The Health Board of the Lassen Indian Health Center consists of the Tribal Business Council members. The purpose of the Health Board is to oversee the affairs of the Lassen Indian Health Center. Meetings are normally held at the Diamond Mountain Casino on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m.
The Education Board consists of the Tribal Business Council members. The primary purpose of the Education Committee is to oversee the Education Center’s program, budget and activities as well as the Parent Advisory Committee. Monthly reports are submitted by the Education Director to the Tribal Business Council and reviewed by the Tribal Business Council on the second meeting of each month.
The Athletic Commission is comprised of the Tribal Business Council members. The Athletic Commission, working accordance to Resolutions SU-BC-14-2004 & SU-BC-038-2010, are responsible for regulating all athletic events held at the Diamond Mountain Casino.
Aaron Brazzanovich, Jr.
Aaron Dixon, Sr.
The Cultural Committee (also known as Tribal Liaison Committee- TLC, or Tribal Government Liaison Committee-TGLC) is appointed by the Tribal Business Council and consists of eight members, 18 years of age or older with two members representing each of the four Tribes as well as staff representation of the THPO/NAGPRA Coordinator, the Language Program Coordinator, and the Natural Resource Director. The term of a seat held is only considered vacant upon death, resignation, or removal of the representative. The Cultural Committee was created by SIR TBC Resolution No. SU-BC-15-99 and meetings are held in the SIR Resource Center every second Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. Each committee member receives a stipend of $50.00 per meeting.
Kenneth Joseph, Jr.
Pit River Representatives:
Aaron Brazzanovich, Jr.
Governing Documents Committee
The Governing Documents Committee is in the process of being established in order to develop governing documents to be sent out to the general membership for approval.
The Donation Committee is a group of individuals established by the Tribal Business Council to review tribal member assistance and/or donation requests.
This group consists of one of the Tribal Business Council members and at least two of the following staff: the Tribal Administrator, the Health Clinic Chief Operating Officer, the Tribal Office Manager, or the Fiscal Controller. The committee will approve or deny all tribal member assistance requests based on the policies of the current ordinance. The approval of a tribal member assistance request is also subject to the availability of funding and once the funding that has been set aside for the calendar year has been expended, no further assistance request will be approved by the committee.
The 2014/2015 Election Board operated under Election Ordinance 97-2 for the November 2014 election and are now operating under Election Ordinance 2006-001. The Election Board is composed of five members selected by the Tribal Business Council at its meeting held in September of each year. The purpose of the Election Board is to supervise, regulate, and conduct all elections of the Susanville Indian Rancheria.
Janet La Marr-Crutcher
The Elder’s Committee is comprised of four tribal member elders. Terms are held for three years. Meetings are held every third Thursday of each month with various other activities during the year. The purpose of the Elder’s Committee is to provide interaction for tribal elders with others within the community as well as developing and maintaining relationships with tribes outside the area. There is no stipend for this committee.
Mervin Lent, Sr. - Chairman
Jean La Marr - Vice-Chair
Pat La Marr - Secretary
Freda Owens - Treasurer
The Enrollment Committee, also known as the Enrollment Application Review Committee (EARC), is comprised of an appointed Tribal Business Council member, the Tribal Enrollment Coordinator, and the Tribal Office Manager. It is their duty to review each application and bring their committee recommendation to the Tribal Business Council for approval or denial. At present, SIR Enrollment has been suspended; applications are not accepted at this time. There is no stipend for this Committee.
Aaron Dixon, Sr.
The Gaming Commission is comprised of five Tribal Gaming Commissioners, none of whom may be members of the Tribal Business Council. Each Gaming Commissioner serves for a term of three years and the terms are staggered so that no more than two commissioners’ terms expire in any one year. The primary purpose of the Tribal Gaming Commission is to reasonably inspect and regulate all Gaming within the jurisdiction of the Tribe; investigate any reported violations of the Gaming Ordinance, the Compact, or any other applicable law regarding Gaming within the jurisdiction of the Tribe; approve / deny licensing applications for employees and vendors of the Diamond Mountain Casino, and to act as the liaison with the National Indian Gaming Commission and the California Division of Gaming Control Commission. Regularly scheduled meetings are held at the Diamond Mountain Casino every other Wednesday but are subject to change. Each member receives a monthly stipend of $750.00.
