Blue Lake Rancheria Ordinances

Table of Contents Updated: July 2015

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Table of Contents

Court Rules

Rules Of Pleading, Practice, And Procedure
Amendment: Rules of Pleading, Practice, and Procedure
Attorney Conduct Rules
Rules Of Evidence
Juvenile Court Rules [Reserved]
Tribal Clerk Conduct

Ordinances

Air Quality Ordinance (No. 00-01)*
§1. Findings and Declarations
§2. Definitions
§3. Jurisdiction
§4. Burn Permit
§5. Energy Efficient and Low Emission Stove and Heating System Program
§6. Notice to Tribal EPA
§7. Clean-up and Abatement
§8. Authorized Activities of the Tribal EPA
§9. Prohibited Activities
§10. Enforcement Process
§11. Civil Penalties
§12. Civil Damages and/or Injunctive Actions
§13. Environmental Protection Fund
§14. Effect of Ordinance on Other Tribal Ordinances
§15. Severability
§16. Sovereign Immunity
§17. Amendments
§18. Effective Date

Building and Zoning Ordinance (No. 88-02)
Section 1.
Section 2. PURPOSE
Section 3. MOBILE HOMES PERMITTED
Section 4. SET BACK REQUIREMENTS
Section 5. FLOOD PLAIN ZONING
GENERAL PROVISIONS
PERMITS
APPEALS

Building and Zoning Ordinance (No. 95-08)
Section 1. JURISDICTION
Section 2. PURPOSE
Section 3. MOBILE HOME PERMITTED
Section 4. NEW CONSTRUCTION PERMITS
Section 5. SET BACK REQUIREMENTS
Section 6. FLOOD PLAIN ZONING
GENERAL PROVISIONS
PERMITS

Contracts Code & Contract Dispute Adjudication Ordinance (No. 07-02)
Section 1. Findings and Declarations
Section 2. Adoption of Contracts Code
Section 3. Severability
Section 4. Repeal
Section 5. Effective Date

Election Ordinance (No. 91-02)
Section 1. Election Officials
Section 2. Types of Election
Section 3. Qualifications for Business Council Members
Section 4. Nomination Procedure
Section 5. Eligibility of Voters
Section 6. Registration, Eligibility to Register, Registrar
Section 7. Notices
Section 8. Election Board
Section 9. Election Procedure, Ballot Count, Certification
Section 10. Referendum, Initiative, Recall and Constitution Amendment
Section 11. Petitions
Section 12. Miscellaneous

Election Ordinance Amended (No. 08-01)
Section 1. Election Officials
Section 2. Types of Election
Section 3. Qualifications for Business Council Members
Section 4. Nomination Procedure
Section 5. Eligibility of Voters
Section 6. Registration, Eligibility to Register, Registrar
Section 7. Notices
Section 8. Election Board
Section 9. Election Procedure, Ballot Count, Certification
Section 10. Referendum, Initiative, Recall and Constitution Amendment
Section 11. Petitions
Section 12. Miscellaneous

Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance (No. 03-01)
Title 1: Definitions
Title 2: Unlawful Employment Discrimination
Section 201. Discrimination Prohibited
Section 202. Indian Preference
Section 203. Gender-based Clothing Requirements
Section 204. Sexual Harassment
Title 3: Prohibition of Age Discrimination
Section 301. Unlawful Employer Practices
Section 302. Lawful Practices
Section 303. Exceptions
Section 304. Age Limits
Section 305. Continuation of Employment Beyond Usual Retirement Date
Title 4: Equal Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities
Section 401. Discrimination
Section 402. Medical Examinations and Inquiries
Section 403. Prohibited and Acceptable Examinations and Inquiries
Section 404. Illegal use of Drugs and Alcohol
Section 405. Prohibition Against Retaliation and Coercion
Section 406. Limitations
Section 407. Pregnancy
Title 5: Enforcement
Section 501. Tribe is Sole Governmental Power Empowered to Enforce this Ordinance

Environmental Policy Ordinance (No. 00-02)*
§1. Declaration of Purpose
§2. Definitions
§3. Jurisdiction
§4. Assessment of the Environmental Impacts of Proposed Activities
§5. Effect of Ordinance on Other Tribal Ordinances
§6. Severability
§7. Sovereign Immunity
§8. Amendments
§9. Effective Date

Firearm Control Ordinance (No. 88-01)
Section 1. Purpose
Section 2. Firearms
Section 3. BB Guns, Pellet Guns, Air Guns
Section 4. Cannons, Firecrackers, and Explosives
Section 5.

