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Halito Brothers & Sisters,

I have received word that the lavish kick off campaign party for Miko Batton was paid for out of a long standing campaign fund. Council members and Chiefs in the past have not had challengers for their seats in office, hence the surplus. My question would be where do these funds come from? Is the bank account where the funds are housed pay interest and if so to whom? Are these funds from Enterprises? Are they donations or a combination of both? To me, and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, sound like funds that belong to the Chahta people. Why, you may ask. Well because they wouldn’t exist without the sovereignty and existence of our tribe and our tribe wouldn’t exist without our people.

The question about whether these funds were added to by a former Chief with donations from certain construction companies is also in question. Is this the same fund mentioned at the Jason Merida trial? Which begs the question, why do we even have to ask all these questions? This my Chahta family is at the heart of transparency. I personally don’t see anything wrong with having a special campaign fund that acquired it’s monies through any of the above mentioned ways. I would just like someone, anyone to stand up and say “yep it’s a campaign fund and here is the money trail”.

Also, as you know I think it’s ludicrous that a person would have to be well above upper middle class to run for an elected office within our tribe. I’ve said this on numerous occasions. Listen carefully to what I am about to write, if this campaign fund, belongs to the Chahta people then it shouldn’t benefit ONLY the sitting elected officials as it does now. An agreed upon amount should be divided evenly to all the candidates that qualify to run for an elected office. Then after receiving the amount of funds no one candidate should be allowed to spend an exuberant amount of money over that fund amount. If receipts need to be turned in showing the funds were actually used for campaign materials then so be it. We don’t want our tribe to mirror that particular trait of our federal government where millions are spent to attain an elected office.

So as we are readying ourselves to vote I ask only that as a Chahta citizen that you gather all the information you can about the candidates in each council district and the candidates for Chief. It is important to discern between expensive campaign materials and rhetoric verses grass roots efforts for change. This election year is so very important after the exposure of corruption and the rejection of transparency concerning distribution of the registered voters list. Our elected officials must be held accountable. So far, they have refused to answer questions that we as Chahta deserve answers to. They may even have logical legitimate answers but the silence is deafening and reeks of the old school mentality of keeping our people in the dark.

I suspect that you, like me, could handle the truth.

Chi Pisa La Chike

S. Crowder (Choctaw Wright)

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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)

Good Evening Brothers & Sisters,

Many of you have requested to see the information that will be distributed at this year’s Labor Day Festival. We have been granted a space after explaining that our right to have a space is protected in our current constitution. Our intent is to peacefully distribute information. We don’t want to be arrested or harassed and we plan on occupying our 10 X 10 space and going no further. You my family must come to us. We will be by the amphitheater.
I apologize for getting you this information so late but we have been debating the issue of removing the blood quantum limits for elected officials. I will not ever support such a move but I agree with all of the other proposed amendments so what you see below is true compromise. We must not let this one issue (designed by the federal government to eventually separate us) curtail our efforts at regaining are inherent freedoms. I believe this issue is one for the people and not for a few lone voices.
Below is the brochure in a plain text form. The petition is as we speak (per/say) is receiving last minute polishing and editing before going to the printer. The proposed amendments will be there for all to see at Labor Day. If we gather enough signatures (we need approximately 7000) we will be able to vote for each amendment separately. They are not rolled into one big bill like you would see in Washington. I encourage you to speak with a Cherokee Citizen to find out how they feel they are being represented since the removal of the blood quantum restriction for their elected officials. I know I will.

CW

Did You Know?
A non-Indian Tribal Attorney has represented both the Chief and the Council for nearly 40 years? In 1991 his “salary” was raised to more than $30,000 every month. Just since 1991, that is well over $8 MILLION Dollars. It is believed that this lawyer has been paid over $30 MILLION while the Choctaws have suffered. This non-Indian attorney controlled Hollis Roberts and Greg Pyle and many believe he controls Gary Batton.

Your Tribal Councilor makes as much as $175,000 per year?

The Chief sets his own salary and the salaries of high-ranking employees and you can never see the tribal budgets?

For the last 40 years, all our chiefs, except one, was “chosen” and not elected by the people?

Chief David Gardner, who died in office in 1978, was the last chief elected by the people? He was the last chief to serve who was not first appointed as Assistant Chief.

The Chief appoints the Assistant Chief and can fire him whenever he wants?

We don’t have term limits for our Chief and Council and that most of the current council has served more than 20 years and some more than 30 years?

All 12 members of the Council are men and that’s exactly how they intend to keep it?

The Chief and the Council used this corrupt system and all the power of the tribe to make sure the last three women who ran for Council did not win?

The Tribal Council conducts all its business behind closed doors and Choctaws are not allowed to attend the meetings where legislation, issues and spending are discussed?

