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Halito Brothers & Sisters,

There is no doubt that the fight for transparency and free elections is gaining ground and that, in part, is due to Chief Batton. I want to give credit where credit is due. The recent inclusion of short bio’s of the candidates and the incumbents into the Biskinik is a historical event as is the committee on election reform. The option to have candidate information sent to registered voters is also of historical significance. There’s your credit.

Now, let’s look at how far we have to go. The CNO has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a beautiful state of the art website. Why aren’t there candidate/incumbent interviews on it? I am an absentee voter and I would like to get a feel for the candidates running for office that’s hard to do in a short bio. Where were the questions? There are so many how could anyone just simply leave them out? The first one would be, “why do you want to run for a Chahta council seat”? I think that’s a pretty simple question that our tribal newspaper failed to even ask. The crusaders for opposition to the status quo, The Choctaw National party, were the ones to video candidate forums. It’s amazing what can happen when Chahta voters can’t get the information needed from your own tribe. I applaud the efforts of the fledging opposition party.

I also applaud the new candidates running for council seats and am especially happy to see Ohoyo Chahta running for Chief and District 11 Council. I am, however very disappointed that Perry Thompson (District 8), Thomas Williston (District 1), Kenneth Bryant (District 3) and Ron Perry (District 5) have gone unopposed. Tell me Okla Chahta what message does this send to have these candidates unopposed since they are the very men who have continuously slapped down releasing the voters registration list? It’s obvious to me we need to remove the residency requirements for candidates from the Choctaw Constitution.

I am saddened to see huge amounts of money being spent on this campaign by the Chief and incumbent council and no one wants to answer where the campaign monies are coming from (when you vote that should be a major major deciding factor for the Chief’s Office). Even as I write this I think about the man who is to serve 15 years in prison for monies that went through several hands not just his. He shouldn’t be sitting in federal prison alone.

Not to mention using residency requirements to disallow other candidates to run for office especially when it wasn’t an issue when Tony Messenger lived in Durant but had a home in Broken Bow. Now, I like Tony Messenger I believe his heart is in the right place but if you are going to have rules then those rules need to apply to everyone or no one.

Lastly, the election board should be independent of the chief and council offices – period. To have them appointed by our leadership is another shallow attempt at the appearance of propriety and truth. Any board that is appointed by the Chief answers to the Chief, it just makes sense.

Chi Pisa La Chike and don’t forget VOTE VOTE VOTE!

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)

Halito Sisters and Brothers,

It angers me today the thought of once again having the FBI go through our government and weed out our own corrupt leadership. Why can’t we, as Chahta people, do this? Is it naïve of me to think that our people are smart enough, diligent enough and have enough integrity to rid ourselves of the greediness and arrogance on our own?

Let’s go into why we can’t. Our foundation of laws, the Choctaw Constitution has been weak for 181 years. A constitution that served are ancestors in 1831 is not going to serve us well now. A constitution whose amendments have been altered to fit the pockets of leadership willing to swell their own bank accounts at the expense of our children and elders is not going to serve us well now. The lack of compassion to our people who need it most disgusts me.

This new Miko, Gary Batton, is unwilling to give up any of his power. He is unwilling to change the constitution and is very laid back and easy going about it. He may be justifying it to himself as he knows what’s best. Is this the same justification used by Roberts and Pyle? Oh I’m sure it is. How else could any of them sleep at night. He must go. PERIOD. This is our opportunity to make change and he stands in the way. He represents a regime filled with sexual abuse, corruption, greediness, fraud and lies. The worst part is he sees no need for change so what does that say about him? It says everything we need to know.

So what should a Chahta Miko look like? He should be Chahta. He should put our people above the corporation. He should know this is a family business not a corporation. He should give a good deal of his power back to the people. He should be for term limits and balancing the constitution. He should give greater opportunities for representation outside of the Chahta boundaries. He should give a portion of his power back to an uncorrupt council. Where is this man???? OR Where is this woman??? To find this person does it mean we have to drop the residency requirement? Because I’m telling you right now I do not, nor will I ever, support dropping the blood quantum requirement for elected officials. In my mind and in my heart I believe all tribal entities should be operated by tribal members.

