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Halito Sisters & Brothers,

I noticed on Facebook many Chahta proudly displaying their ballots for the upcoming elections. It warms my heart just to see that we actually have people who are brave enough and are willing to stand up to a decades old system that is well known for it’s unfriendly (to say the least) attitude for those candidates who are not incumbents. We have come quite a ways since the last election cycle and we have so much farther to go for the sake of our descendants.

While there is no candidate to run against Perry Thompson so I can’t vote for council I have cast my vote for Chief. I paused to think before marking my ballot because I know next to nothing about the challenger. I don’t know about her background and I don’t know where she stands on the issues that have plagued our Chahta government for decades but I marked her name as my choice because I do know a thing or two about our current Miko.

I know that he most likely has good intentions but no business experience outside of the CNO. I know that his efforts toward election reform while historic were very shallow. I know that there is no TERO at the CNO. This means that Choctaw business owners and employees have no recourse in their own tribal nation to take advantage of Choctaw preference. I know that he has never answered the question concerning the campaign fund. I know that he is surrounded by the old guard and that, to me, is what we have had since I was a child riding along with my mother campaigning for Wendell David. That campaigning cost my mother her job at the tribally owned Indian Clinic in Hugo all for the right of Choctaw people to have a vote that actually counted. I know that during this election year I have seen more expensive commercials with Miko’s face in them than any other time that I recently remember. I know that some Chahta’s with large families are now receiving some big promotions. Ironically, these are promotions they should have had long ago.

So tonight I want to really encourage our absentee voters (I count myself among you) to think about the legacy Gary Batton proudly carries into his office, an office that we didn’t elect him into. He carries with him corruption, greed and disregard for the well-being of the Chahta people. He carries with him a legacy of intimidation and force. He carries with him a false sense of importance and that is due to lack of experience in other business arenas. I had hoped that he would carry something else. I had hoped that he would change the system. That he would speak frankly and honestly. That he would announce that any employee using intimidation and threats during the election year would be immediately terminated. I had hoped he wouldn’t participate in the jobs for votes practice. He proved my hopes to be futile. Absentee voters we need YOU to set the stage for real change by voting for the challenger. You can break the strength of the chain that has held us back for decades. The opposition has no secret campaign fund and she doesn’t have the power to intimidate those Chahta who work for the nation. If she doesn’t fulfill the duties of a Chief with integrity and business acumen we will have the choice to vote her out next election cycle. Remember the longer those corrupt old guard people hold top positions in our government the longer it will take for us to rid ourselves of them. This is our chance to send a clear message concerning integrity and answering to the very people leadership is charged with serving.

I would also like for you to view this short documentary concerning the struggle we have dealt with in our corrupt political system. When I first watched it I was shocked. Even though I had known about the intimidation and the strong armed tactics to see even a glimpse of it against one of our elders infuriated me. What you should remember is that this is the legacy that Batton continues to proliferate. The link to the documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugc1AoPs_gk

Chi Pisa La Chike,

S. Crowder  (CW)

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Halito Sisters & Brothers,

Recently, it was brought to my attention that apparently Choctaw Wright was reported for assuming a false identity and Facebook had pulled the page.  Therefore, I want to announce the end of Choctaw Wright.  I had given thought to attempting to retrieve the page, but, as most of you know I have already revealed my true identity. I have decided to write my opinions under my real name of Stephanie Crowder.  For the benefit of our people, I am descended from the Jones, Bacon, Leflore, Crowder and Gardner families.  I will be posting on my personal Facebook account. So, if you “friended” Choctaw Wright, please send a friend request to Stephanie Crowder to receive announcements.

I hope this blog post finds you excited about the coming elections for leadership of the Chahta people. Along those lines, I want all of you to know that I am not supporting any candidate at this time.  I may share candidate notices on my Facebook but it’s only to promote the democratic process.  I believe the Chahta people deserve all of the information regarding each candidate and their platforms. We have a right and an obligation to vote, but, we must have all of the information available to make informed, intelligent decisions on which candidate will best serve the needs of all the members of this great Choctaw Nation. When we take the information we have been provided to the polls, the stronger our election process will becomes.  We also have an obligation to voice our opinions and on this I think we have come so much farther than we were even three years ago.  I would like to think I had a small part in that transition, but, there are many Chahtas’ who have been fighting this fight for a very long time. I am humbled to follow in their paths in the ongoing quest for transparency and integrity in our government.

One thing regarding our existing government that I would like to emphasize and give thanks for, is that we can fight for transparency and democracy without the threat of repercussions from Miko Batton.  I don’t agree with everything he may be instituting, but I am a supporter of the positive changes he is making as Chief.  Chahtas’ especially Chahta employees can now have the freedom to vote for the candidate they choose.  If for some reason, you are pressured or overtly threatened to vote a certain way, please contact me.  We must continue with progressive, positive change while moving forward and stomp out those who would force us back into our dark ages.

As the blog reaches almost 70,000 hits, I want to thank so many people for your continued support. I want to reiterate that as Chahta’s, it is our right as well as our responsibilities to make changes in our government that benefit our members equally.  The blog started out as an angry rant but has now turned into something more positive as well. There are a group of remarkable Chahta Ohoyo’s to thank for this change.  They have encouraged me to turn my personal injustice into a vehicle for change for our people as a whole. I am so invigorated because what began as a small group of Chahta Women has permeated through Chahta families, once again proving the power of good people committed to change.

