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(a) Eligibility. Any enrolled Tribal member or Tribal employee at least 18 years of age may file an ethics complaint alleging violations of this chapter. Elected officials shall report any violation of this chapter and such report will proceed as a complaint.

(b) Filing Procedures. The complainant shall file the complaint with Council support staff. Council support staff shall provide the complainant a verification of receipt and forward copies of the complaint to the Ethics Review Board members.

(c) Form of Complaint. The complaint must be in writing and the Ethics Review Board may specify a standard complaint form. Contents of the complaint shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Complainant’s name, and official title, if any;

(2) Respondent’s name and official title;

(3) Date(s) of the alleged violation;

(4) Specific alleged violations of this chapter;

(5) Supporting documentation, if any, substantiating and supporting the complaint;

(6) Name of any person who may be a witness to the complaint; and

(7) Signature of the complainant.

(d) Improper Complaint. The Ethics Review Board shall not accept any complaint that is not properly filed, or is deemed insufficient by the Board.

(e) Responding to Ethics Complaint. The Ethics Review Board shall serve the respondent with a copy of the complaint within five working days after the complaint is received by the Ethics Review Board. The respondent shall have 10 working days after receiving the ethics complaint to file a response to the alleged violations. If the Board determines that a complaint has merit, the Board shall proceed with the ethics investigation even if the respondent fails to file a response. The Board may, upon a reasonable demonstration of cause by the respondent, extend the 10-day deadline for filing a response, but an extension shall not be granted for more than 20 days from the date on which the respondent is served with the complaint.

(f) Statute of Limitations. The Ethics Review Board shall not consider any complaint alleging an ethics violation that occurred more than one year prior to the date the alleged violation was discovered. Any such complaint shall be dismissed by the Board. [Ord. 72, renumbered, 2/11/2021; Ord. 32 § 6602, adopted, 9/5/2013. Formerly 1.15.400.]