We need to find our next Miko my people. We need to find her/him and we need to exercise our right to vote because it’s been taken away from us way too long by the current administration. THE FBI DOES NOT NEED TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS! IT IS OUR MESS AND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE OUR POWER BACK AND CLEAN IT UP WITHIN OUR OWN FAMILY!

Yakoke,
CW

My Chahta Family,

Today the Choctaw Voting Block has logged in 49,197 views since it’s inception.  I remember Susan Stockton said our little blog wouldn’t last a month and all of this would blow over in a year.  I don’t think the Nahullo’s that run the CNO realize what it means to answer to the people.  I know she certainly doesn’t.

What have we seen since the inception?  Well, we have seen Greg Pyle step down and give the reins to Gary Batton (without our consent or a vote), we have seen the indictments of many high ranking nahullo’s within the CNO be indicted by the FBI and the IRS Criminal Division, we have seen a council candidate win the absentee vote yet lose the election, we have seen groups of Chahta exercising their rights to free speech such as Eaglemanz Blog (Ben Carnes), Choctaws Rising (Kalyn Free) and of course Choctaw Voting Block.

We have seen our people sharing their stories on this blog.  They have spoken about lack of adequate descent housing for our elders, we have heard about YEARS on waiting lists for trailer homes, we have heard about the lack of available dentures, help for orphaned Chahta children, assistance for parents desperate to get their kids back, we have heard about illegal working conditions and discrimination toward Chahta tribal members within our own government, we have heard about degreed Chahta working menial jobs, we have heard about corruption that reaches so far I am ashamed to write about it.  What do you think my people when you see the millionaires who run our nation?  They aren’t millionaires because they are self made businessmen they are millionaires because there were millions coming in by the truck load and it had to go somewhere.  So let’s give the people a little and we will take A LOT – so say the ones in power.  Someday I plan to write about comparable salaries in corporations and see how these ticks compare to, I hate to say it, Corporate America.

The services we do have are shallow and like a dusting of care for appearances sake.  However, you Chahta who are working to help other Chahta just by doing what you do every day with little budget don’t think you aren’t appreciated because you are.  A kind word on a phone can sometimes mean the world to someone who has lost a loved one and needs burial assistance.  Those kind words are what and who we are.  It keeps us banded together despite the corruption and greed that have infiltrated the upper levels of our house.

I recently read a post about a young man who was angry that his grandfather made too much money on his small retirement income to receive assistance for much needed renovations for his house.  If there are income guidelines then it’s probably federal monies which means it’s not tribal dollars (I am purely guessing here) so where is the tribal money spent?  It’s a big question and could be asked on so many different levels.  Really, forensic audits are needed and I guess that’s where the IRS Criminal Division comes in.

Our people, our children deserve so much better than this.  The things our children could do if given all the opportunities made possible by money.  Our elders could have clean sturdy homes and still live in the mini mother-land.  I say this because in far eastern Chahta country in the beautiful Kiamichi and Ouachita Mountains our people live in some of the poorest conditions in the U.S. all because they don’t want to leave their families who have been there for generations, since removal.  Ben Carnes said it best when he expressed the joy in his heart when he found out, after years of living away from home, that his extended family still had a bit of allotment land.  He now lives there with his family.  We have a connection to our land and our ancestors.  No matter how much the current administration would like to move on and leave the past in the past we are connected because we are Indian people and our people died by the thousands traveling to these Western Choctaw lands. Sometimes, when I go to those areas to walk I imagine our people and how it must have looked to them.  They were sick and starving but they had finally made it.  I don’t know why but I become very emotional because even to just imagine it fills me with sorrow.  Those brothers and sisters who live away from our Western homelands – someday you should come here and walk through the mountains and feel the connection.  I am not talking about Labor Day I am talking about the quiet of our ancestral lands.  You will be touched as well.

