Affirmed by Resolution
No. 09-03-03 dated
Tribal Government Code Of Conduct
Ordinance No. 09-03-03
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Article I. Title and Purpose
Article II. Principles
Article III. Conflict of Interest
Article IV. Fiduciary Duty
Article V. Dual Capacities as Tribal Official and Tribal Employee
Article VI. Miscellaneous
Article VII. Implementation and Compliance
Article VIII. Sanctions and Penalties
SECTION 101. TITLE
This document shall be referred to as the “Tribal Government Code of Conduct” for the Pit River Tribe. (Code of Conduct)
SECTION 102. PURPOSE
(A) The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to set forth standards by which Tribal government officials will conduct themselves in order to protect and promote Tribal integrity and to enhance the ability of the Tribe to achieve its objectives in a manner consistent with all applicable laws and regulations.
(B) The Code of Conduct is intended to guide and direct all Tribal government officials in dealing with situations they may encounter while in office. The Code provides assistance in making right choices when confronted with difficult decisions.
(C) The Code of Conduct applies to all Tribal government officials, and management level employees. Throughout this Chapter, each and every reference to Tribal government officials includes all management level employees, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
(1) “Tribal government official” means any person holding an elective or appointed office in any government body of the Pit River Tribe.
(2) “Government body” means any branch, entity, enterprise, authority, division, department, office, commission, council, board, bureau, committee, legislative body, agency and any establishment of the executive, administrative or legislative function of the Pit River Tribe.
SECTION 201. CONDUCT IN CONFORMITY WITH APPLICABLE RULES AND LAWS
(A) The actions of Tribal government officials reflect their commitment to conduct all of the Tribes activities in an honest, ethical and professional manner in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and with Tribal policies.
(B) Tribal government officials shall at all times conduct themselves so as to reflect credit upon the Tribal members and government, and comply with all applicable laws of the Pit River Tribe with respect to their conduct in the performance of the duties of their respective office or employment.
SECTION 202. EQUAL REPRESENTATION
(A) Tribal government officials shall represent the interests of all members of the Pit River Tribe and not serve special interests inside or outside of the Tribe. If a matter is specific to a band, then that official shall represent the interests of all band members and not special interests inside or outside of the Tribe.
(B) To fully represent the interests of the Tribe, Tribal government officials shall:
(1) Not engage in any business activity that they believe is unethical or illegal;
(2) Refuse any illegal offers, solicitations, payments, or other remuneration to induce business opportunities;
(3) Refuse any offer that has the appearance of being an illegal or inappropriate offer, solicitation, payment or remuneration.
SECTION 203. INTEGRITY
Tribal government officials shall not use their position and/or Tribal resources to serve their own personal, financial, or business interests.
SECTION 204. CONFIDENTIALITY
To respect the privacy of Tribal employees, clients and Tribal members, Tribal government officials shall not use or disclose confidential information gained in the course of or by reason of their official position or activities, to further their own economic and personal interest or that of anyone else.
SECTION 205. RESPONSIBILITY
(A) Tribal government officials shall respect the laws that govern the operation of the Tribe and the treatment of Tribal members.
(B) The actions of Tribal government officials reflect their commitment to conduct Tribal activities in an honest, ethical and professional manner. In carrying out their responsibilities, Tribal government officials shall:
(1) Adhere to both the letter and the spirit of applicable Tribal, federal, and state laws and regulations;
(2) Maintain high standards of business and ethical conduct in accordance with applicable federal, Tribal and state laws and regulations, including laws and regulations dealing with fraud, waste and abuse;
(3) Be truthful and straightforward in dealing with other government agencies;
(4) Maintain a workplace free of discrimination, harassment, violence and intimidation, and that is drug-free, as required by law. Tribal government officials shall not tolerate any form of threatening or abusive behavior under a zero-tolerance policy;
(5) Follow Indian preference in employment as allowed by law in accordance with Tribal policies.
