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The Council is authorized by the Preamble of the Constitution to “Insure peace, harmony, and protection of individual human rights among our members and among other members who may come within the jurisdiction of our Tribal government.”

The ordinance codified in this chapter has been adopted by the Council after careful thought and consideration pursuant to the Constitution of the Yurok Tribe in which the power and authority granted under Article IV, Section 5(a) states that the Council may “enact legislation, rules, and regulations not inconsistent with this constitution to further the objectives of the Yurok Tribe…”

This chapter is in accordance with Article VIII of the Constitution, which states “All elected and appointed officials shall take the following oath: “I, (state your name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will uphold and defend the Constitution, sovereignty and traditions of the Yurok Tribe, and I will perform the duties of my office with honesty and fidelity. I further swear (or affirm) that I will devote my best efforts to help the Yurok Tribe achieve its objectives as stated in the Preamble of the Constitution.” [Ord. 72, amended, 2/11/2021; Ord. 32 § 6002, adopted, 9/5/2013.]