Snoqualmie Tribe chief apologizes for gag resolution legalizing marijuana
July 15, 2011
By Dan Catchpole
Snoqualmie Tribal Chief Jerry Enick publicly apologized Wednesday on behalf of the tribe for a gag resolution legalizing marijuana on the tribe’s reservation passed last week by the Tribal Council.
The council passed the resolution in a 4-2 vote as a joke for an upcoming show by country singer and marijuana legalization advocate Willie Nelson at Snoqualmie Casino, which the tribe owns.
In a public statement, Enick criticized the council for using a resolution as a joke. He apologized “to all Native Americans everywhere, and to the public at large for the behavior of this current sitting Snoqualmie Tribal Council…”
The 77-year-old Enick has been at odds with the council since several council members tried to strip him of his title in January. After the council delayed the tribe’s annual general meeting and elections in May, he organized a meeting which passed a resolution removing the tribe’s elected officials, including the council. Enick has not acted on the resolution, saying that he wants broader support from tribal members.