SECTION 206. COMPETENCE
(A) Tribal government officials shall perform their duties by making informed decisions in good faith and in a manner believed to be in the best interests of the Tribe.
(B) To maintain confidence in the Tribal government, such officials shall:
(1) Practice good faith in all transactions occurring during the course of business;
(2) Deal openly, effectively, and honestly with fellow Tribal government officials, employees, Tribal members, contractors, government agencies and others;
(3) Conduct business dealings in a manner such that the Tribe shall be the beneficiary of such dealings;
(4) Make educated decisions based on sufficient inquiry and accurate information.
SECTION 207. ACCOUNTABILITY
(A) Tribal government officials are bound by this Code of Conduct and shall address behavior inconsistent with this Code in an effective and efficient manner as set forth in this Code.
(B) Tribal government officials will adhere to the Code of Conducts principles by:
(1) Becoming familiar with this Code of Conduct and the policies and procedures applicable to Tribal government officials;
(2) Providing open communication channels to allow Tribal members and employees to pursue compliance or ethical questions without fear of retaliation;
(3) Immediately reporting any suspected violations of this Code of Conduct or of any applicable law or regulation, as set forth herein for investigation either through established administrative channels or to the Tribal Ethics Officer;
(4) Not taking any disciplinary action or otherwise retaliate in any form against any Tribal member or employee, who, in good faith, reports a concern, issue, problem, or violation of the law, regulations or the Code of Conduct. “Good faith” means that there is an objective basis for the allegation and does not require definitive proof.
(5) Take alleged violations and suspected violations seriously, as they could delay, compromise, or otherwise impair the services the Tribe provides.
SECTION 301. CONFLICT OF INTEREST:
(A) No Tribal government official shall use, or attempt to use, any official or apparent authority of their office or duties which places, or could reasonably be perceived as placing their private economic gain or that of any special business interests with which they are associated, before those of the Tribal membership, whose paramount interests their office or employment is intended to serve.
(B) It is the intent of this Chapter that Tribal government officials of the Pit River Tribe avoid any action, whether or not specifically prohibited by the Code of Conduct set out herein, which could result in, or create the appearance of:
(1) Using public office for private gain;
(2) Giving preferential treatment to any special interest organization or person;
(3) Impeding governmental efficiency or economy;
(4) Losing or compromising complete independence or impartiality of actions;
(5) Making a government decision outside official channels;
(6) Adversely affecting the confidence of the Tribal members in the integrity of the government of the Pit River Tribe.
(C) No employee, officer, or agent shall participate in the selection, or in the award or administration of a contract supported by Federal funds and/or Tribal funds, if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, would be involved.
(D) A conflict of interest shall be deemed to arise for purposes of this section when the elected official or any member of their immediate family, or an organization or firm which employs such official, director, executive staff employee or family member has a financial or other interest in the firm or person selected for the contract or grant award.
SECTION 302. ANTI-NEPOTISM
(A) No Tribal government official shall employ, elect, appoint or otherwise cause to be employed, nor nominate or otherwise influence the appointment or employment to any Tribal office or position with the Pit River Tribe or any governmental or political subdivision thereof, any person or persons in their immediate family, nor any member of the same household as said public official or public employee.
(B) Assignment of such persons to duties, positions, governmental offices or other entities shall in all instances be made in strict compliance with the current provisions of this Law and Order Code and the Tribe’s Personnel Policies Manual.
(C) “Immediate family” includes husband, wife, father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, first-cousin, and in-laws (mother, father, son, daughter, brother and sister).
SECTION 303. CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENTS AND OFFICIAL ACTION
(A) Disclosure: It is the premise that all Tribal Officials that are elected or selected and Tribal employees who have interests which might conflict with their duties, should divulge those interests. Disclosure shall also extend to those interests held by his/her immediate family.
