“Examples Of Direct Democracy” – The “Apsáalooke” : Children of the Large Beaked Bird.

Crow Nation of Montana

Governing over the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana, the Crow General Council has been the legally recognized government of the tribe since 1948. The General Council is formed out of all voting-age members of the Tribe. Council members meet biannually to nominate members to various sub-councils. The General Council also has the power to pass legally binding referendums through a 2/3rds vote. The 2002 Constitution somewhat reduced the powers of the General Council through the creation of a distinct Legislative Branch. Under the 1948 Constitution, the General Council created and passed laws. Under the adopted 2002 Constitution, a distinct, elected Legislative Branch creates and passes laws, although the General Council can overturn these or pass its own laws through its referendum and initiative power.

Comments and Questions: As a Student and designer, of New Tribe Cultural Aspects. I find myself very curious as to why the “Apsaalooke” needed to change their constitution, in 2002, to “a distinct and elected Legislative Branch” that “creates” and passes “laws”…that are yet subject to the original (and still functional) “General Council”, composed of “all voting age members of the Tribe”.

Is it that this People felt the need for “better” guidance from a professional cadre? Perhaps under the modern day pressures coming out of being surrounded by the immensely powerful and complex, “United States”?

I can easily imagine that the “Apsaalooke People” really felt a need to, somehow, strengthen their cultural presence, in order to cope with the enveloping nation’s influences? The voluntary “Will Of The Apsalooke People”, maybe was not enough to maintain important self-governance strengths for Their Tribe, or Nation?

Also, I wonder how the “Apsaalooke” developed, or acquired, their new professional cadre?

I wonder if the new “Apsaalooke” Professional Legislative Branch is more Moral, dedicated and trustworthy to this People, than their counterparts in the American Culture?

My gratitude to “Wikepedia”, for providing this excellent information.