The North American Indigenous Student Organization Constitution

Article I: Name and Mission
Section A
Name:
North American Indigenous Student Organization, N.A.I.S.O.

Section B
Mission:
NAISO strives to promote education and motivate the Native student community and majority community in and around Michigan State University through social and cultural support.

Article II: Involvement with C.O.R.E.S
Section A
C.O.R.E.S. Definition:
The Coalition of Racial Ethnic Students (C.O.R.E.S) represents the four minority groups on campus at MSU. NAISO Executive Board endeavors to keep abreast of issues on the MSU campus that affects the C.O.R.E.S. groups and will maintain allegiance with the other groups concerning matters which affect all four minority groups (Asian-Pacific Americans, African-Americans, Chicano/Latino Americans and Native Americans).

Section B
Stance:
NAISO Executive Board will decide if issues merit attention by 2/3 majority vote.  The important issues will be taken to general assembly.  General assembly will declare by vote NAISO’S involvement in issues pertinent to the four groups.

Article III: Membership and Voting Eligibility
Section A
Membership Eligibility:
1. All interested students who support the mission statement of the organization.
2. The organization will not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnic origin, sex, age, political persuasion, sexual orientation, handicapper status, or marital status.

Section B
Membership Responsibility
1. To participate in organization functions.
2. To communicate concerns to organization.
3. To encourage student involvement.

Section C
Voting Eligibility:
1. Only NAISO members defined in Article III section A undergraduate students may be voting members.
2. Must be present to vote
3. Must have attended two previous NAISO events

Article IV: Executive Officer Positions (Eligibility and Duties)
Section A
Officers:
1. One or two Co-Chairs
2. Secretary
3. Treasurer
4. Programming Board Director
5. Four Powwow Co-Chairs
6. Student Assembly Representative
7. Academic Assembly Representative
8. Two Residence Halls Association Representative, RHA
9. Public Relations Representative
10. Women’s Advisory Committee Representative
11. Two Cultural Chairs


Section B
Eligibility:
1. All officers should have prior experience in planning and/or participation in NAISO activities.
2. All officers must be considered full-time undergraduate students at MSU.
3. All officers must have a current GPA of 2.2 or higher at time of election.
4. All officers must maintain a GPA of 2.2 or higher during term elected to serve.

Section C
Procedures for Officer Selection:
1. Elections for the following year will be held in April.
2. A member must be nominated by a fellow member.
3. Voting shall be decided by General Assembly at time of nominations.
4. Simple majority elects the position.
5. Each voting member has one to two votes for as many votes as there are vacant positions.

Section D
Term:
1. Officers shall serve for one academic year and their term of office shall begin at the commencement of the Fall Semester.
2. Officers are considered for re-election based on nominations from the General Assembly.

Section E
Removal
Reasons for removal shall be:
1. Misrepresentation of NAISO.
2. Three consecutive meetings missed without prior contact of a Co-Chair or Secretary.
3. Failure to perform duties as assigned.

Section F
Removal Procedures:
1. Removal of an officer shall be determined by 2/3 vote of the General Assembly.
2. An eboard officer found to have violated any of Section E, one through three, shall have an opportunity to address the e-board’s concerns within one week of receiving a written letter of the reason(s) for dismissal.
If removed a period of two weeks shall be allotted to finding a replacement.

Article V: Duties of All Officers
Section A
General duties which pertain to all officers:
1. Eboard officers are to have at least one day per week in which he/she has designated office hours (a period of two hours is mandatory).
2. One Pow Wow co-chair is required to attend both Executive Board and General Assembly meetings. When unable to attend, notify an Eboard member prior to the meetings.  A notice of absence should be turned in two days prior to absence.  It is up to the absent officer to obtain a copy of the minutes, etc.
3. Officers are strongly recommended to attend all NAISO sponsored events.

Section B
Co-Chairs
The duties of the Co-Chairs shall be:
1. Make arrangements for NAISO and E-Board Meetings.
2. Prepare agenda for NAISO General Assembly meetings.
3. Serve as liaison to the CORES, Powwow and NAISO advisors as well as keep them updated on NAISO student matters and functions.
4. Serve as a liaison to the NAISO officers pertaining to administrative affairs.
5. Voice Native American concerns to the University and community at large.
6. Be responsible for the oversight and supervision of all NAISO functions.
7. Create subcommittees for various projects or activities.

Section C
Secretary
The duties of the secretary shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Responsible for keeping meeting minutes and attendance records.
3. Responsible for distributing each general assembly meeting minutes to membership.
4. Prepares agenda for meetings.
5. Responsible for organization of paperwork required for NAISO.
6. Responsible for all correspondence between others and NAISO.
7. Chairs meetings in absence of all the above officers.

