Section 3. Automatic Forfeiture of Office.
(a) In the event of death, resignation, conviction of a felony while in office, or failure to attend four (4) consecutive regular council meetings, a council member shall automatically forfeit his or her office and a vacancy shall be created.
(b) The procedure to fill a vacancy created by automatic forfeiture shall be as follows:
(1) Except in the case of the tribal chairperson, an election shall be held within thirty (30) days of the eligible voters of the affected band to elect a council member to fill the vacant seat.
(2) In the event the tribal chairperson forfeits his or her seat on the council, within thirty (30) days of the vacancy, an election shall be held, consistent with this constitution, of the eligible voters of the tribe to elect a chairperson from among the five (5) council members. After the forfeiture of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson shall serve as temporary chairperson pending the election of a new chairperson.
(3) If the vice-chairperson forfeits his or her seat on the tribal council, the council member who received the next highest number of votes in the preceding election for chairperson shall succeed as vice-chairperson.