I am currently gathering a list of questions for all candidates running for office.  If you would like to have a question answered or at least asked please email me at stephaniecrowder@live.com. Or add it here on the CVB blog.

I look forward to receiving your questions and providing new and innovative ways (expect another announcement soon) to connect with our Chahta people.  Chi Hollo Li.

Chi pisa la chike,

CW (S. Crowder)

(Stephanie Crowder has written under the pseudonym Choctaw Wright and Muriel Wright since December 21, 2011)

Halito Sisters & Brothers,

Our Chief is announcing his candidacy by throwing a huge party in McAlester with none other than Neal McCoy as entertainment. Here I sit shaking my head again. Who will be the guest speaker the anti-native Governor Mary Fallon? Who planned this kickoff event? It must be the same old people who seem to always plan them because it’s just like the ones the former chief and the felony chief had to announce their “candidacy”. I am trying so hard to see the silver lining for our current Chief but so far I see a man who cannot get true election reform and who is walking in the same muddy foot prints as those who have come before him. Let me tell you the sad part – this Chief has so much potential. Who in the world is advising him to throw an obviously outrageously expensive party only months after the Merida trial? How much is it costing? Who is paying for it? Who will be working it? Where is the million dollars noted in the federal trial that former Chief Pyle put away for your campaign? Is this where the money is coming from? Will there be transparency concerning how much JUST the kickoff event cost? And I mean down to the last lavish give away.

Can you not see and hear the Chahta people questioning your integrity? Let me tell you what I had hoped you would do and really what I thought you would be advised to do. Announce your candidacy in the most dignified possible way in the same fashion as “town hall” meetings. Invite any opponents or just regular hard working, struggling, Chahta’s to bring you their questions in a public forum and answer them as honestly as you can. Invite the absentee voters to participate by sending in questions by joining a meeting via Skype. Chahta’s are soooo tired of the smoke and mirrors and it’s very disappointing to know you cannot see that. If you must have music then have our Chahta people sing. Our tribe has some of the most beautiful voices out there, turn your candidacy announcement into a CHAHTA celebration. I’m sure Neal McCoy is a swell guy and a fantastic 90’s singer but I don’t associate him with our people. It’s insulting to think that this is part of your strategy for clearing your name? Insulting and very frankly, ineffective. You will have mostly employees there and some Choctaw people there as well but the whisperings will be about the money and you walked right into it. I would take a good long look at who is advising you concerning your strategy and let them know what worked in previous decades will not work the same way now not after all of the corruption. Pandora’s Box has been opened and a new flat screen isn’t going to close it.

This Chief, while not elected by the Chahta people, has so many positives working in his favor such as having managed a multi-billion dollar business. I bet a lot of you don’t know that he has been the one overseeing a business as the CEO for years now. Not just checking on it now and then but down in the trenches making big decisions. Why wouldn’t that be the focus? Why the circus? Tell me, tell us everything that qualifies you to be our Chief because it’s so much more than a title.

Be your own man don’t isolate yourself with the old guard. When I see that over the top party (and I’ve seen it in the past – was made to blow up balloons for it) I think of my grandmother and my room at her house. I would be lying in my bed and if it was windy outside my hair would blow in the wind as if the window was open. Why can’t we use all of these political dollars to insure safe and secure housing for our elders? Why does it take millions of dollars to run as a candidate for Choctaw Chief? Where did this go wrong? We have to look at this my Chahta family for what it is. We have to hold the amount of money it takes to throw this celebration in one hand and our elders’ needs in the other and see which is heaviest. My guess would be it’s about the same except the money hand benefits our people the least and our elders are still struggling. It’s a shame. The hunting trips, the fake boobs, the extravagant cars and the elitist parties while our elders do the best they can. I am beginning to wonder if we will ever be given the chance to make it right.

Chi pisa la chike,

CW (S. Crowder)

(S. Crowder has written under the pseudonym Choctaw Wright and Muriel Wright since December 21, 2011)

Halito Brothers & Sisters,

This is a time of pivotal change.  It will be written in the history of our tribal nation.  We are about to lose the inherent right of our people to govern ourselves.  I am not talking about tribal self-governance and the relationship we as a sovereign nation have with state and federal governments.  I am talking about within ourselves.  We are about to sign away our rights to leadership that is Chahta.

Who is heading this movement to remove Chahta from our government – Kalyn Free the creator of Choctaws Rising.  Does she do this out of a love for the people?  Does she do it out of some obligation to rid us of corrupt leaders?  Corruption – that’s a heavy word with all kinds of nahullo meanings.  If corruption is defined as greedy and selfish (which by the way is the definition of nahullo) then maybe everyone should be measured with the same veracity.