Higher Education Committee
The Higher Education Committee was formed as a result of the Higher Education Scholarship Program developed by the Tribal Business Council in an effort to provide financial assistance for members pursuing an education beyond high school. The Higher Education Committee consists of the Tribal Chairman, the Tribal Administrator, and the Tribal Enrollment Coordinator. Their purpose is to review all applications for approval or denial and submit approved applications to the Fiscal department for process. There is no stipend for this committee.
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Committee consists of three tribal members and one alternate member, each serving a term of three years. The purpose of the ICWA Committee is to promote the best interest of Indian children in Lassen County in child custody proceedings and offer secure foster family placement that achieves stability and security of the children and families. ICWA meetings are held quarterly as well as personal appearances for various cases located within Lassen County. The ICWA Committee also attends, via phone, for those cases located outside of the tribe’s service area. Each member of this committee receives a stipend of $100.00 per meeting. The Alternate member only receives a stipend when a quorum must be established.
The Land Assignment Committee
At present, anything pertaining to the duties of the Land Assignment Committee has been suspended until another Land Assignment Ordinance is adopted.
Language Focus Group
The Language Focus Group is composed of five tribal community members as well as staff representation of the Language Program Coordinator, the Tribal Historical Preservation Officer, and the Natural Resource Director. The group was formed as a working committee in coordination with a 2009 Language Assessment grant from the Administration for Native Americans to assess the state of our four affiliated traditional languages; the Language Committee (Language Focus Group) provides guidance to the SIR Language Program in reawakening the languages. The term of a seat held is only considered vacant upon death, resignation, or removal of the representative. Each member receives a stipend of $50.00 per meeting.
The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is comprised of five parents of students enrolled at the tribe’s Education Center. The members are selected at the beginning of the school year by the other parents of students attending the Education Center and serve for one year. The Parent Advisory Committee is responsible for the annual planning of programs and activities of the Education Center. The committee also participates in the development of the Education Center’s services. Meetings at present are held quarterly, but are soon to be held monthly at the Education Center at 5:30 p.m. There is no stipend for this committee.
The Pow-Wow Committee is a gathering that reflects upon many important aspects of Native American society. Honoring our Elders and Veterans at this gathering reinforces the values of working together as a family and bonding as a community. It is a place where our young people are exposed to the language, values, traditions, and spirituality of our ancestors. As the drum carries the heartbeat of the Indian nation, and of Mother Earth, and thus calls the spirits and nations together, the dances have a strong personal and spiritual dimension. The regalia that is worn shares a very personal artistic expression of the dancers’ lives, feelings, interests, family, and spiritual quest. The Princess Contest allows young ladies to represent their tribes, communities or cultural groups sharing their knowledge of culture and customs, communication skills, poise and cultural talent. Committee meetings are scheduled at the discretion of this committee. This event is held on the third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of May each year and is open to the public. There is no stipend for this committee.
SIRHA Board of Commissioners:
The Susanville Indian Rancheria Housing Authority (SIRHA) Board of Commissioners consists of a five member board appointed by the Tribal Business Council and is comprised of no more than two Tribal Business Council members. Each Housing Board Commissioner serves for a term of three years and the terms are staggered so that no more than two commissioners’ terms expire in any one year. The purpose of the Housing Board is to oversee the affairs of the SIRHA. Meetings are normally held at the SIRHA Office Conference Room the first and third Mondays of each month. SIRHA meetings are held at the SIRHA office every first and third Monday of every month at 12:00 pm. Each member receives a stipend of $150.00 per meeting.
Mervin Lent, Jr.
SIRCO Board of Directors
Susanville Indian Rancheria Corporation (SIRCO) Board of Directors consists of seven members that shall serve a term of three years. All new members shall be elected by the existing SIRCO Board of Directors with approval of the Tribal Business council. The mission of SIRCO is to establish a strong base of economic diversity that will benefit the present and future Tribal members of the Susanville Indian Rancheria. SIRCO is the business and economic development division of the Susanville Indian Rancheria. It is wholly owned by the Rancheria and includes the Diamond Mountain Casino & Hotel, the Diamond Mountain Mini-Mart, as well as SIRCO Property Management (SPM). SPM is the property and (60) sixty duplex’s in Herlong, CA.