Gaming Licensing and Regulation Ordinance (No. 94-01)

Gaming Ordinance (No. 95-01 with two amendments) (link is to NILL copy)
Section 1. Findings and Policy
Section 2. Ownership of Gaming
Section 3. Definitions
Section 4. Gaming Commission
Section 5. Permitted Gaming Activities
Section 6. Gaming Revenues
Section 7. Operation of Gaming Establishments
Section 8. Audits
Section 9. Licenses, Applications, and Licensing Procedures
Section 10. Background Investigations and Licensing Decisions
Section 11. Rules of Procedure for Commission Hearings
Section 12. Exclusion or Rejection of Individuals
Section 13. Prohibited Acts
Section 14. Miscellaneous Provisions
Section 15. Class III Gaming; Tribal-State Compacts
Section 16. Interest in Management Contracts by Tribal Officials
Section 17. Service of Process
Section 18. Tribal Gaming Corporation
Section 19. Repeal of Prior Gaming Ordinance; Effective Date
Section 20. Severability
Section 21. Amendments

Land Assignment Ordinance (No. 00-12)*
I. Preamble
II. Definitions
III. General Assignment Policy
IV. Eligibility Requirements for Assignment
V. Procedure for Granting Assignments
VI. Procedure for Canceling Assignments and Removing Persons from Tribally Owned and Allotable Land
VII. Effective Date
VIII. Amendments

Land Use Ordinance (No. 89-02)
Section I. Purpose
Section II. Standards
Section III. Procedures
Section IV. Land Assignment
Section V. Zoning
Section VI. Enforcement
Section VII. Amendments
Section VIII. Appeals

Marriage Ordinance (No. 01-01)
§1. Findings and  Declarations
§2. Definitions
§3. Jurisdiction
§4. Marriage
§5. Capacity to Consent
§6. Who May Not Contract; Invalid or Prohibited Marriages
§7. Marriage Licenses
§8. Expiration of License
§9. Health Information
§10. Fees
§11. Ceremony and Solemnization of Marriage Contract
§12. Completion and Recording of License and Certificate of Marriage
§13. Recognition of Marriage from Other Jurisdictions
§14. Effective Date

Raw Milk Ordinance (No. 11-01)
SECTION ONE: Findings
SECTION TWO
§06.03.01 Definitions
§06.03.02 Raw Milk Sales Authorized
§06.03.02 Raw Milk Requirements
§06.03.03 Retail Displays Accompanying Raw Milk Sales
§06.03.04 Tribal Court has Exclusive Jurisdiction

Right To Work Ordinance (No. 03-03)
Section 1. Findings
Section 2. Right to Work
Section 3. Enforcement
Section 3. Severability
Section 4. No Waiver of Sovereign Immunity Intended
Section 4. Effective Date

Solid Waste Disposal and Reduction Ordinance (No. 00-06)*
§1. Findings
§2. Definitions
§3. Jurisdiction
§4. Responsibility for Storage, Transport and Disposal of Solid Waste
§5. Storage of Solid Waste
§6. Transportation of Solid Waste
§7. Disposal of Solid Waste
§8. Littering Prohibited
§9. Recycling and Solid Waste Education Program
§10. Approval of Disposal Sites
§11. Civil Penalties
§12. Civil Damages and/or Injunctive Actions
§13. No Other Remedies Affected
§14. Environmental Protection Fund
§15. Effect of Ordinance on Other Tribal Ordinances
§16. Severability
§17. Sovereign Immunity
§18. Amendments
§19. Effective Date

Speed Limit Ordinance (No. 89-03)
SECTION I: Purpose
SECTION II: Zoning
SECTION III: Speed Limit
SECTION IV: Enforcement
SECTION V: Amendments

