imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has voted a no-confidence resolution on Chief George Tiger

by Michael Webster idVer:4e81441863d5468f7cde17d Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM
mvwsr@aol.com 949 494-7121

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has voted a no-confidence resolution on Chief George Tiger as members of the tribe are launching a petition drive to oust the current Chief.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has voted a no-confidence resolution on Chief George Tiger





photo - Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal council member Thomas Yahola leads an emergency meeting of the National Council at which a vote of no-confidence on Chief George Tiger was taken in Okmulgee on Thursday evening. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal council member Thomas Yahola leads an emergency meeting of the National Council at which a vote of no-confidence on Chief George Tiger was taken in Okmulgee on Thursday evening. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

By Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has voted a no-confidence resolution on Chief George Tiger as members of the tribe are launching a petition drive to oust the current Chief. As reported by the “Indian Gaming Journal this week... National Creek Nation Tribal Council held an emergency meeting which a vote of no-confidence on Chief George Tiger was taken in Okmulgee on Thursday evening. This action is an apparent result of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Tribal Council who voted earlier to ask Tiger to resign, but he refused. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Election Board speaker said the action was due to the revelation in a March 8th 2015 Tulsa World story that reported that Tribal Chief Tiger contracted in 2009 to consult with Shane Rolls, who planned to develop a casino in Broken Arrow for the Kialegee Tribal Town.

http://imagec18.247realmedia.com/RealMedia/ads/Creatives/default/empty.gif

The contract shows allegedly that it would have paid Tiger 5 percent of the revenues from the proposed Kialegee casino, which would have been built in Broken Arrow. According to the report it also promised Tiger up to 0,000 in bonus payments for securing land agreements and payment of ,000 per month once the casino opened.

In a recent e-mail by the Indian Gaming Journal to Chief Tiger, he was asked “Do you have a copy of your business consulting agreement referred to in the report”? http://imagec18.247realmedia.com/RealMedia/ads/Creatives/default/empty.gifThe chief responded by e-mail and said that “You can probably get a copy of my agreement in the Tulsa World story that ran March 8th”. So he may not have a copy or prefers that we get it from the Tulsa World article.

The site for the new tribal casino that was built in 2008-9 is 81st and Riverside as it’s always had been in Tulsa. It's just an expansion and addition of the hotel. There was a proposed site by one of our tribal towns in Broken Arrow a suburb of Tulsa during the time in question.

The Creek Nation’s council voted 12-0 in an emergency session March 9 to ask Tiger to resign.

According to a board member who wishes to remain anonymous told the Journal that the necessary impeachment petition documents formally asking Tiger to be removed as the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief was filed with the tribe’s Election Board.

The impeachment petition includes a list of claims against Tiger in addition to those associated with the Broken Arrow casino. The Tulsa World claimed that they could not independently verify the remaining claims in the petition.

Reportedly when reached for comment, a representative of Tiger’s said a statement regarding the petition would be “forthcoming.”

Chief George Tiger, far right, in this photo was in Washington, D.C, to help unveil a 1790 treaty. Photo by Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Tiger said, “I signed an agreement to serve as a consultant as a private citizen in 2009 with Kialegee tribal town. According to our constitution my term as an official member of our National Council (legislature) began on January 2, 2010. The agreement was with the tribal town whose membership is a dual enrollment. In other words. They are citizens of the Muscogee Creek Nation and Kialegee tribal town. At no time during my tenure (2 years) as a council member did I advocate for a casino for Kialegee. I put myself at risk by not advocating according to the agreement to be sued.”

Tiger has previously denied any wrongdoing in connection with the Kialegee casino plan. He claims that any agreements he had with Rolls expired after he was elected to the Creek National Council in 2011.

“While still a private citizen in 2009, I embraced an opportunity to serve in a consulting capacity to an initiative that aspired to improve the economic development and potential for jobs. In so doing, I understand now that my services and intentions may be misinterpreted,” Tiger said in a statement released Friday.

His statement says that because the contract was signed before he was sworn into office in January 2010, there was nothing improper about his consulting role.



“My consulting business agreement for the Kialegee project terminated when I took the oath of office for National Council member January 2, 2010. I did not take project fees after that date. Former business associates did provide campaign donations,” he said



Tiger indicated to the Journal and by further saying “I was elected Chief in 2011 and was sworn in January 2012. (As he had stated before) Along with the Speaker of our Council we held a press conference to oppose the proposed casino in Broken Arrow according to the laws of the Creek Nation it was within the jurisdiction of our nation so in essence another casino couldn't be built within a 35 miles radius of the new casino due to the loan agreement that financed the River Spirit. Once again, I risked being sued according to the agreement I signed in 2009. I received compensation, loan prior to taking my oath in 2010 and a campaign donation while serving as a council member all legit. Many of my colleagues knew I made my living as a consultant and some knew of the agreement and at that time didn't see it as a problem. In fact, due to my consultancy one council member, David Nichol's sons were able to get their start in gaming for a vendor I assisted in getting a license from National Indian Gaming Commission.”