Ms. Free reported this excerpt on her web page Choctaw’s Rising with scathing remarks concerning Chief Batton’s integrity and his moral character.  “I felt guilty about it.” This was Chief Batton’s response when asked why he wrote $27,500 checks to charities. Chief Batton was on the stand today for nearly four hours and testified to the following: (1) Batton went an all expense paid hunting trip to NM paid for by now convicted Brent Parsons of Builder’s Steel. Two of the four on that trip have pled guilty, the third is Merida, and the fourth is Batton. It was “not a business trip.”

Parsons flew a private plane to Hugo to pick up Batton. When asked if there were any other trips, Batton said “No.”; (2) When asked if he had gone to Ft Worth, Batton remembered that he had flown yet again on Brent’s private plane, this time being picked up in Durant, to Cabela’s in Ft Worth to “buy gear” for the NM hunting trip. Brent paid for everything. Batton wasn’t asked about the dinner Batton allegedly bought for the four of them during that trip and whether he used the tribe’s credit card or his own. Perhaps Matt Silverstein can ask the Chief to answer that question? (3) Batton admitted that Parsons paid $50,000 into Pyle’s campaign fund to have a private dinner at a fancy restaurant in Tulsa with Pyle and Batton;…”

In 2004 Kalyn Free made an unsuccessful bid for the United States Congress.  She blames much of this loss on then Chief Greg Pyle who didn’t support her in the democratic primary.  As part of the public record which can be accessed at http://eqs.fec.gov/eqsdocsMUR/28044212013.pdf Kalyn Free was found guilty of violating several federal campaign laws (see page 7 for a listing).  You will also see her signature acknowledging she stole money from her federal campaign for Congress.  http://eqs.fec.gov/eqsdocsMUR/28044211963.pdf

As you can see Ms. Free committed the following federal violations during and after her 2004 campaign:

  1. Accepted a lump sum of $15,000.00 from campaign funds AFTER the loss
  2. Accepted a lump sum of $30,000 from campaign funds AFTER the loss
  3. Set up an accounting system to pay her an advance AFTER the loss
  4. Did not report the monies paid as a debt thereby nullifying the monies as a loan

The above were violations of USC 2 Improper Use of Federal Campaign Dollars for Personal Use.  All told the monies added up to almost $50,000.00 the same amount she is so outraged by in the above reference post on Choctaws Rising.

My question is this why does she want to remove the blood quantum restrictions? She has no interest in running for Chief?  However, she does have interest in acting as the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma legal counsel as she currently does for the Cherokee, or so she says.  As a person who often quotes what the Chahta Chief and Council are being paid I think you will be delighted to know the Cherokee Nation Executive Branch (which is basically the Chief) pays Ms. Free some $275,000 per/year.  Her first year with the Cherokees she made more than half a million dollars in nine months and the Tribal Council voted to forbid any one not Cherokee from being Chief Counsel, this was targeted directly at her.  So she changed her title and moved her invoices over to the Cherokee Nation Businesses where it is not available for public review and denies FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests from the Council.  She’s taken more than a million from the Cherokees in less than four years by instigating the removal of blood quantum and greatly helping Bill John Baker 1/164th Cherokee become the current Cherokee Chief.  Is this what our people want, a Chief that is 1/164th?

I think what really affects me concerning these revelations is how powerfully and with ease she throws stones in her own glass house.  Tell us Ms. Free after breaking federal campaign laws did you give that amount to charity, because Chief Batton broke not one federal campaign law, as a matter of fact, he did not break any law and yet he gave the money to charity.  This Chief as Assistant Chief began the very process that brought the illegal activities to light. You signed the above referenced documents in federal court admitting your guilt and yet you call for campaign reform?  These reforms were discussed and created, written and re-written long before you or I ever started our separate efforts to change the CNO.  Yes the amendments were discussed except for removal of the blood quantum requirement YOU insisted on that little change.

Did you feel bad? Did you track down who donated that money for your own campaign and pay it back to them?  Or did you pay back the Federal Government and call it a day after you were caught?  You demand so many answers from Chief Batton how about providing some answers to your own actions?  At the end of the day Ms. Free I want to know do the Cherokee people welcome you with open arms or do they keep asking themselves how you managed to ingrain yourself into their nation at more than one million dollars a year.

Chahta people we have so much to do to make change but signing our Chahta away is not one of them.

CW

Halito Chahta Family,

“I want to become the number one employer in Oklahoma and love for the Choctaw Nation to become world renown in the future, said Gary Batton”, http://www.newson6.com/story/25378662/gary-batton-sworn-in-as-new-choctaw-nation-chief

This is a quote from our new Miko.  I respectfully say, number one employer of whom?  World renown to whom?  Love for the Choctaw Nation by whom?  This can’t be directed to us, the Chahta people?  I don’t know about you, my brothers and sisters but I don’t want the world to “love” the Chahta.  I would rather have freedom to vote, freedom to run for election, freedom to work and prosper without henchmen to tear down signs, to intimidate and pay voters, to pistol whip candidates at our annual gathering. I want a workplace that doesn’t see the Chahta as stupid or threatening to those non-Chahta in power.  I want our Chahta people to be informed of the true goings on within our government, I want those Chahta who have left our land boundaries to have incentives to come home or at least know that their sisters and brothers welcome their input on tribal affairs.  I want candidates to not have to be wealthy to run for office.  I want our tribal paper to present both sides of the story and hold accountable our leaders.  We all know what I want.  I have written about it over and over.  I have also prayed to our Creator God for relief from the tyranny and embarrassment of our Chahta government.

