Hopi Tribal Council amends earlier actions; Lyttle's contract extended

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - On Dec. 23, at which a quorum was present, the Hopi Council discussed the need of a General Counsel to provide legal services to the Hopi Tribe and "the critical state of the ongoing settlement negotiations of the LCR litigation/settlement and other important cases with which the Hopi Tribe is involved."

After much discussion, the Hopi Tribal Council "identified the need to clarify its earlier action" in which it terminated the contract of the Law Firm of Robert J. Lyttle, PC, Attorneys at Law, as interim general counsel, by passage of Resolution H-099-2011. The Tribal Council then voted to amend and approve Resolution H-005-2012 to extend the services of Lyttle until the position of the Hopi Tribe General Counsel is filled" and that "any third party attorneys or law firms that are employed through contract with the Hopi Tribe continue to conduct legal services on behalf of the Hopi Tribe in compliance with each contract".

By passage of Resolution H-005-2012, the Council also authorized payment for legal fees and expenses for the tribe's legal work conducted by the Law Firm of Robert J. Lyttle, PC and that "the Tribe reviews and approves the incurrence of reasonable fees associated with the services provided and that the Chairman and Mr. Lyttle will report monthly, the status of Hopi legal cases." The Tribal Council further directed the treasurer to draw down and expend funds authorized for purposes stated in the resolution.

Resolution H-005-2012 was passed by a vote of 8 in favor, 5 opposed, 0 abstained with Chairman LeRoy N. Shingoitewa presiding and not voting.

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