Dozens of non-Indians are running the Tribe, drawing enormous salaries and these “bosses” treat tribal employees terribly?

Tribal employees have no employee rights, live in fear for their jobs and know the Chief can fire them at any time without recourse?

Our tribal Constitution was forced on the Choctaw people in 1983 and was created by former Chief Hollis Roberts to give more power to the Chief’s office?

Our previous Constitution, adopted in 1860, had term limits and didn’t have a blood quantum to run for Chief or Council?

About 130,000 or 2/3 of the Choctaws live “at-large” or outside the tribal boundaries?

These at-large Choctaws have no direct representation on the Tribal Council?

78% of Choctaws are less than ¼ blood and they cannot run for office?

The Chief, Assistant Chief and almost every member of the Council does not want to remove the blood quantum and allow any Choctaw to run for office,but they are counting on you to keep them in office to continue this corrupt government?

Of Course You Didn’t Know Because:
Those who do know, can’t tell those who don’t know.

The Chief and Council will not allow Choctaws to freely exercise our Freedom of Speech at Tvshka Homma except in a 10 x 10 square foot stockade. If we step foot outside of this tent and talk to anyone about these issues, we will be arrested and/or ordered to leave our sacred capitol grounds.

The Choctaw Nation does not have a free press and the tribal newspaper, the Biskinik, is simply a propaganda machine for the Chief’s office.

Candidates who run for tribal office cannot buy an ad in the tribal newspaper and the Biskinik will not print any letters to the editor that are critical of the Chief or Council.

The Chief and Council will not give the list of registered voters names and addresses to candidates running for office, so their opponents cannot tell you about their campaign platforms and vision for the tribe.

The Nation has absolutely no campaign fundraising or reporting laws. Companies doing business with the Tribe can give unlimited money to the Chief and Tribal Councilors to keep them in office so the non-Indians can continue cashing huge checks and running our tribe.

There is no Freedom of Information law in the Choctaw Nation. You cannot write the Chief or Council and ask for information and expect a response. They don’t have to and they won’t answer your questions.

What Can You Do?
You can help change all of this by signing the petition to amend our Constitution. Together we will bring great change to the Choctaw Nation, honor our ancestors, elect our own leaders and implement an open and transparent government that serves the Chahtas, not the Nahollos.
Choctaws Rising
choctawsrising.com
info@choctawsrising.com

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

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

Halito Nakfish and Intek,

You may be wondering why I stopped writing these posts.  I stopped because of death threats and the responsibility I have for those I love.  I also stopped because it was heartbreaking to see the same old politics winning.  I stopped because the former CVB district 9 candidate had no intention of changing a corrupt broken governmental system.  I thought if that was the case then why not let Ted Dosh have it at least he already knew, after twenty plus years, what hoops to jump through.

Then I receive a call concerning someone brave enough to run against Ted Dosh and the CNO zombie warriors (I’ll get to that in a moment).  This candidate has no affiliation with the Choctaw Voting Block party but I called the candidate anyway.  My one hypothetical question:  “If a Choctaw were to be fired would you investigate?”  She told me she would that she wanted better for the Choctaw people and couldn’t believe how she was being treated just for daring to run for office.  She was almost certain she would be fired, her campaign signs were being yanked literally out of the ground and in the halls of our Choctaw government no one would look at her because as you probably have already assumed she still works for the CNO.  Brave huh?

Let me tell you what you won’t see.  You won’t see Birdie Williams communicating her stance on issues in the Biskinik because that paper is only for the candidates chosen by Chief Pyle.  I would like to know where she stands on Choctaw natural resources and her thoughts on a CERO (tribal employee rights organization).  You won’t be seeing mail from Birdie or receiving a call because Chief Pyle won’t release the voter registration list.  Oh I should say a COMPLETE voter registration list because as I have mentioned before when forced by a judge to give out the list he released a list of names – just names.  No addresses no telephone numbers – just names and a good luck finding them across the globe.  All this while his very own media machine churns out propoganda that would make Hitler proud.

Do you know who is making calls and knocking on doors with that same COMPLETE list to guide them for Ted Dosh?  Choctaw Nation Employees (zombie warriors) whose votes are monitored and whose jobs are threatened.  You would be amazed at what people will do if it looks like their means to make a living are in jeapordy, believe me I understand.  They will take off Monday through Friday during normal work hours to campaign – hmmm.  They will say they are taking annual leave and will; but they will be given a free comp time day just to say thank you from the Chief.  They will out and out lie to casino employees, telling them Birdie is for firing all Choctaw who are not at least a quarter Choctaw, don’t believe it.  The same snakes who treat Choctaw employees like dirty interlopers are the same ones cultivating that lie and they think Choctaw people will believe anything.  They have no respect for you sisters and brothers so take their lies and put them where they belong in the trash.

