The following is a re-publication, in pertinent part, of the tribal government of the Piqua Shawnee Tribe of Alabama as originally published by the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission, except as edited and modified herein.
The Piqua Shawnee Tribe:
While the Piqua Shawnee Tribe of Alabama has a principal chief, and second chief, our tribal government is maintained by a Tribal Council. The Piqua Shawnee Tribe's Council is composed of clan mothers and clan chiefs, with an advisory body known as the Council of Elders. Tribal Council is conducted in accordance with Clan protocol. All issues are debated and taken before the clans for consideration and deliberation. It is the function of the Council to debate and seek consensus on all tribal matters so that the people speak with one voice.
Modern positions such as treasurer and secretary are determined by election for a set period of time. These positions do not have a vote in Council.
Our tribe is governed according to our by-laws. The appointment of officers and council members are elected by the general tribal population.
Government and council meetings are held at functions throughout the year. Our officers oversee tribal government and two councils are elected.