Now, I once again respectfully request you read the following letter from attorney and Chahta tribal member, Kalyn Free requesting the desperately needed changes required to truly give our people the freedom we not only deserve but are entitled to as Chahta people. To find out how to sign this petition please see Ms. Free’s email address listed at the bottom of the last page.  It’s not requested as a favor it’s requested because for the first time in forty plus years you may actually have a say in the future leadership of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.  Please pay special attention to the “CC” at the bottom of the letter.

I hope this is the Miko who will change our decades long history of being one of the most oppressed and violently controlled tribes in the United States.  We will see…

CW

KALYN FREE

ATTORNEY AT LAW

May 1, 2014

Principal Chief Gary Batton Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr
Speaker Delton Cox & Tribal Council PO Box 1210
Durant, OK 74701

Dear Chief Batton, Assistant Chief Austin, Speaker Cox and Councilors:

This is an historic opportunity for the Choctaw Nation and our people. As we enter this unprecedented time in our nation’s history, my hope is for this new administration to be imbued with the wisdom, integrity and compassion of those who came before us. My prayer is that you, our elected and appointed leaders, will find it in your hearts to embrace the Choctaw people, to engage with us and to welcome participation in our government.

I listened intently to Chief Batton’s inaugural address and his closing words to always “do what is best for the Choctaw people” brought hope to my heart. This chief and council have the ability to right the wrongs of the past and to chart a new and promising course for the future of our great Nation.

During the course of my career, I have been particularly blessed to have traveled extensively throughout Indian Country, having visited almost every reservation in the lower 48. Literally hundreds of times over the years, when people learn that I am a proud citizen of the Choctaw Nation, I have heard remarks of “Oh yes, that’s the tribe that doesn’t have real elections”; “that’s the tribe that is ruled by a dictator”; “that’s the tribe that appoints their chiefs”; “that’s the tribe that won’t let their people participate in elections”; “that’s the tribe that won’t let candidates communicate with the voters.”

Most of Indian Country and engaged people in the state of Oklahoma are fully aware that the past two chiefs, both of whom ascended to office by virtue of appointment, Greg Pyle and Hollis Roberts, adamantly opposed fair elections and the release of contact information for Choctaw voters. In fact, since our removal to Oklahoma, we have only had one chief, C. David Gardner, elected by the people when he took the oath of office as Principal Chief.

Countless Choctaws are cautiously optimistic that Chief Batton and the Tribal Council will reverse this medieval position and release the voter lists so Choctaw citizens can be fully informed, communicate with one another, participate in the electoral process, have a true voice in tribal government and move our Nation forward.

Some tribal councilors and the Choctaw Nation Registration department have told me that the Election Board “does not meet until shortly before an election is called.” In other tribal governments, the requests below would be made to the election board or commission. However, Article IX Section 5 of our Constitution fully empowers the Council to prescribe election procedures and regulations. Given the unique nature and composition of the Election Board, coupled with the Tribal Council’s history on these issues and the timing restraints, I am requesting this information and cooperation from the Chief and Tribal Council.

Article XVI of the Choctaw Constitution sets forth specific procedures for our citizens to propose legislation through the Initiative and Referendum process. Section 1of this Article mandates stringent timelines on the filing of petitions and the timing of special elections, which must be called if the petition is filed more than a year before the next chief s election.

Article XVIII Section 1 of the Constitution mandates that amendments to our Constitution may be proposed by the Tribal Council or by the filing of a petition signed by the requisite 30 percent of the voters who voted in the last chief s election, which was the 1999 election.

In order to propose legislation or amendments to the constitution a citizen must know certain factual information that is not publicly available and which only the Nation maintains records of.

Thus, I am requesting the following information:

1. Total Number of Choctaws aged 18 and over
2. Total Number of registered voters
3. Total Number of Choctaws in each county in Oklahoma
4. Total Number of Choctaws aged 18 and over in each county in Oklahoma
5. Total Number of Choctaws aged 18 and over in each state
6. Total Number of registered voters in each state
7. Total Number of Choctaws aged 18 and over with valid addresses
8. Total Number of Choctaws aged 18 and over with invalid addresses
9. Total Number of registered voters with valid addresses 10. Total Number of registered voters with invalid addresses
11. Total Number of voters who voted in the 1999 chief s election
12. Tabulated results of the 1999 chief s election; specifically, the total votes received by each candidate
13. Total votes received in each precinct by each candidate in the 1999 chief s election
14. Total votes received by each candidate by absentee ballot in the 1999 chief s election