(B) When a Tribal government official or a management employee is required to take official action on a matter in which such Tribal government official has a personal economic interest, they should first consider eliminating that interest. If that is not feasible nor required under this Code, such Tribal government official shall:
(1) Prepare and sign a written statement describing the matter requiring action and the nature of the potential conflict, as soon as such Tribal government official is aware of the responsible party for inclusion in the official record of any vote or other decision or determination;
(2) Abstain from voting, sponsoring, influencing or in any manner attempting to influence any vote, official decision or determination which would favor or advance such person’s personal economic interest in such matter; and
(3) Abstain from voting or otherwise participating in the official decision or determination of such matter, unless otherwise legally required by law (such as the vote of an elected band representative cast on behalf of his or her band), or unless such person’s vote, position, recommendation or participation is contrary to their personal economic interest.
(C) Unless otherwise provided by applicable law, the abstention by such person from voting or otherwise participating in the official determination or decision shall not affect the presence of such person for purposes of establishing a quorum necessary for a governmental body.
SECTION 401. ECONOMIC INTERESTS
(A) To avoid using governmental positions to serve their own personal, financial, or business interests, Tribal government officials shall:
(1) Not participate in governmental decisions in which they have a business, financial, or professional interest outside of the Tribe or the band which they represent.
(2) No Tribal government official shall accept or receive any benefit, income, favor or other form of compensation for performing the official duties of their office or employment, beyond the amount or value which is authorized and received in their official capacity for performing such duties.
(3) Not solicit, or offer anything of value in the course of business dealings;
(4) Avoid using the Tribe’s resources to their own personal, financial, or business interests. Tribal government officials shall utilize authorized employees and staff only for the official purposes for which they are employed or otherwise retained.
(5) No Tribal government official, however, shall accept any benefit, income, favor or other form of compensation for the performance of the duties of any other office or employment not actually performed or for which such official or employee is not otherwise properly authorized or entitled to receive.
(6) Strictly prohibit kickback, bribes, rebates or any kind of benefits intended to induce business benefits.
(7) Report reimbursable expenses accurately and to only one source; and avoid receiving any financial gain as a result of business travel or entertainment.
(8) Tribal government officials shall not:
a. Use supplies and services in a manner that avoids waste or abuse. Be responsible and accountable for the proper use of all Tribal property and equipment entrusted in their care.
b. No Tribal government official shall use any property of the Pit River Tribe or any other public property of any kind for other than as authorized and approved for official purposes and activities. Such persons shall properly protect and conserve all such property, equipment and supplies which are so entrusted, assigned or issued to them.
(9) Tribal government officials shall not engage in, directly or indirectly, financial or other economic transactions as a result of, or primarily depending upon, information obtained through their public office or employment; nor acquire any economic or other financial property, contractual or other economic interest at a time when they believe or have reason to believe, that it will directly and substantially affect or be so affected by their official actions or duties.
SECTION 402. TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS: RESTRICTIONS AND BID REQUIREMENTS
(A) No tribal government official shall participate in the selection or in the award or administration of a contract or grant award of funds from any government agency, if a conflict of interest, real or apparent, shall be involved.
(B) No Tribal government official or any member of such person’s immediate family shall be a party to, nor have an interest in the profits or benefits of, any government contract of the Pit River Tribe or of any investment of funds of the Pit River Tribe, unless the contract or the investment meets the following requirements:
(1) The contract is let by notice and competitive bid or procurement procedures as required under the applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies of the Pit River Tribe, for necessary materials or services for the governmental agency or entity involved; and
(2) In the continuous course of business, the bid was commenced before the Tribal government official assumed their current term of office or employment; and
(3) The entire transaction is conducted at arm’s length, with the governmental agency’s full knowledge of the interest of the Tribal government official or a member of their immediate family; and
(4) The Tribal government official has taken no part in the determination of the specifications, deliberations or decisions of a governmental agency with respect to the public contract.
(C) This provision shall not apply to such persons qualifying for housing benefits from the Tribe or for medical benefits from the Indian Health Service or other programs available to all Tribal members.
