Good afternoon Brothers and Sisters,

Below you will find an excerpt of proposed changes to Article XV of the CNO Constitution.  These changes are only preliminary and are currently being examined by the Choctaw Voting Block party’s Executive Committee.

What I would like for you to notice is that the proposed changes create a more balanced system.  The proposed changes are in italics and are bolded.  Also, you will see the term Chahta Delegates.  These Delegates will be representing Chahta’s outiside of the 10 1/2 counties.  You may be asking why we would want to create a Delegate Council.  It’s very simply to balance the power to not just eleven elected officials who operate beneath a flawed electoral system.  This will also give Chahta’s living outside of the CNO boundaries more representation.

You may also wonder why I chose this particular article to publish when in actuality the CVB Executive Committee is examining the entire CNO constitution.  A leader should never be so comfortable as to think if he condones abuse and oppression to his voting base that they then won’t be rid of him.  That is a message to all of our future chiefs but especially to our current assistant chief.

One of our Executive Committee members asked the question, “why change the constitution now”, and this is a very valid question.  The reason is to clearly outline the goals of the Choctaw Voting Block party and the only way to accomplish those goals is by changing the constitution to create a system that is less likely to be abused.  A booklet is being written and will be widely available for download in the coming weeks outlining the CVB goals and objectives.  The proposed new constitution will also be part of the booklet along with the CVB blogs.  Our supporters are strongly encouraged to print out the booklet and distribute to family members once it is available.

Our numbers grow larger and stronger every day.  The CVB is not about a few disgruntled employees.  It’s about a love for the people. It’s about hope for the future and significant change in the present.

Yakoke!

MW/CW

ARTICLE XV – REMOVAL OF OFFICIALS

Section 1. Impeachment.

(a) Any elected or appointed officer shall be subject to impeachment for willful neglect of duty to the empowerment of the Chahta people, corruption in office, habitual drunkenness, incompetence, incapability of performing his duties or committing any offense involving moral turpitude while in office.

(b) Impeachment charges shall be presented to the Judicial Department. The Tribal Court shall within thirty (30) days examine the evidence. If the Tribal Court determines the evidence or charges are sufficient to warrant further action, it shall conduct a hearing pursuant to this Article. If impeachment charges are brought against any judge, then that judge shall be disqualified to sit on any matters relating to such charges. Then, and in such event, the Chief Council and Chahta Delegates shall name a substitute judge, with the advice and consent of the Tribal Council, who shall sit as a member of the Court on all matters relating to such impeachment charges.

(c) The Tribal council and members of the Judiciary shall prescribe such rules and procedures that are necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Article.

(d) Any officer against whom charges may be preferred shall be entitled to a hearing, by the Tribal Court, under rules and procedures prescribed by the Tribal Council, Tribal Court and Chahta Delegates.

(e) Any officer against whom articles of impeachment are referred to the Tribal Council shall be suspended from the exercise of the duties of his office during the pendency of his impeachment.

(f) The Tribal Council Court shall sit as a court of impeachment and its decision shall be final.

(g) Eight (8) votes shall be required to impeach the official.

(h) Judgment in cases of impeachment shall extend not only to removal from office but also to disqualification from holding any office of honor, trust or profit under this Nation.

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