Tribe Meetings

Tribe Meetings
Tribes normally have a monthly meeting that rotates each month to a different tribe member’s home. While most tribe meetings are unique, certain rituals are common among all Y-Princess tribe meetings. The Tribe Chief is responsible for the flow of the meeting.
Wampum BagWampum (or Tribal dues) are collected at each meeting. Each tribe sets its own dues to cover miscellaneous costs such as paying for common supplies on camping trips. 
As tribal wampum is collected, each child hands it to the Chief and is encouraged to tell of a good deed that they have done to earn it. It can be about anything that is of interest to your child. For example, a visit to grandparents, a trip to the zoo, or an A on a spelling test.  Wampum Collection is an important part of the tribal meeting.  It not only develops self-confidence and poise in the children, but helps the tribe get to know one another.
The hosting Father is responsible for the agenda for the meeting. Tribe meetings can be at public areas like a park, swimming pool, ice-skating rink or bowling alley. If they are at a home, the hosting Father typically provides a craft and refreshments. Each family should take turns hosting the monthly meeting.
Tribe Meetings conclude with the Tribal Prayer.


Dad’s Meetings
Most of the common shortcomings of tribes can be eliminated by meeting without the children several times during the year. The main purpose of these meetings is to iron out tiresome business details and avoid boring the children during tribal meetings.  Any business that takes more than five minutes in a tribal meeting should be referred to the parents’ meeting.  Planning for trips, special events, and so forth goes much smoother when parents meet alone.
Advance planning can be done for a month or semester at a time at a parents’ meeting.  Also, the parents with logical excuses for not doing a certain task can explain their reasons without having the children present.  Special events or surprises can be discussed without exciting the children too far ahead of time. For example, a weekend camping trip two months away can be planned by the parents without making the children wait too long.


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Longhouse Meetings
SpearLonghouse meetings are held each month for all tribe chiefs and the Wampum keeper.  These meetings are very important. Nation events are discussed, information is given out concerning up-coming events, and decisions are voted upon that will affect the entire nation.  Lessons learned from events will be discussed at the start of each Longhouse.  
Tally sheets are turned in at this time.  Due dates for Tally sheets are provided on the planning calendar, and are specified on the event flyer. No guarantees will be made that families can attend an event if they sign up and pay late.
If the tribe chief cannot make a meeting, he should send a tribe representative in his place. Tribes that function poorly are those tribes not represented at the Longhouse meetings.  Longhouse meetings are for parents only. Although specifically designed for the chiefs, any parent is welcome to attend