UPDATE: Lambert calls Grand Council
Late Tuesday night April 11, Principal Chief Patrick Lambert announced on Facebook that he has called for Grand Council for all Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians enrolled members.
Grand Council has not been called since 1996 and only once in the past 38 years. The vote will supersede any decision, in this case Lambert’s impeachment, that Tribal Council or the executive office does.
In response to Tribal Council’s impeachment hearing date set for April 20, Lambert issued a Grand Council two days before on April 18 at Cherokee High School’s gym at 1 p.m.
Lambert said he talked with Cherokee Elders, and the overall consensus was to call the Grand Council.
“I’ve listened, and I’m taking action,” he wrote. “There has been a loud chorus of voices who have encouraged me to take the question of Council’s attempt to impeach me…to the People!”
All tribal employees who wish to attend will receive admin leave, and Lambert encourages other employers grant their employees time off for the event.
“It is not often that the people get a chance to vote, to pass, to uphold or to overturn a law or an action of Tribal Council…but this is your chance to let your voice be heard and your vote to count,” Lambert wrote.
Read coverage on Tribal Council's April 6 meeting when they set a date for an impeachment hearing in this week's issue of Smoky Mountain Times.