SECTION 403. GIFTS, AWARDS, LOANS, REIMBURSEMENTS AND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS
(A) Except as otherwise provided herein or by applicable rule or regulation adopted hereunder by the Pit River Tribe, or by other applicable law, no Tribal government official shall solicit or accept for themselves or another, any gift, including economic opportunity, favor, service, or loan (other than from a regular lending institution on generally available terms) or any other benefit of an aggregate monetary value of one hundred dollars ($100.00) or more in any calendar year, from any person, organization or group which:
(1) Has, or is seeking to obtain, contractual or other business or financial relationships or approval from any governmental office or entity with which the Tribal government official is associated or employed; or
(2) Conducts operations or activities which are regulated or in any manner supervised by any governmental office or entity with which the Tribal government official is associated or employed; or
(3) Has any interest which, within two (2) years, has been directly involved with, or affected by, the performance or nonperformance of any official act or duty of such Tribal government official or of the government office or entity with which the Tribal government official is associated or employed or which the Tribal government official knows or has reason to believe is likely to be so involved or affected.
(B) The restrictions in Section 403(A) (above) shall not be construed to prohibit:
(1) An occasional non-pecuniary gift, insignificant in value;
(2) Gifts from and obviously motivated by family or social relationships, as among immediate family members or family inheritances;
(3) Food and refreshments customarily made available in the ordinary course of meetings where a Tribal government official may properly be in attendance;
(4) An award or honor customarily and publicly presented in recognition of public service.
SECTION 501. EMPLOYMENT POLICY
Subject to the restrictions and conditions set forth in this Code, Tribal government officials are free to engage in employment with the Tribe to the same extent as the general public. The Pit River Tribe may, however, adopt further approved restrictions upon such transactions or employment as authorized herein and by other applicable laws of the Pit River Tribe, in light of special circumstances or the particular duties of the Tribal government official.
SECTION 502. DEFINITIONS
(A) The term “employment,” within the meaning of this section includes professional services and other services rendered by a Tribal government official or a management employee, whether rendered as an employee, consultant, or other independent contractor.
(B) “Dual capacity at any meeting” means that a Tribal official is attending a meeting regarding the government body in which they are employed. For example, a Tribal Council member attending a Tribal Council meeting regarding environmental regulations, that is also employed in the Tribe’s environmental division, is serving in a dual capacity at that particular meeting.
(C) “Honorarium” is defined as an honorary or free gift; a gratuitous payment, as distinguished from hire or compensation for service. A payment of money or anything of value made to a person for services rendered for which fees cannot legally or are not traditionally made.
(D) “Income” means all income from whatever source derived, including but not limited to the following items: compensation for services, including fees, commissions, and similar items.
SECTION 502. ABSTAIN FROM VOTING
(A) A Council person serving in a dual capacity at any meeting shall abstain from voting or otherwise participating in the official decision or determination of such matter.
(B) Unless otherwise provided by applicable law, the abstention by such person from voting or otherwise participating in the official determination or decision shall not affect the presence of such person for purposes of establishing a quorum necessary for a governmental body to take such action or vote upon such matter.
SECTION 503. COMPENSATION
(A) A Tribal Council member may receive income, honoraria or reimbursement of expenses attributable to the performance of duties during a duly called Tribal Council meeting or government function.
(B) Tribal government officials cannot receive double compensation as an employee and council member. No honorarium shall be paid to any Tribal Council member who is paid a salary directly by any Tribal government body for attending a meeting in which they are not entitled to vote or participate. Therefore, income shall not be paid to a council member who holds such dual capacity at any meeting. However, if a Council person attends a meeting that does not address their Tribal employment agency, that person may receive all honorariums.
(C) In lieu of receiving the Tribal honorarium, Tribal government officials have the option to decline their employment income for the time they attending a meeting.