Section D
Treasurer
The duties of the Treasurer shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Required to keep track of all NAISO expenditures & present a current budget at Eboard general assembly meetings.
3. Will advise NAISO on how CORES money should be spent.
4. Be responsible for the pre-programming budget, attainment of the necessary signatures, and making contact with Programming Board via Programming Board Director in advance of a scheduled NAISO event.
5. Maintain regular contact with CORES advisor.
6. Chairs meetings in absence of the Co-Chairs and Secretary.

Section E
Programming Board Director
The duties of the Programming Board Director shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Maintain position on one committee for Programming Board.
3. Mandatory attendance at ASMSU Programming Board meetings.
4. Present NAISO budgets to ASMSU Programming Board.
5. Report ASMSU Programming Board information to NAISO.

Section F
Powwow Co-Chairs
Each Pow-wow Co-Chair shall choose one of these four areas and their duties shall be:

1. Hospitality Chair:
A. Responsible for submitting the authorized program form (APF).
B. Responsible for the hotel and head staff arangements (contracts).

2. Funding Chair
A. Prepare and maintain pow-wow budget.
B. Responsible for expenditures and gives monthly written reports on all pow-wow donations to the treasurer and the CORES advisor.

3. Advertising Chair
A. Responsible for all advertising of the pow-wow. (Organizing out press releases, creating flyers.)
B. Responsible for selling advertisements in the pow-wow program to local businesses.
C. Responsible for the pow-wow program.

4. Trader/Vendor Chair
A. Responsible for all trader/vendor contracts and monies.
B. Ensure traders' compliuance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.
C. Required to take minutes at the pow-wow meetings.

In addition to these specific duties, all four pow-wow co-chairs shall have these general duties:
1.Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Report updates on pow-wow to NAISO general assembly.
3. Responsible for organization of their sub-committees.



Section G
Student Assembly Representative
The duties of the Student Assembly Representative shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Mandatory attendance at ASMSU Student Assembly meetings.
3. Report ASMSU Student Assembly information to NAISO at General Assembly meetings and garner NAISO’s feedback.
4. Maintain position on one committee for Student Assembly.

Section H
Academic Assembly Representative
The duties of the Academic Assembly Representative shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Mandatory attendance at ASMSU Academic Assembly meetings.
3. Report ASMSU Academic Assembly information to NAISO at General Assembly meetings and garner NAISO’s feedback.
4. Maintain position on one committee for Academic Assembly.

Section I
Residence Halls Association Representative (RHA) Co-Chairs
The duties of the Residence Halls Association Representatives shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Mandatory attendance at Residence Halls Association meetings.
3. Report Residence Halls Association information to NAISO at General Assembly meetings and garner NAISO’s feedback.

Section J
Public Relations Representative
The duties of the Public Relations Representative shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Responsible for advertising NAISO events
3. Be involved with NAISO subcommittees that involve advertising and promotion for the retention/recruitment of membership.
4. Handle the coordination of social events.

Section K
Women’s Advisory Committee Representative
The duties of the Women’s Advisory Committee Representative shall be:
1. Attend all NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.
2. Attend all Women’s Advisory Committee meetings.
3. Report Women’s Advisory Committee information to NAISO at General Assembly meetings and garner NAISO’s feedback.

Section L
Cultural Programmers
The duties of the Cultural Programmers shall be:
1. Responsible for finding speakers and workshops for meetings and events.
2. Responsible for the accumulation and maintenance of materials for the NAISO library.

Article VI: Duties of all Advisors
Section A
NAISO Advisors
Each year faculty, staff members or graduate students will be nominated. Two will be elected by the General Assembly to serve a one year term. The duties of the NAISO Advisors shall be:
1. Serve as consultants on organizational issues.
2. Be responsible for aiding in the working of a student-run organization.
3. Attend NAISO General Assembly and Executive Board meetings.

Section B
CORES Advisor
Position shall be held by the Native American Coordinator The duties of the CORES Advisor shall be:
1. Responsible for the technical aspects of NAISO programming.
2. Consultant on CORES budgeting.
3. Consultant on issues concerning Native Community as well as the minority population in general.
4. Responsible for communication within Native community.

Section C
Powwow Committee Advisor
Each year faculty, staff members, or graduate students will be nominated and elected. If he/she accepts they will serve a one year term. The duties of the Powwow Committee Advisor shall be:
1. Consultant on the working of organizing a student run Powwow.
2. Attend all powwow meetings.
3. Assist CORES Advisor with budgeting and allocating powwow monies.

Article VII: Ratification of this Constitution
Section A
Ratification:
1. The NAISO constitution will be approved by a 3/4 vote of the Executive Board.
2. Following the Executive Board’s approval, the constitution will be approved by a 2/3 vote of the General Assembly.

Voted upon, amended and ratified April 15, 2007 at the NAISO General Assembly meeting.

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