I hope the CVB blog will hit 50,000 views because our people need to know what is happening and they need to exercise their rights to make change.  Not in 40 plus years have we, as Chahta people, been so close to revolution.  So you see Miko Batton you could be the one to make change if you so choose.  Wouldn’t that be a powerful legacy to leave your descendants?  Your own family?  You could balance the system, you could make the entire nation transparent, you could take the money out of the elections, you could turn the tribal paper into a true balance of information for our citizens, you could open up our elections and welcome differing points of view, you could purge our government of the ticks and fleas and you could start with term limits.  It is within your power and that is the only way by which to measure whether you are any different than Roberts or Pyle.  This blog may slow but it won’t go away until the Chahta are once again empowered within our own nation.

For my Chahta Family,

CW

Halito Brothers and Sisters,

We all have friends we wouldn’t trade for any price, at least I hope we do.  But what if the price was millions of our Chahta people’s inheritance?  Inheritance in the sense that it is OUR sovereignty that has made many CNO executives wealthy.  Wealth – while so many of our people struggle to pay medical bills, mortgages, car loans (still no tag).  Jason Merida is one such executive and is currently facing charges in a federal court in Muskogee.  http://newsok.com/indictment-of-former-choctaw-nation-official-says-embezzled-funds-went-for-trips-breast-augmentation/article/3945720

How many of you can afford to use grandmothers money to buy yourself or your wife new breasts?  How many of you can afford to go on a big game hunt in New Mexico even after the investigation had found embezzlement a certainty?  Oh the picture to the far left is our Chief.  The man on the far right allegedly stole millions from our people.

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ANONYMOUS SOURCE:

“Hunting trip with Jason Merida
2010
PUEBLO OF ACOMA
BIG GAME TROPHY HUNT
NEW MEXICO
Had heard he paid for his trip AFTER the investigation began….don’t know why we haven’t read about him in the papers. Can’t rob a bank & give the money back..& say “I didn’t know it was wrong.”
 
So here we are again Chahta people, here we are again.  My hopes for this Chief have never been very high but they are waning even as I type. For those of us who breathed a sigh of relief because he took in Chahta children, better hold your breath again.  For those of us who drank the kool-aid because he plays stickball and signed a petition concerning the oil pipeline – you better look again. 
 
I know I have said this time and time again but until we have a Chief who will change the election process and who will support a balanced constitution we might as well bring in a mafia boss because that’s what we have. 
 
I can’t speak for you but I care enough for you to say, I’m ready to put my signature on a petition.  Are you?
 
With sadness and disgust,
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 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 Sisters & Brothers,

Our people work part-time at the CNO casinos.  I know you know this but some were once full-time and some have been part-time for years and they are told “you will be next” as a response to pleas for full-time positions.  So they wait and then they wait some more as Vegas and Bossier City workers are trucked in and given all kinds of positions.  Chahta employees with associates, bachelors and masters degrees are cleaning toilets and sorting trash.  As if you’ve never heard of the word VOTE.  We can no longer allow such treatment, to do so puts us in poverty and damages our soul.  Some critics would say, go work somewhere else if you don’t like it.  That’s true you know but once again this is our house and those critics for the most part are nahollo.  They move into our house and then they make sure we know who is in charge and this is sanctified and encouraged by the very ones in charge of keeping our house standing.

What can we do?  I hear this all the time or my favorite words are “it’s better than it was”.  Why don’t we, as Chahta citizens expect more?  So our women, for the most part, are not being raped in the offices of headquarters does that not mean we can’t expect exceptional ethical leadership?  Because gaming has brought prosperity for the few in charge does that not mean we can’t demand our constitutional rights to indian preference?  Because our people have low paying jobs does that not mean we can’t expect to be promoted or work in an environment free of Chahta racism?  We are worth more than that my family!  Embrace what you are worth and register to vote in the upcoming elections to not do so sets our children up for the same rejection we face and continue to face from our tribe.

