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“Complainant” means any qualified person who files an ethics complaint alleging violation of this chapter by an elected official.

“Constituents” means the enrolled Tribal membership. In the case of a Council member, the constituents are the Tribal members who live within that elected official’s district, and in the case of the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson, the constituents are all Tribal members.

“Constitution” means the Constitution of the Yurok Tribe as certified on November 24, 1993.

“Council” means the Yurok Tribal Council.

“Council liaison” means an individual Council member appointed to represent a Tribal department, program or issue within the Council and to Tribal or outside organizations.

“Elected official” means any person elected or appointed to, or otherwise serving on, the Tribal Council.

“Employment” means professional services and other services rendered by an elected official, whether rendered as an employee, consultant, or other independent contractor.

“Ethics complaint” or “complaint” means a complaint filed with the Ethics Review Board alleging violations of this chapter.

“Ethics Review Board” or “Board” means the Ethics Review Board as established in YTC 1.15.410 through 1.15.450.

“GSA” means U.S. General Services Administration.

“Immediate family” means relatives of up to the third degree (first cousin or closer) and the spouse of the relevant person, including the parents, spouse or significant other, children and children’s significant others, sisters, brothers, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, uncles-in-law, nieces-in-law, nephews-in-law, or others raised in the home or residing in the home of the relevant person.

“Moral turpitude” means conduct that is contrary to justice, honesty, or morality or so extreme a departure from ordinary Yurok standards of honesty, good morals, justice or ethics as to be shocking to the moral sense of Yurok people. Moral turpitude shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

(1) Fraud;

(2) Embezzlement;

(3) Extortion;

(4) Theft;

(5) Bribery;

(6) Receiving stolen goods knowing they are stolen;

(7) Perjury;

(8) Child abuse, including physical or sexual abuse;

(9) Contributing to the delinquency of a minor, including sexual relations with a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, production or trafficking of child pornography, or serving or providing illegal drugs or alcohol;

(10) Assault with an intent to kill, commit serious bodily harm, or rape or with a dangerous weapon;

(11) Arson;

(12) Rape;

(13) Murder;

(14) Felony conviction for domestic abuse;

(15) Intentional manufacture, use, or distribution of a controlled substance or drug trafficking; and

(16) Aiding or abetting in the commission of, or attempting to commit, a crime involving moral turpitude.

“Perjury” means deliberately providing materially false or misleading statements or information while under oath or during official proceedings, including Tribal Council meetings.

“Polling” or “poll vote” means an informal vote by Council members outside of the agenda of regularly scheduled Council meetings to determine the general position of Council members on a particular issue, for emergency situations, and as further defined in YTC 1.15.130.

“Presence” means physical presence or presence by electronic means whereby an elected official is able to engage in simultaneous communication and as further defined in YTC 1.15.120.

“Respondent” means any elected official against whom an ethics complaint was filed.

“Tribal equipment” or “equipment” means any equipment or property purchased or acquired with Tribal funds or resources, including Tribal computer or electronic equipment such as desktop computers, laptop computers, electronic tablets, cell phones, voice recorders, and projectors.

“Tribal Secretary” means the Secretary of the Yurok Tribal Council.

“Tribal vehicle” means a vehicle owned by the Tribe or General Services Administration.

“Tribe” or “Tribal” means or refers to the Yurok Tribe.

“Unauthorized use” means the use of Tribal resources or property for any purpose or activity that has not been authorized or sanctioned by Tribal laws or policies. [Ord. 72, renumbered, 2/11/2021; Ord. 32 § 6008, adopted, 9/5/2013. Formerly 1.15.060.]