What was originally scheduled to be the City of Eagle Butte’s regular October meeting turned into a closed door Special Meeting with City Attorney Michael Whalen to respond to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s assertion that the city had violated tribal and federal law in the implementation of the Wasterwater and Sewer line project.
After approving claims, the council went into executive session with Whalen. After sometime, City Superintendent Jon Ganje was asked to join the council as well as DGR Engineer Aaron Miller.
After an hour and a half in executive session, the door was opened and the council took two actions.
First, the council approved a motion to have Whalen represent the city in the Show Cause Hearing with the tribe’s revenue office and to also represent the city in all construction matters and pay the $200 tribal fee required for the attorney to interact with the tribe.
The second approved motion was to approve pay request #5 for the Main Street project and pay request #1 for the lagoon project.
The Show Cause Hearing was originally scheduled for today (10/20/15) but has been rescheduled for November 2.
The Show Cause Hearing with the CRST Revenue Office will be held to determine if the city violated tribal and federal law and if so whether they can continue to operate city enterprises under their current tribal business license.