The Tribe’s Legislative Committee was established in 2015. Since its establishment the Committee has worked diligently to strengthen all that was already put in place legislatively by the Tribe. Tribal Membership approved a system for categorizing all tribal law during the first year of the Committee’s existence. You will see on the Ordinances Structure Chart how tribal law is categorized. This system of organizing tribal laws allows for Tribal Members, along with others living on or visiting tribal lands, to see and understand the laws of the Tribe. The strong intent of the Legislative Committee is to provide access and clarity about the Tribe’s laws, as this is essential for due process. The Legislative Committee reviews all requests for new ordinances, fully adhering to the Tribe’s Constitution. The Committee properly vets and prepares proposed ordinances for presentation to Tribal Membership. Continual outreach and education regarding tribal laws falls under the responsibility of the Legislative Committee. The Committee fulfills this duty through training presentations, community events, printed pamphlets and other handouts/displays, and through digital media.
The Legislative Committee serves to promote and provide structure to the legislative branch of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians’ sovereign government in accordance with the Tribes’ Constitution. The Committee works diligently to: 1) Adopt ordinances and keep a relationship with our Amna’a (Creator) and Ancestors; to maintain our language, culture, customs and traditions; to protect our people, lands and resources; to administer justice; and to promote equality, freedom, self-sufficiency and quality of life; and otherwise to safeguard and promote the peace, safety, morals and general welfare of the Tribe. 2) Assure that the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribal Legislative Committee serves the best interest of the Tribe. 3) Create a structure and process for the development of the Tribe’s legislative and judicial branch of government, in accordance with and as outlined in the Tribe’s Constitution. 4) Inform and educate the members of the Tribe and its community about tribal laws and all information and resources pertaining to these laws.