Trinidad backs Hoopa agency bid
- Tribal Chairman Lyle Marshall lays out reasons for inclusion
Potential dissent over whether the city's representative to the Humboldt County Association of Governments should support the Hoopa Tribe's membership has dissolved -- at least in the City Council.
The council, minus Councilman Terry Marlow, voted 4-0 Tuesday night to support Hoopa's membership in HCAOG.
Councilman Dean Heyenga had questioned whether Mayor Chi-Wei Lin -- who represents the city on HCAOG -- was acting in the city's best interests in voting to admit the Hoopa Tribe to the group that decides how federal and state transportation dollars are distributed locally. He also expressed concern that adding another member would dilute available transportation dollars.
The final determination comes down to HCAOG's board of directors, which has split 4-4 in two separate votes on the request. However, Hoopa Tribal Chairman Lyle Marshall's PowerPoint presentation about both the tribe's desire to become a member of HCOAG and the tribe's internal governmental structure was the convincing factor for many of the council's members.
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