Election challenge deadline