15. If absentee ballots were segregated in the 1999 chief s election, I am requesting the total absentee votes received by each candidate by voters residing within the Choctaw Nation
16. Tabulated results of the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011tribal council elections 17. The names of all candidates who appeared on the ballot in the elections
referenced in #16 above and the results for each candidate by precinct and the number of absentee ballots cast for each candidate
18. A list of voters who voted by absentee in the 1999 chief s election and/or any of the subsequent tribal council elections, which include 2003, 2007 and 2011
19. A list of voters, including names and addresses, who voted by absentee in the 1999 chief s election and/or any of the subsequent tribal council elections, which include 2003, 2007 and 2011
20. A list of voters who voted in person in the 1999 chief s election and/or any of the subsequent tribal council elections, which include 2003, 2007 and 2011
21. A list of voters, including names and addresses, who voted in person in the 1999 chief s election and/or any of the subsequent tribal council elections, which include 2003, 2007 and 2011
22. A list of registered voters, including names and addresses, eligible to vote in tribal elections; please segregate this list by valid and invalid addresses
23. Total number of households the Biskinik is delivered to; it has been rumored that this number is 80,243
24. A list of all Choctaws who receive the Biskinik
25. A list of all Choctaws with complete mailing address who receive the Biskinik
26. Election Procedures or Ordinance that the Tribal Council contends are effective and will govern a special election and/or the 2015 chief and tribal council elections.

If the Tribal Council maintains that the Election Ordinance, referenced in # 26 above and currently displayed on the Nation’s website, is in effect and controlling, please provide documentary evidence that this Election Ordinance was approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. If there is a different set of election procedures, other than those currently on the Nation’s website, that the Council contends will govern special elections and the 2015 chief and tribal council elections, please provide those.

Article V, Section 1 of the Election Ordinance, which appears on the Nation’s website, purports to fully empower the Election Board with the authority to determine the date of the 2015 election, subject to approval by the chief and tribal council. Assuming only for this limited purpose that the referenced Election Ordinance is valid, please advise as to the month and year the Election Board and/or the Tribal Council intends to hold the next chief and council elections.

While I have faith that a majority of the Tribal Council will ultimately do the right thing and enact a new Election Ordinance that provides for full and open participation by all Choctaws, I recognize that this will take some time. Thus, during

the interim, I am requesting a list of names of all Choctaws who have voted in every election including and since 1999. The Election Ordinance provides at Article VIII, Sections 1and 2 that any candidate who has filed for office, upon request, will be provided a list of the registered voters in each district. The incumbent tribal councilors, some of which have served more than two and three decades, have each had multiple opportunities to acquire and refine said lists. Thus, immediately releasing only the voters’ names to allow the citizenry to participate in the Initiative, Referendum and Petition process is only a small first step in allowing Choctaws to exercise our constitutional rights.

Because the Election Board is not available, I am asking the Chief and/or Council to designate an office or person( s) that I can communicate with and that can assemble the information I have requested. Clearly, there are certain parts of my request that should not be controversial and I am hopeful that I can get responses to these requests quickly. The requests that I believe can be quickly responded to are: ## 1- 14, 16, 17, and 23.

If the requested information is available in an electronic format, please provide it in the same format. For example, lists of citizens and voters are maintained in a digital format and thus are requested in this medium. Other documents, such as election results may be maintained in “hard copies” or pdfs. To the extent possible that these documents can be scanned and sent electronically, I am requesting this be done.

I will gladly pay for any research, scanning, copying or labor costs associated with fulfilling this request. I will be happy to travel to Durant and review records from our previous elections that are publicly available and make my own copies or designate for your staff which documents I wish to copy. If you have any questions about my request or wish to discuss this matter, please call me at 918.916.0716 or email me at kalyn@kalynfree.com .

In closing, Chief Batton I believed you when you said you want to do “what is best for the Choctaw people” and thus pray that you will lead by example and support the Council in their efforts to have a transparent and fair election process. My hope is that each of you will listen to your hearts, your people and pray on these things. If I may ever be of service to each of you or the Choctaw people, please call on me.

Yakoke,

cc: DOI Solicitor General Hilary Tompkins
      Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn
      BIA Area Director Bob Impson

Halito Brothers and Sisters,

As most of you know Chief Greg Pyle is retiring. Love him or not it’s the end of an era, or is it? Since former Chief Roberts created the Assistant Chief position the election of Chief has been a carefully, ardently controlled process and we, the voters, have not had any say. Our votes are controlled by those who would lose the most if their regime was voted out. Remember money and power are aphrodisiacs to even the strongest most moral of men and women.

I see that even some members of the opposition to this one party system have crossed their fingers and bowed their heads hoping that Chief Gary Batton will change the way Chahta leadership does business. He is the first Chief to publicly support the opposition to the pipeline across our tribal jurisdiction. This is significant because he has put his name beside members of the opposition, traditionalists who are calling for change. Is this a sign that Batton is more supportive of Chahta rights? Were his hands tied all this time in making true significant change? Will he be able to call off the goons who intimidate, rip up signs, threaten and ridicule opposition candidates? Will he provide space in the Biskinik for ALL candidate platforms? Will he truly let the people decide? Will he enact a TERO department?

This is what I know he has done:
* He plays stickball (I happen to like this)
* He supported and implemented a Choctaw University for CNO employees
* He supported the opposition to the pipeline
* He implemented audits throughout the CNO (several incidents of embezzlement were found)
* He and his wife have adopted Chahta children
* He is a hard worker and his right hand people have good work ethics – they are Chahta

This is what disturbs me:
* He has promoted known liars and greedy leaders into high positions of power
* Some who were revealed in those audits to be unethical were moved to different positions or their involvement kept quiet
* Due to the audit lower level leadership took the fall to cover the true criminals
* He has continued the same managerial style that gives employees no recourse against an unethical manager or supervisor

So we are back to the question of hope. We are back to the questions of transparency and true democracy. We are back to the questions of truly serving the Chahta people.

