VOC: New Topic Please
Creek History repeats itself
From the July 2000 edition of the Muscogee Nation Newspaper
HOUSING AND TRIBAL EMPLOYEES ARRESTED ON COUNTS OF EMBEZZLEMENT
OKMULGEE — A Creek Nation Housing Authority manager and Muscogee Nation Natural Resources manager were arrested in two separate cases of embezzlement, theft and false accounts. On July 7, Acting Tribal Attorney General Jessie Huff Durham issued a criminal complaint to Muscogee Nation District Court against housing authority manager Gary Davis for the following counts: count one: embezzlement, theft and false accounts – embezzlement of “monies, funds, credits, goods, assets, equipment, tools, or other property belonging to the Nation…” The count also states that Davis instructed three of his employees —Ben Yahola, Brad Fox and Travis Whitlow to repair his home with parts purchased with housing authority petty cash;
The former housing director and possibly a relative of the new housing director? How is Ben Yahola related to Thomas Yahola?
From the January 1991 edition of the Muscogee Nation Newspaper
Dode Warrington [now Barnett, Creek District Representative Seat B], 1990-1991 Creek Nation princess submitted her resignation in late November. In her resignation letter, Warrington wrote that she believes she fulfilled her obligations as Creek Nation Princess but received no assistance from the Princess Committee.
Warrington contends the committee refused to honor her mileage voucher reimbursements for trips she made as Creek Nation Princess. From June 15 through Sept. 22, Warrington submitted four travel vouchers totaling 3,3390 miles and seeking $813.60.
Committee officials said they did not approve all of her claims since some of the trips were unauthorized. At the beginning of her reign in June, 1990 she was presented guidelines and a list of approved trips. Warrington claimed mileage from her Springfield, MO., residence to National Council meetings in Okmulgee. The committee disallowed this claim since her presence at Council meetings was not approved travel.
Warrington said she believes the committee has been uncooperative, in her resignation letter, Warrington wrote she had been taken advantage of and that the committee should be disbanded and reformed.
Warrington’s mother, Phyllis, of Sapulpa, was a member of the Princess Committee when the guidelines were established. Mrs. Warrington resigned from the committee when her daughter decided to enter the pageant.
Warrington has since married Steve Barnett of Springfield. She is a sophomore at Drury College majoring in elementary education and foreign languages.
Update: Dode Barnett didn’t finish her degree and is now claiming mileage for trips around Creek Nation. She gets a $47,000 salary and still trying to nickel and dime Creek Nation. Don’t be surprised when she shows up at meetings that she wasn’t invited to and sits on her phone throughout the entire meeting.