The Broken Arrow casino could have siphoned up to million per year from the Creek Nation’s River Spirit casino in Tulsa. The casino project stalled after public opposition grew and a federal judge issued an injunction halting construction.

Although that order was later overturned, Rolls has said the casino will not be built on the Broken Arrow site. He said the project is moving forward but has declined to identify the new site.

I can state categorically that I have acted at all times in accordance with our constitution in the best interests of ALL Creek citizens, he pointed out.

In an earlier statement Tiger said, “Since an inflammatory story in a recent media outlet and a council meeting earlier this week, I have listened with concern to questions raised by members of our Nation, I weighed thoughtfully the feedback of experts in our constitutional law, and I refrained from acting or communicating in haste.

I learned of the article, which I believe was encouraged by members of our nation who seek candidacy for the position to which I am currently entrusted, while I was out of town to receive the American Indian Leadership Award at the National Reservation Economic Summit.”

According to Tiger, “the Broken Arrow project was brought to the council for consideration in 2013 that didn't receive approval from the committee of the council. Once again, I didn't advocate for the casino due to jurisdiction. The developer of the project threatened to sue me and drew up a draft of suit against me. It was never filed as we worked out our differences. All of these issues pertaining to this matter evolve around a draft lawsuit that was never filed that but was published in the Tulsa World. I received a campaign donation which was legal I don't remember the amount. The lead lender for the River Spirit casino was Merrill Lynch. I was not on the council when the loan was approved. I believe loan was for a little over 200 million. Not being on council I don't remember.

Previous Chief AD Ellis who is quoted in article stagnated the Creek Nation with no progress and wants to get back in leadership again. He was defeated recently in the 2nd Chief's election by a large margin. David Nichols and Thomas Yahola along with Ellis are really pushing this. Yahola and Nichols can’t win the election on their own due to their almost non-existent contribution in moving the nation in a progressive and positive manner. People are just tired of Ellis. No one can file until July as that is the filing period, Nichols and Yahola both have publicly announced their candidacy. I have yet to announce as a candidate but am catching all this. The Attorney General doesn't see any legal or criminal activity regarding my issue. It's only an issue with some members of the Council.” Tiger said.

The Chief went on to say “Throughout my time on the council and between my election and oath of office, the business agreement I held with the Kialegee project group was not a secret. I repeat: not a secret. I brought the item to the attention of the council and was met with no objections at the time. This was a business consulting contract. The absence of any action taken by our Nation’s attorney general speaks volumes for the lack of constitutional merits of this topic and the resulting story.”

Shelly Harjo-Brandy and other supporters met recently in reference to Tiger’s removal and to begin obtaining signatures.

The group has 60 days to gather at least 3,290 signatures from tribal members. That number represents 20 percent of the registered tribal voters, records show.

Harjo-Brandy said the group hopes to collect at least 4,000 signatures.

“I feel we’ll meet it,” she said.

Even if a sufficient number of signatures are gathered, it is not a slam dunk. The National Council will review the petition and decide whether to proceed with impeachment proceedings.

At least a three-fourths vote of the National Council, or 12 of 16 members, is required to remove the chief.

According to the Tulsa World that after the vote, National Council Speaker Thomas Yahola said that while the resolution is not binding, it was meant to send a message to Tiger that there was strong support on the council for his removal.

“It’s just a statement that we made, and we’re going through the process with the petition, and once that is concluded and validated, the National Council will proceed,” he said.

Two council members, Shirlene Ade and Johnnie Greene, opposed the resolution. After the vote, Ade likened the move to a rush to judgment.

“When the article first came out in the Tulsa World, I feel like the council overreacted,” she said.

“I felt like there was no proof,” Ade said. “There was only allegations and charges.

“He had no due process. I feel like he had a right to face his accusers, and he wasn’t given that right.”

In addition to the concerns about the casino consulting contract, the no-confidence resolution raises issues regarding Tiger’s management while chief.

“During his tenure as Principal Chief, the executive branch has fostered an environment of aggressiveness and hostility towards women” and failed to protect tribal employees from sexual aggression and harassment, the resolution claims.

Ade acknowledged that sexual harassment issues have been raised within the tribal workplace. However, she said Tiger has fired individuals involved in such allegations.

“He got rid of them, and he would never have put up with that,” Ade said.

Since the controversy has surfaced, Ade said tribal members have asked her if she backed Tiger.

She said she tells them: “I am on the side of the rule of law, due process and the constitution of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.”

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Cybermonde, cyberguerre, cyberespace, cyberterrorisme S24 6:35AM

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy