The supreme governing body of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma is the General Council which consists of all members of the Tribe eighteen years of age or older.
The General Council acts through elections, which are cast via absentee ballot. Elections may be proposed by resolution through a majority vote at a General Council meeting, a petition signed by ten percent (10%) of the Fort Sill Apache General Council, or by action of the Business Committee or the Tribal Chairman.
The General Council votes annually to approve the tribal operations budget and to elect members of the Business Committee. The General Council meets as needed and on the first Saturday of October, which coincides with Business Committee elections.
The Business Committee consists of six members, a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, a Secretary—Treasurer and three (3) additional Committeemen. Members of the Business Committee hold office for two (2) years and its officers also act as officers of the General Council.
The Business Committee oversees the tribal membership application process and maintains the tribal rolls, prepares and manages the tribal operations budget and supervises tribal government programs. Additionally the Business Committee appoints members of boards that are responsible for various aspects of the tribe's operations, and when applicable approves the boards budgets.
These boards include:
Fort Sill Apache Housing Authority, a state chartered agency which is responsible for providing limited-income housing and for assisting tribal members in acquiring homes.
Election Committee, which is responsible for conducting fair and efficient tribal elections.
Economic Development Authority, which manages the tribe's economic development activities, including the Fort Sill Apache Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma (http://www.ftsillapachecasino.com), the Apache Homelands Casino at Akela, New Mexico (http://www.apachehomelandscasino.net), and an 8(a) government contracting business, Fort Sill Apache Industries (http://www.fortsillapache.com).
Fort Sill Apache Gaming Commission, which is responsible for regulating the tribe's casinos.
Annual Dance Committee, which is responsible for organizing the tribe's Annual Celebration, which is held in Apache, Oklahoma on the third weekend in September.