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It is the intention of the Council that the provisions of this chapter be construed and applied in each instance to require elected officials to make decisions and actions free from undue influence, conflicts of interest, or other inappropriate and unethical behavior. Elected officials shall be guided by the following principles, detailed in the Preamble of the Constitution, in their behavior:

(a) Preserve forever the survival of our Tribe and protect it from forces which may threaten its existence;

(b) Uphold and protect our Tribal sovereignty which has existed from time immemorial and which remains undiminished;

(c) Reclaim the Tribal land base within the Yurok Reservation and enlarge the Reservation boundaries to the maximum extent possible within the ancestral lands of our Tribe and/or within any compensatory land area;

(d) Preserve and promote our culture, language, and religious beliefs and practices, and pass them on to our children, our grandchildren, and to their children and grandchildren on, forever;

(e) Provide for the health, education, economy, and social wellbeing of our members and future members;

(f) Restore, enhance, and manage the Tribal fishery, Tribal water rights, Tribal forests, and all other natural resources;

(g) Ensure peace, harmony, and protection of individual human rights among our members and among others who may come within the jurisdiction of our Tribal government;

(h) Ensure all Tribal laws and ordinances are upheld and enforced;

(i) Apply the fines, sanctions, and other penalties detailed in this chapter to violations under this chapter; and

(j) Not apply this chapter retroactively to any fines, sanctions, or violations that are imposed or occur prior to enactment of the ordinance codified in this chapter. [Ord. 72, amended, 2/11/2021; Ord. 32 § 6004, adopted, 9/5/2013.]