Summary Trust Land Procedure Ordinance (No. 07-03)
Section 1. Findings and Declarations
Section 2. Adoption of New Chapter 3 of Title II, Article 1 of the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Code Entitled “Summary Procedure for Obtaining Possession of Tribal Trust Lands.”
ARTICLE 2-JURISDICTION
CHAPTER 2: SUMMARY TRIBAL COURT PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING POSESSIONS OF TRUST LANDS ON THE BLUE LAKE RANCHERIA
Sections
11.02.02.020 Definitions
11.02.02.030 Forcible Entry; Party in Possession
11.02.02.040 Forcible Detainer Defined
11.02.02.045 Forcible Entry and Detainer Prohibited
11.02.02.050 Unlawful Detainer Defined
11.02.02.060 Notice; Methods of Service
11.02.02.070 Necessary Party Tenants; Joinder; Judgement; Subtenants after Notice to Tenant; Persons Bound by Judgement
11.02.02.080 Complaint; Verification; Summons
11.02.02.090 Writ of Possession; Issuance and Directions; Grounds; Undertaking; Limitation on Defendant’s Damage Action
11.02.02.100 Summons; Form; Issuance; Service and Return
11.02.02.110 Answer or Amendment; Time Allowed
11.02.02.120 Motion to Quash Service or Stay or Dismiss Action Time
11.02.02.130 Extension of Time; Consent of Adverse Party
11.02.02.140 Entry of Default; Application for Relief
11.02.02.150 Prima Facie Case; Defense
11.02.02.160 Judgement; Restitution of Premises; Forfeiture of Lease; Treble Damages; Stay of Execution; Payment into Court; Enforcement; Disposition of Personal Property; Notice; Cost of Storage; Liability of Tribe/Sublessor
11.02.02.170 Final Judgement
11.02.02.180 Applicable Rules of Practice
11.02.02.190 Priority of Actions
Section 3. Severability
Section 5. Amendments
Section 6. Repeal of Prior Ordinances
Section 7. Effective Date

Tribal Claims Ordinance (No. 03-02)
Section 1. Findings and Declarations
Section 2. Adoption of New Ordinance Entitled: “Tribal Claims Ordinance”
TRIBAL CLAIMS ORDINANCE
Sections
1.010 Presentation of Claims as Prerequisite to Filing Suit
1.020 Claims Subject to Filing Requirements
1.030 Contents of Claim
1.040 Signature of Claimant
1.050 Forms
1.060 Amendment of Claim
1.070 Notice of Insufficiency of Claim
1.080 Effect of Failure or Refusal to Amend
1.090 Failure to Give Notice of Insufficiency; Waiver of Defense Based on Defect or Omission
1.100 Time Limits for Presentation of Claims
1.110 Grant or Denial of Claim by Business Council
1.120 Notice of Denial of Claim
1.130 Mailing or Service of Notice
1.140 Re-examination of Rejected Claim
1.150 Sovereign Immunity
Section 3. Effective Date, Publication
I. TITLE
II. FINDINGS
III. PURPOSE
IV. DEFINITIONS
V. CLAIMS COVERED BY THIS ORDINANCE
VI. CLAIMS EXCLUDED BY THIS ORDINANCE
VII. RECOGNIZED TRIBAL DEFENSES
VIII. EXCLUSIVE REMEDY
IX. FINALITY
X. PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS
XI. CERTIFICATION OR REJECTION OF CLAIMS
XII. CLAIM INVESTIGATION AND RESOLUTION
XIII. PAYMENT OF AWARDS AND ATTORNEY FEES

Tribal Court Ordinance
Section 1. Findings and Declaration
Section 2. Prior Inconsistent Codes and Ordinances Repealed
Section 3. Adoption of New Tribal Court Ordinance
TITLE II. COURTS
ARTICLE 1. TRIBAL COURTS
CHAPTER 1. TRIBAL COURT ORDINANCE
Sections
11.1.1.010 Definition
11.1.1.020 Establishment of Court and Peace Making Panel
11.1.1.030 Jurisdiction and Powers
11.1.1.040 Judges
11.1.1.050 Court Clerk
11.1.1.060 Court Procedures
11.1.1.070 Appeals
11.1.1.080 Appearances
11.1.1.090 Records
 11.1.1.100 Peace Making Panel
Section 3. Effective Date

