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(A) Within one hundred eighty (180) calendar days of the date of receipt of the claim, the Claims Administrator shall conclude the investigation into the claim and determine whether the claim has merit and warrants an award or whether the claim should be denied.

(B) If a claim is determined to be valid, the Claims Administrator shall be authorized to enter into a binding settlement or render a final decision and issue an award.

(C) If the award exceeds one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000), the Claims Administrator shall notify the Tribal Council and provide an opportunity for the Tribal Council to review the matter and provide input on or object to the award.

(D) If a claim is denied or the claimant is dissatisfied with the resolution of the claim, the claimant shall have thirty (30) days from receipt of the denial to request, in writing, to the Claims Administrator, that the insurance carrier review the claim, otherwise the claim will be forever barred. [Res. 18-R-039 § 9, 4/10/2018.]