Crow Tribal Administration

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The Crow Tribal General Council, the governing body of the Crow Nation, through the adoption of the 2001 Crow Tribal Constitution, established a three-branch government with a separation of powers. There is an Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, and Judicial Branch.

The Executive Branch is composed of four independently elected officials (Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Vice-Secretary) and all agencies and departments. The four elected officials serve concurrent four year terms (term limit of two).

The Legislative Branch is composed of 18 legislators (called "senators" as a matter of courtesy), with three elected in staggered terms from each of the six districts of the Crow Indian Reservation. The Crow senators serve four year terms with no term limits.

The Judicial Branch is composed of courts established in the Crow Law and Order Code. Currently, there is a Crow Tribal Court (general jurisdiction), Crow Juvenile Court, and a Crow Court of Appeals. A Traditional Supreme Court has been established by law but is not yet implemented. The judges of the Crow Tribal Court are elected to unlimited, four-year terms.


Term of Office Chairperson Vice Chairperson
Secretary
Vice-Secretary
1920-1921 Ralph Saco
1921-1927 James Carpenter
1927-1934 William Bends
1934-1938 Hartford Bear Class
1938-1941 Charles Yarlott
1941-1946 Henry Pretty on Top
1946-1954 Robert Yellowtail
1954-1956 William Wall
1956-1958 Posie Whiteman
1958-1960 Posie Whiteman
1960-1962 John Cummings
1962-1964 John Cummings
1964-1966 John Wilson Douglas Adams
Donald Deernose
Daniel Old Elk
1966-1968 Edison Real Bird Edward Little Light
Joseph Ten Bear
Pauline Small
1968-1970 Edison Real Bird Edward Little Light
Joseph Ten Bear
Pauline Small
1970-1972 Edison Real Bird Edward Little Light
Joseph Ten Bear
Pauline Small
1972-1974 David Stewart
1974-1976 Patrick Stands Over Bull
1976-1977 Patrick Stands Over Bull
1977-1978 Forest Horn
1978-1980 Forest Horn
1980-1982 Forest Horn
1982-1984 Donald Stewart
1984-1986 Donald Stewart
1986-1988 Richard Real Bird
1988-1990 Richard Real Bird

Clara Nomee
1990-1992 Clara Nomee Joseph Pickett
Blaine Small
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1992-1994 Clara Nomee Joseph Pickett
Blaine Small
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1994-1996 Clara Nomee Joseph Pickett
Dennis Big Hair
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1996-1998 Clara Nomee Joseph Pickett
Dennis Big Hair
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1998-2000 Clara Nomee Joseph Pickett
Dennis Big Hair
Cornelius Little Light
2000-2001 Clifford Birdinground
New constitution extends term of office to 2004
Vincent Goes Ahead
Tilton Old Bull * Secretary's Impeachment
Larney Little Owl
2001-2002 Clifford Birdinground
*Chairperson's Resignation
Vincent Goes Ahead
Larney Little Owl * Vice-Secretary becomes Secretary
Hubert Two Leggins *Completed remaining term of office
2002 Vincent Goes Ahead
*Acting Chairperson; Carl Venne elected
Vincent Goes Ahead
Larney Little Owl
Hubert Two Leggins
2002-2004 Carl Venne
*Filled remaining term of office
Vincent Goes Ahead
Larney Little Owl
Hubert Two Leggins
2004-2007 Carl Venne Cedric Black Eagle
Andrew Old Elk *Died in 2007
Darrin Old Coyote
2007 Carl Venne Cedric Black Eagle
Office Vacant
Darrin Old Coyote *Acting Secretary
2007-2008 Carl Venne Cedric Black Eagle
Scott Russell * Filled remaining term of office
Darrin Old Coyote

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