It is no secret that I am a religious person. I believe in the power of prayer. I think we should pray for our new leader to have the moral armor to lead us into an era of Chahta rights and a redistribution of power. What is there to be afraid of? By opening our elections, by ending the oppression he could RIGHTFULLY be Chief for many many years. However, if it’s more of the same corruption, secrecy and greed then we have nothing but what we have had for almost four decades.

Yakoke,
CW

Good Day am Intek & Nakfish,

Were you upset by District 9 going to Ted Dosh? I know those of you out there who regularly read the blog believe I was upset. I can’t say that I wasn’t but I expected it. It was no surprise. As I watched from afar the corruption, the untold thousands of dollars being spent on Ted’s behalf, the job for votes, the intimidation, the forced labor, access to the voters list and countless other fraudulant activities I would have been hugely surprised if Birdie Williams had won. How can a normal person with normal means overcome such intimidation and relentless fraud?

My people take heart in this, according to a leading Indian newspaper Birdie Williams came within 200 some odd votes of beating Ted Dosh. What turned the tide were the coerced votes of the Choctaw CNO employees. That’s right, Birdie Williams won the absentee vote. Truth be told she probably won the election but we will never know for sure because you and I both know the CNO and the powers that be would have never conceded defeat. So the arm twisted Choctaw members in Durant won the election. I can’t complain because feeding your family comes before voting out a corrupted official.

Ted Dosh how do you feel about “winning” this election? Do you sleep well at night knowing you didn’t win but stole the Chahta people’s right to a fair unbiased and honest election? Or does the money keep you so warm you sleep like a baby and damn the very people you have been ah hum “elected” to serve? What about the Chahta tribal member in the nursing home? You remember him? He wanted to vote but was told they would only bring him a ballot if he voted for you? When you go to the pearly gates and a replay of your life is shown are you going to be proud of what you’ve done? To your own people Ted – you sold out to power, corruption and absolute dictatorship. You know what you BARELY “won”, the people are waking up and that warms my heart and makes me even more hopeful.

Where by the way, is the unbiased totally independent election board? Aren’t you supposed to take care of this corruption? Throw this election out? Or as I suspected all along you are just puppets being controlled by the Chief? After all he appointed you. It’s laughable this system you have Pyle. How in the world you have gotten away with decades of corruption and greed I will never know or understand. You take our sovereignty and you put it all at risk for your own benefit. As I have said numerous times you should be ashamed but I don’t think a man who blames his Hepatitus B on his wife has any shame.

Below is a scathing comment from #1 Choctaw, my old friend who has named me as the person responsible for the civil war within the Chahta tribe. Nahollo (#1 Choctaw) you give me way too much credit. My one little vote is nothing. My one little blog just tells it like it is and for that you want to shame me? How dare I expose even a small part of the corruption and the Chahta hatred spewed out by the CNO machine? I should be a good Choctaw and just wait patiently for change and expose nothing of the abuse, degradation and stripping away of rights that is being done to our people. I will make you this promise #1 Nahollo this fight isn’t over. If we can’t get our rights back from our own Choctaw Traitor Leaders then we will need to find an alternative – you just can’t have what is by birth ours. We are not going to give you what our families so long ago died for. The days of raping and abusing our Chahta women are over. The days of forcing handouts over hand ups are fast coming to a close. Even if that means going to the feds to do it.

“Your agenda of deceit and revenge is hurting the very people you claim to love and protect. Your misinformation will only divide the nation you you claim that you want to unite! How dare you lie to the good people that actually trust your bogus information you post here!

It’s amazing how much information you seem to have, but there’s never any true evidence for what you claim to hear or see. I have looked back at many of your blog entries and what you write is littered false accusations and claims. On several entries I have actually posted rebuttals with the facts listed and cited so your readers could confirm the real truth, and you have deleted them! I doubt you will have the guts to let this one stay either.” #1Choctaw

I would like to clarify something for my readers. #1 Nahollo has not been sending facts with cited sources she/he was hoping I would publish this rant in its entirety (which I have) so as to lie about sending me the “truth”. He/she knew I would publish this because I have always published what she/he has said. #1 Nahollo is a mouthpiece for this administration who spends millions of dollars marketing their good deeds and integrity while hiding their dirty shameful secrets. That’s what makes me the perfect target, I know differently and after these last rounds of elections so many people contacted me to say, I never really thought what you were saying was true until I saw what happened during this election.

To our absentee voters – I want to apologize. I didn’t give you enough credit to see what was happening here. You don’t know what your votes have done. You have given us, the ones who dare to fight the battle, hope that what we are doing is not in vain. I will never underestimate your love for the people and for your own heritage again. Thank you for such a valuable gift as hope for change.

