The blog gets views from many countries including Africa and Canada.  I want to speak to our guest readers for a moment.  You could only be regular readers for a couple of reasons.  You are Chahta living away from the U.S. or you are facing similar circumstances.  So I wanted to discuss what we are trying to do here in our Chahta Nation.

Our tribal members are being oppressed and abused regularly, not all but enough to make it an opportune time to change the system for the betterment of the Chahta people.  We can only do this by changing our constitution.  We can only change the constitution by voting in new Council, Chief and Assistant Chief or by getting their cooperation and I seriously doubt that will happen.

An elected system whether it be tribal or a system such as the US government has voters who should control the system – in a balanced system this is the case.  In tribal governments there are sometimes billions of dollars at stake and that leaves the door open for lots of greed.  Nahullo’s who once saw our Chahta people as something in passing have now come to control and partake of that money to the detriment of our own people.  This can only be done with the blessing of our Chief, Assistant Chief and Tribal Council.

Now, lets look for a moment on how to solve this problem and politically PROTECT leaders of governments.  It’s really simple you set up a system to protect the people who have the power to vote you in.  That’s why I keep talking about a tribal employee rights organization (in our case the Choctaw Employee Rights Organization).  This idea was actually given to me by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The EEOC has no jurisdiction over tribal entities so it is up to the tribe itself to ensure the rights of their tribal members aren’t being abused.  Having a Tribal Employee Rights Office independent of the regular human resources office is essential and politically makes a lot of sense.  Not only would it free up leadership from dealing with tribal employee issues but it gives the tribal member a sense of security and protection and that is sure to show at the polls.

Also, for those administrations who don’t want term limits or balanced political systems the only chance to unseat poor leaders is to do so gradually.  To pop up with only three to four months to campaign is ludicrous especially, if like our administration, the registered voter list is unavailable and the voter base is large.

To those organizations facing similar situations.  We the Choctaw Voting Block Party wish you well and always keep in mind this quote by Edmund Burke, “All that is necessary for the the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Yakoke (Thank you)
MW/CW
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