Tribal Court Ordinance (No. 07-01)
Section 1. Findings and Declaration
Section 2. Prior Inconsistent Codes and Ordinances Repealed
Section 3. Adoption of New Tribal Court Ordinance
TITLE II. COURTS
ARTICLE I. TRIBAL COURTS
CHAPTER 1. TRIBAL COURT ORDINANCE
 11..1.1.010 Definition
 11.1.1.020 Establishment of Court and Peace Making Panel
11.1.1.030 Jurisdiction and Powers
11.1.1.040 Judges
 11.1.1.050 Court Clerk
11.1.1.060 Court Procedures
11.1.1.070 Appeals
11.1.1.080 Appearances
11.1.1.090 Records
11.1.1.100 Peace Making Panel
Section 3. Effective Date

Tribal Enrollment Ordinance (No. 93-01)
Section I. Eligibility
Section II. Enrollment Committee
Section III. Filing Membership Applications
Section IV. Action of Applications for Membership
Section V. Appeals
Section VI. Relinquishment
Section VII. Grounds for Disenrollment
Section VIII. Annual Certification of Membership Roll
Section IX. Use of Membership Roll
Section X. Amendments

Use of Tribal Custom and Traditional Law Ordinance (No. 00-08)*
§1. Definitions
§2. Choice of Law
§3. Tribal Custom and Tradition
§4. Effect of Ordinance on Other Tribal Ordinances
§5. Severability
§6. Sovereign Immunity
§7. Amendments
§9. Effective Date

Vehicle Abandonment Ordinance (No. 88-04)

Water Quality Ordinance (No. 00-07)*
§ 1. Findings and Declarations
§ 2. Definitions”
§ 3. Jurisdiction
§ 4. Prohibited Activities
§ 5. Activities Allowed Without Permit
§ 6. Civil Penalties
§ 7. Notice to Tribal EPA
§ 8. Clean-up and Abatement
§ 9. Court Action and Injunctions
§ 10. No Other Remedies Affected
§ 11. Environmental Protection Fund
§ 12. Effect of Ordinance on Other Tribal Ordinances
§ 13. Severability
§ 14. Sovereign Immunity
§ 15. Amendments
§ 16. Effective Date

Weight Limit Ordinance (No. 89-04)
Section I: Purpose
Section II: Weight Limitation
Section III: Enforcement
Section IV: Amendments

Workers' Compensation Ordinance (No. 02-02)
Section 1. Findings and Policy
Section 2. Purpose
Section 3. Declaration of Policy
Section 4. Scope
Section 5. Exclusive Remedy
Section 6. Short Title
Section 7. Definitions
Section 8: Reporting Obligations
Section 9. Administrator
Section 10. Insurance
Section 11. Scope of Coverage
Section 12. Independent Medical Examination
Section 13. Dispute Resolution
Section 14. Acts Outside Course or Scope of Employment
Section 15. Benefits
Section 16. Statute of Limitations
Section 17. Compromise and Release
Section 17. Claim Closure
Section 18. Recovery of Payments Made Due to Error, Mistake, Erroneous Adjudication, Fraud, Etc.
Section 19. Subrogation of Claims
Section 20. Claim Files and Records Confidential
Section 21. Severability
Section 22. Effective Date, Amendment
Section 23. Sovereign Immunity

Workers' Compensation Ordinance Amended (No. 02-03)
Section 1. Findings and Policy
Section 2. Purpose
Section 3. Declaration of Policy
Section 4. Scope
Section 5. Exclusive Remedy
Section 6. Short Title
Section 7. Definitions
Section 8. Reporting Obligations
Section 9. Administrator
Section 10. Insurance
Section 11. Scope of Coverage
Section 12. Medical Care and Examination for Claims
Section 13. Dispute Resolution
Section 14. Acts Outside Course or Scope of Employment
Section 15. Worker’s Compensation Benefits
Section 16. Statute of Limitations
Section 17. Compromise and Release
Section 18. Claim Closure
Section 19. Recovery or Payments Made Due to Error, Mistake, Erroneous Adjudication, Fraud, Etc.
Section 20. Subrogation of Claims
Section 21. Claim Files and Records Confidential
Section 22. Severability
Section 23. Effective Date, Amendment
Section 24. Sovereign Immunity

Workers' Compensation Ordinance Amendment Notice (No. 02-02a)

 

*Ordinance numbers from 2000 have been altered to reflect convention of Year-Ordinance

[Table of Contents created by NILL in July 2015, based on materials available on tribe's website.]