Enumerated Powers

The Chemehuevi Tribal Council has delegated governmental powers to the Executive Committee. The Tribe possesses and may exercise all powers necessary or advisable to promote the welfare of its people as defined by the adopted Chemehuevi Tribal Constitution. The enumerated powers are subject to those limitations imposed by the Constitution or by applicable statutes of the United States.

  1. Conduct Governmental Relations: To negotiate with Federal, State, and local governments on behalf of the Tribe; to consult with the Department of the Interior on all activities of the Tribe which may affect the Chemehuevi Indians or the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe; and to advise the Secretary of the Interior on all Federal projects for the benefit of the Tribe or the reservation.
  2. Promote Health, Education and Welfare: To promote the health, education, and general welfare of the members of the Tribe and to administer charity and other services as may contribute to the social and economic advancement of the Tribe and its members.
  3. Foster Traditions: To encourage and foster arts, crafts traditions, and the culture of the Tribe.
  4. Enact Codes and Ordinances: To promulgate codes and ordinances of land, water, and such other subjects as the activity of the Tribe may require and as are not inconsistent with the Constitution subject to any required approval of the United States Secretary of the Interior; and to enact an election ordinance which shall provide all elections procedures, including provisions for voting by secret ballot for casting of absentee ballots, and for special elections.
  5. Manage Tribal Business Affairs: To borrow money and provide for the repayment thereof, to manage all economic enterprises and negotiate and contract on behalf of the Tribe and to create tribally owned corporations.
  6. Manage Tribal Lands: To imitate, approve, grant, or reject any acquisition, disposition, lease, encumbrance, or condemnation of tribal lands and to manage, protect, and preserve all lands, minerals, wildlife, and other natural resource of the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation. To initiate and administer and revoke assignments of Tribal lands to its members.
  7. Administer Tribal Funds: To create and maintain a reasonable tribal fund for administrative expenses of the Tribe and to provide for the remuneration of Tribal Council members and tribal officials as may be required; to administer any funds or property within the control of the Tribe for the benefit of the Tribe and its members; to make reasonable expenditures of available funds for tribal purposes including salaries and renumeration of Tribal Council members, officers, or employees; and to allocate tribal funds as loans or grants and to transfer tribal property and other assets to tribal organizations for such use as the Tribal Council may determine.
  8. Levy Taxes and Fees: To levy taxes or impose fees upon members and those doing business on the reservation.
  9. Employ Consultants: To employ legal counsel, the choice of council and the fixing of fees to be subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior; and to employ consultants for the protection and advancement of the interest of the Tribe and its members.
  10. Distribution of Property: To prescribe procedures governing distribution of property and the use of such property to the spouse of a deceased member with no children who are members.
  11. Judicial System: To establish a Judicial System.
  12. Enrollment Procedures: To establish ordinances not inconsistent with the Constitution of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, subject to approval of the Secretary of the Interior where authorization by statute, governing future membership, loss of membership, and adoption of members; and to establish enrollment for membership.
  13. Special Elections: To call special elections pursuant to Article 1X of the Constitution.