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(a) Forfeiture. Any member of the Tribal Council who moves out of St. Paul, submits a written resignation to the Council, or is convicted of a felony of moral turpitude while in office shall automatically forfeit his or her office. A written warning must be given to the Council member after their second unexcused absence and upon the third unexcused absence their seat is forfeited for missing meetings and an opportunity to become an active Council member may again be provided. When sufficient notice has been provided for meetings, a Council member may be requested to forfeit their position if he or she is absent from three successive regular meetings of the Tribal Council without being excused by the Council.

(b) Removal. Any member of the Tribal Council found guilty by the Tribal Council of neglect of duty, gross misconduct, or offense involving dishonesty, or in serious violation of the St. Paul ethics standards for tribal officials may be removed from office by the Tribal Council. A minimum of five Tribal Council members must vote in favor of the removal. A Council member subject to removal shall first be given ten (10) days’ written notice of the charges against him or her and be given an opportunity to answer any such charges before the Tribal Council votes on the removal. If the person subject to removal fails to appear before the Council, the Council may proceed with the vote as scheduled. No member of the Tribal Council shall preside over the meeting at which his or her removal is being considered.

(c) Recall. Any member of the Tribal Council may be recalled by the tribal voters through a petition and election process. A petition requesting such a recall must be signed by at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the qualified tribal voters residing in St. Paul. The signatures must be gathered in a maximum of a thirty (30) day period in order to make a valid petition. Tribal Council shall call a special election to consider the recall of the named Tribal Council member within thirty (30) days upon receiving the petition. If the majority of the total number of qualified voters residing in St. Paul vote in favor of the recall, the official shall be removed. No official may be subjected to recall proceedings more than once in the course of his or her term for the same incident. If the Council fails to call a special election to consider the recall, the tribal membership may hold a tribal membership meeting to conduct such business, and a majority of the total number of tribal voters who reside in St. Paul must vote in favor of the recall for it to take effect. It shall not be necessary to circulate a separate petition calling for the membership meeting; however, notice shall be posted at least thirty (30) days prior to such a meeting. [Certificate of Adoption passed April 22nd, 2008; 2008 Code § 1.5.4]