I am going to share with you what I was told and that is that Anthony Dillard will be Assistant Chief when Pyle steps down.  In the future when Batton is no longer Chief, Dillard will name Eric Pyle as Assistant Chief.  Do you see where I am going with this?  This means you and I will not get a truly free election in our lifetime.  We won’t be allowed to vote for Chief in our lifetime because the Chiefs of our future are being chosen by only a few, much like former soviet union communism.

This has got to stop but I don’t know how.  I almost think it’s time to start thinking Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of the Interior.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

As for Birdie Williams you are a brave person but you are facing a mountain of lies and billions of dollars.  You have probably lost your job and prepare to be blacklisted but you have my vote.  I encourage you out there the Choctaw people in California, OKC, Tulsa, San Antonio, Seattle, Texas, wherever you may be to vote for Birdie Williams in District 9.  I encourage you to help us make a change for whats right because this administration lost it’s sense of morality a long time ago and we need you absentee voters to go beyond the hype and look and see what’s really going on.  All you have to do is look for any opposing voice in the Biskinik.  Do you see one?  You never will.  Will you ever see what Birdie stands for in the Biskinik?  No you won’t because they own the information and they aren’t going to share it.

Voters in District 9, grant programs paid for your community building and your wellness center.  Did Ted Dosh write those grants?  Nope.  Choctaw elders, other tribes feed their seniors everyday and pay for their trips?  What do you get?  Out of billions of dollars you get fed once a week and have to share your building with others.  In another district a Choctaw senior was thrown out by a non-Choctaw.  It could happen to you and do you think Ted Dosh would stick up for you?  Believe me he won’t.

Change is uncomfortable and sometimes you would rather dine with the devil you know rather than the one you don’t.  After twenty plus years Ted Dosh is still letting Choctaws lose their jobs and hasn’t done a damn thing about the system that lets them go.

We have to stand up sometime people.

Chi Pisa La Chike,

CW

Good Afternoon Brothers & Sisters,

I was telling my sons to get ready for the Idle No More gathering at the Durant Event Center parking lot.  I was saying mark your calendars for 7pm and let’s go stand for all Indian people.  My oldest son was good my youngest son, who is 16 years old ask me the question, “Why, that’s not our tribe”.

WHEW!  I looked at this boy about to become a man.  This boy that I love and I realized that he does not know our people.  That can sometimes happen in divorce especially if you have divorced a non-Indian.  It was my fault.  Even after all of these essays I had neglected to tell my own flesh and blood what it means to be Chahta and what it means to be Indian.

I told him, “our own tribe squeezes out Chahta people from working and running their own government because the nahullo’s smell money.  So many of our people have been fired and abused while working for our tribe that almost every family living within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma borders have one or MORE stories”, his eyes got big because he knew he opened up a box.

“Your own great grandparents (who have long since passed) were swindled out of allotment oil money and their children were almost forced to go to a boarding school.  They chose to not teach their children the language of the Chahta for fear they would not assimilate and face what they had faced growing up.”

okay, I’ll go

“No wait it’s my fault you have lost your since of being indian.  We go to this protest to stand up for what is right.  This chief Teresa Spence is refusing solid food because she had no other choice because of the atrocities happening in her people’s community.  Broken treaties and a lack of respect for her people.  We go there so our own Chief might see that we as Chahta people are sick and tired of being smashed and broken in our own enterprises.  Maybe if he sees us dancing and coming together to support Indian Country injustices he will finally give us a Chahta Employee Rights Organizaiton so no other Chahta person has to hear, you won’t get my job”!

Okay, okay, I said I would go.

“One last thing.  You are among the few with enough Chahta blood in your veins to someday be Chief of our tribe.  Don’t take that lightly because that number dwindles everyday and we need Chahta’s who will put our people and their future generations above all else.  Above greed and lust.  Above selfish thoughts and ignorant pursuits”.

BAM!  I could be Chief?

“Only if we can somehow wrestle our nation from the czarist regime controlling it now”.

So you see brothers and sisters I was not doing what I should have been doing his whole life.  I should have made it to where to be anything but Chahta would seem foreign to him instead of the other way around.  I fell down on the job but it’s not too late.  My son will be at the gathering, we are going as a family to support our larger family.  We cannot fall down on this job.  This is a pivotal moment in our history.  This gathering represents a turning point for not only all indians but for the Chahta people as well.  My people, my family, gather your grandparents, your cousins, your sisters and brothers and dance with us.  I pray to see you there.

Chi Pisa La Chike,

CW