CW

Halito,

Yes for the first time I am writing twice in a 24 hour period. Those who know how to get in touch with me are doing so in secret. I can’t say I blame them. I have always tried to protect my sources identities. However, I am going to ask a favor of Ted Dosh’s family – contact me I may be writing a book about the CNO seeing how I am in hiding anyway. A book with documents thanks to Chahta’s who are fed up with the corruption and the treatment of Chahta people. Maybe I’ll start out with the Chahta Candidate who dared run for Chief and was beaten outside of Tushka Homma during our festival, beaten by Roberts and PYLE’s goons. Chapter Two the mysterious vehicle fire death of a high ranking executive. Chapter Three BUYING THE VOTE.

Speaking of Buying the Vote let’s talk about Ted Dosh. Close to half a million dollars in bankruptcy was filed in his past. Former high school classmates have been very vocal about his words, “I aint no Indian” and “And I sure as hell aint no damn Choctaw” – of course those were words uttered by a very young teen Ted Dosh. However, the bankruptcy was as an adult (its public record). Oh and there is a corporation that loans money to people using their homes as collataral. This corporation loans the money (usually fairly small sums say $500 or so) and kind of like one of those loan places that loans on the deed to your car if you don’t pay criminally high interest loaded loan payments they come in and take your house. A major partner in this corporation, Ted Dosh.

Today, CNO goons ripped down Berdie Williams signs outside a diner/filling station in Bennington (thank you to the eyewitness who graciously shared this information). What are they so scared of? Just the other day I was reading what a wonderful man Ted Dosh was, how he brought in the daycare center, the fitness center, the community center (these were almost all FEDERAL GRANT MONIES). Did he write those grants, of course not. What he actually does is run interference for the Chief and his goons. Actually I think Chief’s goons are on loan to Ted so they can pull up all of Mrs. Williams signs before tomorrow. Ted Dosh is the councilman who has in his district billions of dollars and where does all that money go? How many scholarships did you give out in the past four years Ted? I would have liked to have seen that in an article? I know they don’t use those billions to buy our elders lunch every day. Who out there in Chahta Country thinks the CNO can afford to at least supply one meal a day for the seniors? It’s hard to conceive a billion dollars – try this- there are a billion seconds in 32 years. That’s just one billion and the CNO clears BILLIONS with an “s”. Yeah that could buy at least flour for fry bread every day.

Lets look at Ted Dosh’s campaign in terms you can see from wherever you are. The CNO (not necessarily TED DOSH) is paying thousands upon thousands for a major marketing campaign. You see his glitzy adds in the papers, hundreds of CNO workers are being forced to campaign for him whether they live in his district or not, hundreds of CNO workers are being forced to vote for him whether they are in his district or not (why? Distric 9 is the richest most powerful district). How much would the time of those hundreds of employees be worth to someone like Berdie Williams who is running on her own family’s money which isn’t an unlimited source totaling in the billions? You know what else the head of the CNO election board was seen wearing a Ted Dosh campaign shirt and getting a rest from the heat in his trailer. The HEAD OF THE ELECTION BOARD! The election board is a farce controlled by Greg Pyle. Step down traitor. Look at the Biskinik you haven’t read one word about Berdie Williams have you? Ever ask yourself why not?

You know what my people if you are being forced to vote then take a stand and just don’t vote at all. At least you wouldn’t be contributing to the demise of the Chahta people’s right to a fair election. If Ted Dosh is paying your bills because of your injury in a bar fight don’t vote. You know why he’s paying your bills because you come from a large Choctaw family. You think he really cares whether you live or die past election day?

You know what I suggest to all of you in District 9, on your way to the polls show up at Ted’s house and ask for your money, he’s giving it out but you can sure bet it will dry up day after tomorrow. I really do encourage you to go ask Ted where your money is because we all know the CNO doesn’t give out much money only if your about to lose your residence then it’s $350 plus a few utilities once a year. Maybe a small scholarship or two – think billions and where does it go? If this man wants to buy votes then go get your money!

There is a man who is ill and is treated on a regular basis at the hospital so the family called to see if they could get his ballot mailed to him. The CNO being the angel organization it is offered to hand deliver it – only if he were voting for Ted Dosh. If he were voting for Berdie Williams well sick or not that’s just too bad. Big hearts huh. More like BIG CORRUPTION.

What do we have to do petition the President of the United States? I mean they help countries like Egypt with toletairian regimes? It’s pitiful that our own Choctaw leaders would trample our rights but it’s even more pitiful to see Choctaw people sell themselves so cheaply, sell their children’s rights for dollars, for low paying jobs. YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN THAT. Our peole have had forty some odd years of this corruption when my people will it end? Ted Dosh has had decades in this office. TED DOSH will NEVER have to worry about how he will live when he retires because his nest is cushy from the sovereignty of our people.

When you cast that vote tomorrow think beyond yourself and if you think about what it means to have real true Chahta blood running in your veins there is no way you could vote for a man who for most of his life was ashamed to be Chahta.

Praying you do whats right for our people,

CW

Halito Chahta Family,

I recently was sent an anonymous message which reads:

“I wonder if this scenerio makes sense to you.

