Vol. V No. 3 2/1/2024
Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council
From left to right: Sara Putnam, Treasurer, Shannon Holsey, Tribal President, Shawn Moede, Council Member, Ella Kazik, Tribal Member, Craig Kroening Jr., Vice President, Willy Miller, Council Member, Terrance Miller, Council Member
By Sherry White, Tribal Liaison. Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe
With the possible forming of a joint Mohican Commission between the Stockbridge Select Board and the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe we thought it might be nice to learn a bit about the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council.
The Tribal Council is the governing body of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, a federally recognized Tribal Nation. It is composed of a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer and four at large Council members, elected by popular referendum.
The President and Treasurer are elected for a term of two years, the Vice President and four Councilmen are elected for one-year terms.
Any enrolled member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community is eligible to be elected to the Tribal Council provided they are 25 years of age or over and have maintained a continuous residence in the community for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
- The main function of the Tribal Council is to: Promulgate and enforce ordinances, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior, governing the conduct of members of the Community;
- Provide for the manner of making, holding, and revoking assignments of land or interest therein;
- Provide for the levying of assessments on members of the Community and the appropriation of available community funds for public purposes;
- Provide for the licensing of nonmembers coming upon the reservation for purposes of hunting, fishing, trading, or other business, and for the exclusion from the territory of the Community of persons not so licensed and
- Establish proper agencies for law enforcement in the Community.
Besides being on the Tribal Council, each of the current Council people bring experience from years of working within the Tribal organization. These experiences include finance, housing, family services, EMT, Roads, and Casino management.
The Tribal Council operates from the Tribe's Reservation in Bowler, Wisconsin.
Photo: Blue Moon Images/Dana Goedewaagen.