(D) This section shall not be construed to prohibit the receipt of authorized compensation for the performance of other distinct and lawful duties by Tribal government officials or management employees. In those instances, Tribal government officials may receive a salary and honoraria (For example, a Council person, who is also a Casino employee, representing the Tribe by speaking at a public event outside of the Tribes territory regarding Indian gaming).
(E) In all other situations, Tribal government officials may receive a second honorarium if it is received from a non-Tribal organization. If a second honorarium is received from another Tribal organization or federal agency, the honorarium from the Tribe shall be returned to the Tribe.
SECTION 601. DEBTS OWED TO THE PIT RIVER TRIBE
(A) All elected/selected/appointed officials delinquent in debt(s) of six (6) months or more to the Tribe and who have not made reasonable arrangements for payment of said debt(s) shall be brought to the attention of the Tribal Council by the Tribal Treasurer; and,
(B) Shall be removed or suspended immediately from his/her respective official capacities by a vote of at least six (6) Council members and shall be given the full opportunity to reply to any and all charges at a designated Council meeting; and provided further that the official shall have been given a written statement of the charges against him/her five (5) days before the meeting at which time he/she is to be given the opportunity to reply; and
(C) Shall not have the privilege of serving as a Tribal representative until actual payment in FULL of their outstanding debt(s) has been made.
(D) It shall be the responsibility of the Tribal Treasurer to notify the official delinquent in debt of their removal or suspension by Council action.
(E) Any Tribal member, singularly or a party to, being delinquent in debt(s) of six (6) months or more to the Tribe and who have not made reasonable arrangements for payment of said debt(s) shall not be awarded new contracts, subcontracts, or any moneymaking ventures until:
(1) Delinquent debt(s) is satisfied in full, or
(2) If the Tribal Treasurer notifies the awarding committee that a debtor applying for a contract, subcontract, or any moneymaking ventures, has paid fifty percent (50 %) of his/her debt (s) to the Tribe, that debtor is eligible to compete for contracts, subcontracts, or any moneymaking ventures, and if awarded a contract, subcontract, or moneymaking venture, he/she shall sign a statement authorizing the deduction of a minimum of fifteen percent (15%) (off the top) of the contract to be paid TOWARD the delinquent debt(s).
SECTION 602. AMENDMENTS TO THE GOVERNMENTAL CODE OF CONDUCT
(A) The Tribal Chairperson, Tribal administrator or department director of every governmental entity of the Pit River Tribe which is subject to the provisions of this Code, is authorized to submit for approval and adoption by the Tribal Council such supplemental rules, regulations and standards of conduct for the public officials and employees of such entity, which are necessary and appropriate to the special conditions relating to their particular functions, purposes and duties and not in conflict with the purposes and other provisions of this Law and Order Code.
(B) Upon adoption, such supplemental standards, rules and regulations shall be implemented in the same manner and to the extent applicable, as are all other standards, rules and regulations and shall be implemented in the same manner and to the extent applicable, as are all other standards, rules and regulations provided and adopted in accordance with this Law and Order Code.
SECTION 701. ETHICS OFFICER
There is hereby created a position entitled “Pit River Tribal Ethics Officer” (Ethics Officer) who shall be appointed by the Tribal Council to serve a term of one year, beginning and ending on the same dates as other terms of office. The Ethics Officer shall have only those duties set forth in this Section.
SECTION 702. FILING OF COMPLAINTS
The Ethics Officer may initiate and/or receive review and/or investigate complaints filed with the Ethics Officer. Each complaint shall contain a statement of the alleged misconduct, including any section of the Tribal Government Code of Conduct alleged to have been violated, or other alleged disability and the alleged facts upon which such charges are based.
SECTION 703. NOTICE
The Ethics Officer shall also issue to the government official a written notice containing a statement of alleged misconduct, including any section of the Tribal Government Code of Conduct alleged to have been violated, or other alleged disability. The notice shall state alleged facts upon which such charges are based.