I’ve long wondered how absentee ballots are flooded in at the last moment of an election. We know those Choctaws who were listed in the Bishinik newspaper could not be located. And, IF these same Choctaws DID NOT update their addresses or contact the tribal membership office they still remain “lost”. So their names can be used, ballots sent to various addresses in their names and all will vote for their (CNO’s) candidate. The Absentee Ballot Request Form does not require a person to provide their social security number. The address does not need to even match up with any address. I was told that ballots could be mailed to a different address, one that the voter may be at the time. The ballot address WOULD NOT update their tribal membership address and had nothing to do with tribal membership records.

This is how the dead get to vote as no one at the membership has been provided a death certificate and they remain on the list. Im thinking that if they even called in to change/update their addresses and the ballot is tied to the membership office then why is the membership office even making an attempt to ask for it during an election cycle? Because it identifies those Choctaws who remain “lost” and their ballots are open game. I suspect even voters from other districts can be voted because they are “lost” too!

The only way to at least let tribal membership know that we know is to post for Choctaws on the list who did not update or contact the membership office to ask these Choctaws to call, after the election, to the election board and ask if they voted in the election. Knowing they didn’t well, you can see where it leads. If the membership office knew ahead of time that Choctaws plan to call in after the election maybe they might be a hesitant to use their names. It is the tribal membership office that certifies voters to vote in the election. The election board sends out ballots to those who the membership office has cleared”.

Makes sense doesn’t it? The Biskinik sends out this list of thousands of names because they want to UPDATE their records. I think that may have just came out a couple of months ago? So now the ones they haven’t heard from magically vote for whomever Greg Pyle supports for council in the various elections. Notice that wasn’t a question but a statement.

I ask you this my people how can one man with a smaller group of chosen leaders have so much power? Because we let them, we let him. How can you Choctaw who accept the bribes sleep at night thinking of the betrayal of your own people? I have been called just about everything you can think of but I sleep well knowing what I stand for comes from a good place. When you sit in your church, those Chahta Churches that might as well not exist during an election year, and you accept the promises from those crooked un – Godly men how do you then stand up and say that you are men and women of God? I would rather sit in a hot poor Church filled with REAL Chahta people than sit in a palace with those who have sold their souls.

In years past before the diseases during the Tushka Homma gathering Greg Pyle said, “You have to fire those people they are way too Choctaw”. This is our leader and he makes me ashamed that people think he is our Chief – he is not our Chief – he is our THIEF. He has stolen our very rights and lets those he favors trample upon our free will and he has no respect for the very people he supposedly serves.

Those of you who do not believe what you see here I beg of you to check for yourselves. If you know someone from that long long list call and see how they voted – if they voted. Choctaw Nation can’t be sued (as of yet) but those individuals who work in membership can. I am personally offering $2000.00 dollars to anyone who can video voter fraud, that’s a heck of a lot more than the $350 dollars a year you can get from emergency services (oh since this is an election year you can probably get more than that but don’t worry it will go right back where it was before after the election). This video must show clearly and with audio the fraud. Let’s see how many dead people vote this year.

CW

Halito Brothers & Sisters,

Mrs. Williams candidate for District 9 has received a lot of feedback concerning her platform. Some people are assuming Mrs. Williams is the CVB candidate and she has asked me to explain that she is running her own campaign and has no official or unofficial ties to the Choctaw Voting Block party.

I understand her concern. No one in the last decade has dared to publically proclaim what our Choctaw leaders are doing is not only unethical but laced with intimidation and wrong doing except for the writers of this blog and other members of the CVB party. So yes this blog has expressed outrage and called for honest, even playing field elections and that has yet to happen. We have expressed the demand for a Choctaw Employee Rights Organization and we dare to demand our Choctaw people be treated with respect – not happening. We have had the gall to expect our Choctaw leaders to educate and prepare our own people to lead and manage OUR nation. So what has been written about in this blog is explosive and controversial in our Chahta community. How else were we to begin the wave of rebellion by begging and patiently waiting for our leaders to listen to their conscious? How many years have we been waiting for just that? I was twelve years old when I participated in my first election with my parents. That candidate was Wendell David, who lost. Subsequently, most if not all of his relatives were fired, their means to feed their Chahta families taken away just because they had blood ties to a Chahta who dared run for a council seat. That was some 32 years ago and only one example in a group of hundreds. So yes I’ve tried to get people angry and I’m not apologetic because if Chahta’s don’t take back their nation then it’s doomed to decades of fixed elections and crooked politics. I want more for my descendants.

Mrs. Williams has not read, to my knowledge, all of the blog posts and has never been a member of the CVB. What I do think in my short conversation with her is that she has the welfare of the Chahta people upper most in her mind and she seems unafraid. I remember her from the time I walked the Choctaw government halls, she is a classy professional Chahta woman, I thought that then and I believe it even more today. This is a woman who knows why she is running for the council seat in District 9. Above all, above the Choctaw Voting Block party, above the infamy of conflict, above the unethical deeds of our leadership is the welfare of the Chahta people. When you have a seated council member who lets the abuse of the Chahta people in District 9 continue there should be no question how you should vote. Vote for the welfare of our people today and for the generations of tomorrow.

The ABSENTEE VOTE will win this election and all ballot request forms must be in the election board office no later than 4:30 on June 26th. The absentee vote is critical to a win!

Yakoke,

CW