Do I want to change the world?  That is not where my attention is focused but by changing OUR world it does make a difference in the world beyond the CNO borders.  Tyrrany and oppression are not a CNO exclusivity but it is the treatment of my people that is near and dear to my heart.

We protestors of injustice are the warriors of today.  We face criticism and name calling.  We face stares and jeers but we take it with dignity.  This fight for justice is for our people and I can’t tell you the feeling of accomplishment and community it brings to the soul.

I wish this fight didn’t have to be fought but it does.  We can no longer let the power that be run our Chahta Nation because they no longer have our empowerment at heart, if they ever did.  There is another Idle No More rally planned for the CNO, stay tuned for dates and times.

Yakoke,

CW

Good morning Sisters and Brothers,

A colleague of mine was enjoying supper at a casino that wasn’t part of the CNO casinos.  He is, however, a full blood Chahta.  He heard loud yelling and was surprised to see what looked to be a nahullo supervisor yelling at two native workers.  What, you may ask, were these natives doing?  Smoking, standing around talking or perhaps being rude to customers?  No, one was busing tables and the other was gathering what looked to be trash.  The supervisor was yelling at them for not working fast enough.  He was degrading them in front of the restaurant patrons.  Did they respond with anger?  No they acknowledged his rant with barely above a whisper reply.  They put their heads down and continued to work.  My colleague felt the urge to back the ole boy up against the wall but instead paid for his mostly uneaten meal and left.  He said it reminded him of our own people and not in a good way.

So we continue to chant CERO, CERO, CERO.  Would a Choctaw Employee Rights Organization put an end to all abuse?  No not without reporting the abuse, giving statements concerning treatment and separation from the Human Resources office.  Why the separation?  Well you have an Executive Director with an ego too large to concede that she doesn’t know the first thing about TRIBAL human resources and nor does she care to.  You see in the corporate world outside of Indian Country it is all about diversity and inclusion which sounds only right.  However, in Indian Country it’s about tribal preference and opportunity for tribal members most of whom live in the poorest parts of the United States.

Attorney Richard McGee author of the book “A Guide to Tribal Employment” is one of the most distinguished experts in the field of tribal human resources.  Having attended one of his two day seminars this is what I came away with, a tribe should strive to meet or EXCEED federal government EEOC regulations.  I’ll give you an example.  Federal law says you cannot discriminate on the bases of a handicap or you could get into a potential lawsuit that could cost a business or government entity lots of money.  Now a federally recognized tribe can choose to have a handicap policy or not but if they choose to then they should uphold those standards even better than the federal government upholds their handicap law.  So, lets say that the CNO hangs a poster about equal opportunity for handicapped persons but does not have their own policy in place.  Well now they are bound by the federal law governing handicap workers because they have given the impression, by use of the poster, that they follow federal handicap worker legislation.  Before I left the CNO this particular ED turned away from the tribal human resources certifying organization and chose to, at great expense, use other sources of certification common in the corporate world.

I know you caught that – she turned away from tribal laws and regulations to embrace corporate laws and regulations that largely don’t apply to tribes.  In effect not only risking our sovereign status but the sovereign status of all tribes because any tribe that doesn’t protect the sovereign rights granted to them by the US government risks setting PRECEDENCE.  A precedence that could be used in federal courts against all amercian indian tribes.  Don’t you think our highest leaders know this as well?  They do but the concern has turned away from empowerment of our Chahta people to running a corporation, just ask Gary Batton and he will tell you.

So why would we trust the CNO HR Executive Director with our most precious indian preference when she has already chosen corporate america?  Would this be the person who would end the tyranny and humiliation of the Chahta people, the Chahta worker?  She and Batton have already told our council members that the hiring and firing of Chahta employees is not a part of their job description.  Who gives this nahullo so much power?  Gary Batton.  She follows his directives.

Our people continue to be treated with contempt and it’s just so difficult to understand why our leaders don’t do something about it.

 

Yakoke,

CW