As defined by Resolution 03-R-38, in order to be eligible as a Tribal Council candidate, potential candidates must meet all of the following criteria:
(A) Be enrolled Tribal members; a candidate may only run for one (1) position in any one (1) election.
(B) Have maintained a legal physical residence, where the member has actually lived, for at least six (6) consecutive months before the election, within a one hundred (100) road mile distance from the exterior boundary of the Karuk Tribe’s Ancestral Territory, and, if running for a district seat, within the exterior boundary of the district in which he or she seeks to be a candidate. However, nonresident candidates may be determined eligible if there are no eligible candidates running for that district as long as they meet the one hundred (100) road mile resident requirement.
The Council districts are as follows:
(1) The Orleans (Panámniik) District, which shall draw its membership from the towns and surrounding areas of Orleans, Weitchpec/Hoopa, Somes Bar, Forks of Salmon/Sawyers Bar, Weaverville, Crescent City, Klamath, McKinleyville, Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, and Rio Dell.
(2) The Happy Camp (Athithúfvuunupma) District, which shall draw its membership from the towns and surrounding areas of Happy Camp, Seiad Valley, Klamath River, Scott Bar, O’Brien, Cave Junction and Grants Pass.
(3) The Yreka (Kahtishraam) District, which shall draw its membership from the towns and surrounding areas of Yreka, Montague, Fort Jones, Etna, Hornbrook, Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, and Central Point.
Should there be no eligible candidate running in any given district for any given election where a district seat is open, another candidate from outside that district may be elected to fill the vacancy. The candidate with the highest number of votes shall be elected in those instances.
(C) Prove legal physical residency by submitting valid copies of three (3) proofs that show name and physical address from the following list:
(1) Karuk Tribal ID (with physical address);
(2) Utility bill;
(3) Rent receipt, lease agreement, mortgage statement, or deed;
(4) Driver’s license, or other valid recognized photo identification;
(6) Vehicle registration;
(7) Three (3) nonrelated witnesses with notarized affidavit and common knowledge of residency; or
(8) Any other credible evidence of legal physical evidence, as long as a majority vote of the Election Committee accepts such evidence.
For purposes of this section, evidence of a Post Office box alone is insufficient to prove legal physical residency. Notary services will not be charged at the Karuk Tribe or any entities of the Karuk Tribe for the purposes of this section.
(D) Have submitted, at least sixty (60) days before the election, to the Election Committee, a nominating petition signed by at least twenty (20) Tribal members who are all eighteen (18) or older at the date the petition was signed, shall be considered nominated to be a candidate for the office.
(E) Submit their entire completed candidate packet by the end of business on the date designated by the Election Committee.
(F) Meet all of the requirements of the Constitution of the Karuk Tribe and this chapter in order to become a candidate for office.
(G) Make arrangements through the Karuk Tribe Human Resources Department to make an appointment to be fingerprinted in accordance with the Tribe’s Policy. Potential candidates must submit payment of a seventy-five-dollar ($75) processing fee to offset the costs of processing the fingerprints and background checks to ensure that all candidates meet standards as set forth in the Constitution of the Karuk Tribe and this chapter. Human Resources must provide all criminal background check results to the Election Committee upon receipt. Completed candidate application packets, including petitions and proof of completion of fingerprinting must be submitted to any member of the Karuk Tribe’s Election Committee prior to the deadline set by the Election Committee. Failure to comply is grounds for disqualification as a candidate.
(H) Make arrangements through the Karuk Tribe Human Resources Department to complete the drug screening procedure as is currently conducted for Tribal employees. Failure to comply with this section and pass the drug screening shall be grounds for disqualification as a candidate.
(I) Not have any disqualifying felonies or offenses in their criminal records. Potential candidates who have been convicted of a felony involving murder, manslaughter, rape, assault with intent to kill, burglary, child or elder abuse, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, theft, fraud or embezzlement, during his or her term of office or within ten (10) years prior to the election, shall be ineligible to run for office or serve on the Tribal Council. However, persons who have completed their sentence for such conviction at least ten (10) years before the date of the election in which they intend to run for office may file as candidates. Potential candidates who have been removed from the Tribal Council office for gross misconduct, terminated from employment with the Tribe for theft, fraud or embezzlement, or who have been convicted of a crime requiring registration as a sex offender, shall be ineligible to run for office or serve on the Tribal Council.