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The Kalispel Business Council, consisting of five Tribal members, is a self-governing entity which oversees services, programs, business endeavors and is the policy making body of the Tribe with legislative authority. Council members are democratically elected by the tribal membership and serve three-year terms. The Kalispels have enjoyed stable government for generations as exemplified by our current chairman, Glen Nenema, who has held the Chairmanship for close to 30 years.
The mission of the Business Council is to guide tribal services and promote the positive advancement of its sovereign status.
The Business Council aims to reach consensus on all matters. All aspects of an issue are thoroughly discussed before reaching a decision.
Responsibilities of the Business Council
- Developing policy
- Protect tribal interests
- Oversee business development
- Create short and long term goals which enhance our way of life
The Kalispel Tribe is recognized as a sovereign nation by the Federal Government, which means the Tribe has the power to create its own government and laws. Our sovereignty is inherent to us as a people and provides the foundation our ability to make our own laws and be governed by those laws. It is the right of tribes to protect their members and reservation lands, and maintain ownership of resources that were established in the treaties and by executive order of the U.S. Government was appropriating Indian lands in the late 1800s.
Sovereignty status transcends boundaries and property lines. This unique status enables a tribe to enter into business and economic development endeavors as determined by tribal governments. Indian tribes existed as sovereign governments long before Europeans settled in North America. The U.S. Government recognizes and negotiates with many tribes as sovereign nations.