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Mille Lacs Band Statutes Annotated

Ordinance 41-98 - [Revolving Loan Fund]


An ordinance authorizing and establishing a Revolving Loan Fund for the members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and repealing Title 17 of the Mille Lacs Band Statutes Annotated.

The District III Representative introduced the following bill on the 2nd day of July 1998.


Preamble

It is enacted by the Band Assembly of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for the purpose of creating a Revolving Loan fund for members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. The Band Assembly determines that it is in the Band's best interest to provide and create a Revolving Loan Fund governed by a Loan Committee to protect the assets of the Band. This Act repeals and replaces Title 17 of the Mille Lacs Statutes Annotated in it entirety.

 

§ 1. RESERVATION OF RIGHT OF AMENDMENT

The Band Assembly hereby fully reserves the right to alter, amend or repeal the several provisions of this Act, and all rights and privileges granted or extended hereunder shall be subject to such reserved right.


§ 2. RETROSPECTIVE LAW

This act shall apply retroactively to all previous loans disbursed.


§ 3. LOAN COMMITTEE ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSE

(a) The Loan Committee is hereby established for the purpose of consulting with, advising and making recommendations to the Secretary-Treasurer and Band Assembly in all matters pertaining to the loan policy.

(b) The authority and responsibility of the Loan Committee shall be to report the Secretary-Treasurer and Band Assembly on problems concerning loans to Band members and to foster the interest and cooperation of the all concerned parties on improving their methods of operations.


§ 4. COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP, TERMS OF OFFICE AND SALARY

(a) Existing Loan Committee members shall serve terms until September 30, 1998.

(b) Effective October 1, 1998, the Loan Committee shall consist of six members who shall be nominated by the Chief Executive and confirmed by the Band Assembly.

(c) The Band Assembly shall submit a list of not less than seven names to the Chief
Executive who shall nominate six from among them to the Band Assembly for
ratification. Staggered terms for the (6) Board members shall be as follows.

(1) Three at-large board members shall initially serve (2) year terms expiring September
30,2000.

(2) Following the expiration of the (2) year terms the at-large board members shall and then
(4) year terms expiring September 30, 2004 and every four years hence.

(3) The three board members from the respective districts shall serve (4) year terms expiring
September 30,2002 and every four years hence.

(d) Board members shall be subject to removal of members pursuant to 4 MLBSA § 15.

(e) Board members of the Loan Committee may receive a travel reimbursement and stipends
for meetings attended not inconsistent with a Commissioners Order from the Commissioner of Finance.


§ 5. OFFICERS

(a) The Chair and Secretary of the Loan Committee shall be elected annually by and from the members thereof.


§ 6. LOAN COMMITTEE MEETINGS

(a) Meetings may be called by the Chair of the Loan Committee. Four members of the Loan Committee shall constitute a quorum.

(b) The Secretary shall ensure accurate record keeping of all meetings and transcripts thereof. Such records shall be prima facie evidence of the facts therein. Minutes shall be approved by the Loan Committee and signed by the Chair of the Loan Committee at the next loan meeting.

(c) Minutes shall be forwarded to Band Assembly and the Chief Executive within two weeks of their approval.


§ 7. POLICIES

Band Assembly shall ratify the policies for the loan committee.


§ 8. POWERS AND DUTIES OF BOARD

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Loan Committee shall have the following powers:

(a) To act on and approve applications for loans.

(b) To recommend amendments to the Loan policies to Band Assembly.

(c) To fill vacancies in the Loan Committee until successors are nominated by the Chief Executive and confirmed by the Band Assembly.

(d) To approve loan applications of Loan Committee members subject to the concurrence of the Secretary-Treasurer.

(e) In furtherance of promoting thrift among its members and creating a source of credit for them at legitimate rates of interest for provident purposes, and not in limitation of specific powers contained herein, to have all the powers enumerated, authorized and permitted by this Act and such other rights, privileges and powers as may be incidental to, or necessary for, the accomplishment of the objectives and purposes of the Loan Committee.


§ 9. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

(a) The Office of Management and Budget shall have the responsibility to administer the Loan Committee Fund for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

(b) The Office of Management and Budget may contract with lending institutions for the purpose of loan servicing.

(c) The Office of Management and Budget shall be responsible for initiating all delinquent loan proceedings.


§ 10. REPORTS AND AUDITS

(a) The Loan Committee shall annually file a report to the Chief Executive and Band Assembly for the purpose of giving such relevant information as may be required concerning the Loan Committee during the preceding year, although from time to time additional reports may be required. The Loan Committee shall be reviewed as part of the annual audit of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. A copy of the audit shall be forwarded to the Chief Executive and Band Assembly within sixty days after the completion of the audit.


§ 11. SUSPENSION OF OPERATION

(a) Whenever the Band Assembly finds that the Loan Committee is engaged in unsafe or unsound practices in overseeing the Loan Committee or has knowingly or negligently
permitted any of its committee members or employees to violate any material provision of any law, bylaw or regulation to which the Loan Committee is subject, the Band Assembly may suspend operation of the Loan Committee.

(b) The Secretary-Treasurer, after formal action of the Band Assembly may suspend the operation of the Loan Committee by giving written notice to the Loan Committee. The notice shall include a list of reasons for said suspension and a list of any specific violations of law, bylaw or regulation and shall specify which operations, if any, may be continued during the period of suspension. The notice shall also fix a time and place for a hearing before the Band Assembly. The hearing shall be held within thirty calendar days of the notice of suspension. Evidence may be produced at such hearing by any party thereto. The decision as to the continued suspension of operations of the Loan Committee shall be based upon the evidence presented. If the Band Assembly, by formal action, decides to continue suspension, they shall give written notice to the Loan Committee.

(c) In lieu of the immediate suspension of the operation of the Loan Committee, the Secretary-Treasurer may submit a written notice with respect to practices or violations for the purpose of investigation and review so that the Loan Committee may have a reasonable time within which to correct any deficiencies. If corrections are not made within the time stated in the notice, the Band Assembly, by formal action, may suspend the operation of the Loan committee in accordance with this section.


§ 12. COURT OF CENTRAL JURISDICTION

The Court of Central Jurisdiction is hereby granted exclusive original jurisdiction for any cause of action which arises from this Act or operations of the loan committee. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as a waiver of sovereign immunity of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in any court of competent jurisdiction.


§ 13. SOLICITOR GENERAL OBLIGATION

The Solicitor General may represent the interest of the Loan Committee in any matter before the Court of Central Jurisdiction.


§ 14. FUND AUTHORIZATION

The Band Assembly hereby authorizes a maximum of $650,000 for the Revolving Loan Fund. These funds shall remain reserved in the general fund to provide for the operations of the Revolving Loan Fund.

Amendments received through: August 29, 2003

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