SECTION 704. DETERMINATION TO PROCEED
(A) Within ten days (10) upon receipt of complaint, the Ethics Officer shall investigate the allegations in the complaint. If the Ethics Officer finds sufficient cause to proceed, the Ethics Officer shall conduct non-adjudicatory administrative hearings to determine violations or noncompliance with this Code.
(B) If the investigation brings forth violations of a minor nature or a situation that is subject to administrative remedies, the record of the investigation shall so state. Administrative remedies shall mean those internal controls of program management.
(C) If the investigation indicates violations of a serious nature that are prosecutable in a court of competent jurisdiction, the Ethics Officer shall proceed directly with his investigative reports to the Tribal court system or if the situation indicates, to the Tribal Prosecutor for prosecution.
(D) Upon recommendation of the Ethics Officer, the Tribal Council may dismiss any complaint which the Tribal Council determines has insufficient facts to constitute a violation of noncompliance to this Code, or if there is insufficient evidence to support the allegations.
SECTION 705. RESPONSE TO NOTICE
Within five (5) working days after receipt of the complaint, the accused officer shall file a written response setting forth any admission, denial, affirmative defense, ore other matter upon which they intend to rely on at the hearing.
SECTION 706. ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
(A) A hearing on allegations of nondisclosure shall be scheduled within fifteen (15) days after it has been presented. The Tribal Council, in the capacity of a quasi-juridical body, shall conduct administrative adjudicatory hearings on any alleged violation of noncompliance.
(B) The Ethics Officer shall be charged with the responsibility of representing the Pit River Tribe in bringing forth all complaints filed under this Code. The Ethics Officer shall act in the capacity of complainant on matters to be heard by the Tribal Council.
(C) The defendant should be given notice; particularly defining the allegations and by whom. The burden of proof will rest with the accuser. Due process requires that the accused has the right to be represented, present testimony and cross-examine witnesses and his/her accuser.
(D) All hearings shall follow rules of procedures and evidence established and adopted by the Tribal Council. Presentation of the evidence requesting circumstances for offenses shall be presented at a regularly scheduled Tribal Council meeting wherein a majority vote shall be obtained for subject’s suspension.
(E) In any complaint where the accused is the Tribal Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Recording Secretary or Sergeant of Arms, the Tribal Council, upon completion of the adjudicatory administrative hearing, shall deliberate in executive session and by resolution render its findings of facts, conclusions of law and recommendations for sanction. Said findings, conclusions and recommendations shall be forwarded to the Pit River Tribal Council during its next regular or special session for final adoption of sanction.
SECTION 707. ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION
(A) A majority vote of a quorum duly seated shall be required to make a determination.
(B) The hearing body may impose or recommend any sanctions, civil damages, restitution; or other penalties provided in this Code; or refer their findings to other appropriate entities for action.
(C) In any complaint where the accused is a public employee or otherwise appointed under the supervisory authority of the Tribal Council, the finding of facts, conclusions of law and sanction, if any, by the Tribal Council shall be final for purposes of judicial review. Judicial review shall be limited to review of the record to determine whether the Tribal Council complied with recognized administrative law standards.
(D) (3) Location of the repository of such records shall be the responsibility of the Tribal Secretary’s approval.
SECTION 708. APPEALS
(A) A notice of appeal shall be filed within ten (10) working days of the issuance of a written decision. The hearing shall be on the record only.
(B) The Pit River Tribal Court shall have de novo jurisdiction to hear appeals from final decisions of the Tribal Council involving Tribal government officials. The standard of review shall be recognized administrative law standards.
(C) The Pit River Tribal Court shall have a record of the review of all other non-adjudicatory and adjudicatory hearings conducted by either the Ethics Officer or the Tribal Council.
SECTION 709. STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
No action shall be brought under this Code by the Ethics Officer before the Tribal Council more than four (4) years after cause of action as accrued.
SECTION 710. RETALIATION PROHIBITED
(A) Retaliation against any party or witness to a complaint shall be prohibited. Retaliation shall include any form of adverse or punitive action.
