THE KLAMATH TRIBES
Traditional Meeting Conduct of the General Council
Adopted: November 17, 2012 by General Council
Reason for Conduct: To allow for the business of the Klamath Tribes Government to be conducted in a
General Council Meeting Policies
1. Each speaker will rise and address the group by going to the microphone, if disabled or
elderly, a microphone will be provided by one of the counters. it is important to use a
microphone so elders and everyone can hear the points being made by the speaker, or
questions being asked which are important to the discussion of the agenda topics. The
microphone also allows for the recorder to hear the comments or motions being
proposed by General Council.
2. Each Speaker has to identify themselves by name and roll number for the record, after
being recognized by the Chairman of the meeting to be able to speak. The meetings of
the Tribes are officially recorded and all statements are a matter of legal record for the
Tribes and each speaker must identify themselves by roll number to establish their
Tribal affiliation for the record.
3. Each speaker has a time limitation of 2 times to speak on each topic and 3 minutes for
each of the 2 times allowed to talk. The speaker will be notified when 2 minutes have
passed by the Tribal Secretary or other designated time keeper by them stating “SO
seconds remaining”. It is important for each person to be mindful of the time
limitations. The goal is to get the business done for the Tribes government over all.
Also, elders and persons with health needs must be kept in mind and long hours of
discussion can make it difficult for everyone to participate if they have to sit for long
periods of time.
4. Each speaker will be courteous and refrain from using foul language and talk in a calm
5. Each speaker will limit their comments to the topic of the specific subject and will yield
when a “point of order” is called until the Chairman or other presiding officer rules on
the point of order question. lithe Chairman or other presiding officer rules that the
statements are out of order, the speaker must return to the topic under discussion or yield the floor. There will be a forum for open discussion after all business has been
concluded for the day. General Council members can then address any issues not
placed on the agenda for discussion, unleSs at a Special Meeting of the General Council,
which can only consider those items specifically noticed for the meeting.
6. No person intoxicated by use of drugs or alcohol will be allowed to conduct business on
behalf of the Tribes at any time, including the meetings of the General Council. This is
consistent with the policy of no drugs and alcohol use while conducting Tribal business
by the Tribes through their policies for employment and employees. Although General
Council are not employees, they are the body which creates the policies and laws for the
Tribes and are subject to following the laws of the Tribes per the Klamath Tribes
7. Any General Council member or Tribal Council Member can be subject to having
themselves removed immediately from the meeting for violations of meeting protocol
and can be subject to fines or arrest for violent outbreaks, threats of violence, or
physical assault. Anyone causing a violent outbreak, threatening violence, or physically
assaulting a person in General Council meetings can result in loss of meeting privileges
for up to 2 Regular General Council meeting sessions, and will be notified by the
Chairman of when these occurrences happen at the meeting and confirmed by U.S.
We, the undersigned, Tribal Council Chairman and Secretary of the Klamath Tribes do hereby
certify that at a “Regular” General Council meeting held on the _17th_day of November
2012 where a quorum was present, the General Council duly adopted this policy by a vote of
54 for 12 opposed, and ____3 abstention/s.
Gary Fr st, Chairman Torina Case, Sec ary
The Klamath Tribes The Klamath Tribes
THE KLAMATH TRIBES