Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 as she talks with Terry Janis about the White Earth Constitutional Reform. The White Earth Nation - Gaa-waabaabiganikaag.
According to tribal records, an error was found in the Constitution. "During the fourth Constitutional Convention in 2009, Delegates made a number of changes to the draft document." Chapter 16, Article 1 now reads: “The White Earth Court shall consist of a Chief Judge and Associate Judges. The Chief Judge shall be elected by a majority plus one of the eligible votes in a duly called election.”
Mr. Janis will discuss the process and expected outcomes of the constitutional reform tribal effort.
Terry Janis, Oglala Lakota, joined the White Earth Nation as Constitution Reform Manager in April 15, 2013. Prior to that, beginning in 2005, he worked with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation as a Program Officer where he managed the grant making and program activities.
Currently, Janis is a member of Native Americans in Philanthropy, the National Indian Education Association, the National Congress of American Indians, and the State Bar of Arizona. Janis holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, a master’s in education from Harvard University, and a law degree from the University of Arizona.