(B) This protection shall also be afforded to any person(s), including the Ethics Office staff, offering testimony or evidence or complying with directives authorized under this Code.
(C) Any violations shall be subject to penalties under this Code, as well as obstruction and contempt violations of both the civil and criminal codes of the Pit River Tribe.
SECTION 801. GENERAL PENALTIES UNDER THIS CODE
(A) A person found in violation of this mandate shall be further subject to, and personally liable for, the following provisions, without regard to the imposition of any administrative sanction or criminal conviction:
(1) Any Tribal government official who violates any economic disclosure or reporting requirement of this Code shall be held liable to the Pit River Tribe for civil damages in any amount not to exceed the value of any interest not properly reported.
(2) Any Tribal government official who realizes an economic benefit as a result of violation of any prohibition or restriction set forth in this Code, shall be liable to the Pit River Tribe for civil damages in the amount not exceeding three (3) times the amount or value of the benefit or benefits so obtained.
(3) If two (2) or more persons are responsible for any violation, each of them shall be liable to the Pit River Tribe for the full amount of any civil damages prescribed herein, the full amount of which may be imposed upon and collected from each of them individually.
(B) Any civil penalties imposed hereunder shall be collected in any manner authorized for recovery of debts or obligations owed to the Pit River Tribe and shall be paid into the general fund of the Tribe.
(C) No imposition of any or all civil damages provided herein shall be a bar to institution of any civil, criminal or misdemeanor action, liability, judgment, conviction or punishment otherwise applicable hereto, nor shall determination of any such civil damages be barred thereby.
(D) In addition to the other penalties in this Chapter, the following fines shall also be imposed:
(1) Loss of per diem/salary for five (5) days if contract value is less than $100.00.
(2) Loss of per diem/salary for ten (10) days if contract value is less than $500.00.
(3) Referral for possible removal if contract value is over $500.00.
SECTION 802. ADMINISTRATIVE SANCTIONS
(A) Upon a finding that there has been a violation of any provisions of this Code, the Tribal Council may impose any or all of the following penalties or sanctions:
(1) Issuance of a private reprimand to such person, with or without suspension of any or all other sanctions provided herein.
(2) Issuance of a written public reprimand, which shall be entered into such person’s permanent record of employment or office and upon the permanent record of the public office or entity of which such person is a member or employee, according to provisions of applicable Pit River Tribe Tribal laws and procedures.
(3) Accordingly, any public employee of the Pit River Tribe shall be subject to discipline, including suspension without pay or other benefits and dismissal as provided by other laws, regulations and personnel policies, or procedures applicable thereto.
(4) Suspension from public office or employment and forfeiture of all compensation and benefits accruing there from, for not less than thirty (30) days nor for more than one (1) year.
(5) Removal, discharge or termination from public office or employment in accordance with applicable Tribal law and procedure.
(B) No sanctions or penalties provided herein shall limit any other powers of the Tribal Council or Tribal Courts of the Pit River Tribe, nor of any other entity or administrative officials or employees under other applicable law, rules, regulations or procedures.
(C) All penalties and/or sanctions shall be in addition to the fines established in Section 801(B).
(D) Suspension. No person accused of violations under the provisions of this chapter shall be removed from his/her office or position until those allegations have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of competent jurisdiction within the parameters of due process as mandated by the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.
(E) Temporary Suspension. A person so accused may be suspended from his/her position with or without pay until such time guilt or innocence has been established. If the allegations are not substantiated, the person/defendant should be restored to their full official duties and responsibilities. In those cases where allegations have resulted in prosecution and conviction, and after exhaustion of all appeals, the person/defendant shall, upon conviction, immediately forfeit his/her position. Elected or selected officials of the Pit River Tribe, who have been convicted under the provisions of this chapter, may be subjected to the provisions of Vacancies, Removal and Recall as set forth in the Election Ordinances, if they do not voluntarily relinquish their positions.