But McDonald says the council carefully deliberated, over the course of several public meetings, how best to use the money. He says those who attended the meetings voiced four priorities: providing for elders, preserving native language, cultural programs and economic development. The council's decision to bank almost half of the $150 million, he says, "is an effort to strike a balance between the needs that were expressed in those meetings as well as an attempt to plan for the future." I attended 2 of those meetings and yes, all of the above mentioned were brought up. But the vast majority of the people in attendance at both meetings expressed their preference for 100% payout. A formal vote by ALL members, living on and living off the reservation is in order. From my perspective, I see way too much irresponsible management going on, beginning with the tribal council. I see wonderful opportunities, as KwaTaqNuk and Grey Wolf Casino being mismanaged. Why should I have confidence in the tribal council to manage the chunk of money they've elected to retain?
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