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Isleta Business Corporation Wants Changes to Isleta Law

The Board of Directors for the Isleta Business Corporation (IBC) are asking for two (2) critical changes to a tribal ordinance that controls how the IBC operates. A prior Council created the IBC on December 30, 2010. The IBC is responsible for managing multiple tribal enterprises and millions of dollars for the Pueblo.

First, the IBC Board of Directors want to eliminate their obligation to record their board meetings verbatim. According to IBC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chip R. Martin, “it’s an administrative burden” for them to record their board meetings because sometimes their meetings last two or three hours.

Second, the IBC Board of Directors want authority to conduct their board meetings off the reservation. Currently, a tribal ordinance requires all IBC board meetings to occur on the rez. Martin told the Council that the Tribe’s ordinance is too restrictive and prevents them from meeting with companies located off the rez. The IBC wants the authority to conduct their meetings off the rez at locations they choose.

So, on July 31, 2014, the IBC submitted a proposed resolution that would:

1. Abolish the requirement for the IBC to record board meetings verbatim; &
2. Eliminate their obligation to conduct their board meetings on the rez.

Currently, the Board of Directors for the IBC are:

Jim Fitting, Chairman of the Board;
Michael Paquin, Vice-Chairman of the Board;
Harold Culbertson;
Jessica Jaramillo; &
Robert Lucero.

The Isleta Tribal Council did not discuss the IBC’s proposed changes. The Council wanted time to review IBC’s proposed resolution. So, the Council did not take any action during their July 31st meeting.


By Christopher Abeita


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  1. I don’t think this will help us get us anywhere close to recouping our losses. I see it as just another way to not be accountable to THE PEOPLE. Its a shame. So much for future generations to come!

    1. Christopher Abeita

      Eliminating the requirement to record board meetings makes no sense. You’re correct, the Board of Directors for IBC would be able to avoid accountability for their decisions.

  2. How unprofessional but I bet those who are making the big bucks are laughing all the way to the bank. Chagrin at the people’s expense.

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