CORRUPTION IN INDIAN COUNTRY CASINO CONTRACTING

Please understand this is not relevant just to the Choctaw Nation. It has been reported and brought to the Federal Courts about other Nations. Just an eye-opener for tribal citizens. This can happen when there is no transparency in tribal governments.

November 07, 2014
NATIVE AMERICAN TIMES Article
Testimony: Lavish gifts given to land casino contracts
Published on Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:02
Written by LENZY KREHBIEL-BURTON, Native Times

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Federal prosecutors continued to present their case Thursday against a former Choctaw Nation official accused of accepting outlandish gifts from vendors in exchange for casino construction contracts.
Jason Merida, the Choctaw Nation’s now former Executive Director of Construction Administration, was arraigned earlier this year on one count each of theft, tax fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The charges stem from activities between 2008 and 2010 while construction efforts were underway at the tribe’s casinos in Durant and Pocola.
Lauri Parsons, a former executive with Builders Steel Corporation, testified Thursday morning that the Tulsa-based company lavished gifts on Merida in an effort to secure favorable contracts with the tribe.
Among the purchases made by the company for Merida and his wife were $30,000 in Louis Vuitton accessories, a brand new 2009 Cadillac Escalade, airfare for three hunting trips in two states, a golf weekend at Pebble Beach, Calif., a $7,300 shopping spree at a Dallas Cabela’s for hunting gear, an all-terrain vehicle, transportation to a Dallas Cowboys playoff game and a birthday junket at an exclusive condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
On top of the gifts, Parsons testified that the company made regular donations to events hosted by campaigns for former Choctaw Nation Chief Greg Pyle and its current chief, Greg Batton, including high dollar silent auction items that its officials would in turn buy back at several times more than the suggested retail value, including bidding $50,000 to have a private dinner with Batton and Pyle in an upscale Tulsa steakhouse.
“Those were just things that were expected when you did business with the Choctaw Nation,” Parsons said.
Parsons, along with her husband Brent and four others from Flintco and Scott Rice, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit theft or bribery. In exchange for their testimony and cooperation, the six could see their sentences reduced. The maximum penalty for each count is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Two conspirators also pleaded guilty to money laundering, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Batton and Pyle are among the witnesses subpoenaed to testify during the trial. Neither has taken the stand yet but are expected to be called as the proceedings enter their second week. During Thursday’s session, Parsons testified that Batton participated in at least one hunting trip and a Cabela’s shopping spree that were funded by her company.

FINAL 2ND CHIEF CANDIDATE LIST

HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN INFORM EVERYONE WHY THEY SHOULD GET YOUR PRECIOUS VOTE.

A. D. ELLIS – Former Principal Chief, 2nd Chief & Council member.

Robert Deere, Jr. – Only know that he worked as receptionist for the Council.

Harod Anderson – Only that he is son of a Dr. Anderson.

Famous Marshall – From Okemah Community as CEO (as we’ve been told).

Cherrah Ridge-Quiett-Giles – Former Council member, now heads Dept. of Community/Human Svcs.

Selena J. Dornan – Former Council member, was Co-Commissioner of Gaming.

Kara Medina – Former Council member.

Floyd Jones, Jr. – Present Director of CR & D (Cherrah Giles is his boss), was Housing Dir.

Louis Hicks – We are not familiar with this man, but remember hearing him at a forum a couple of years ago. He was with Community Development at one time, we think.

Chief’s Proclamation – for Election of 2nd Chief

(Edited)

Filing Period for the vacant seat shall be set for:

Monday, November 3, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Information we have:
Filing hours are: 9:00am-12:00 Noon and
1:00pm- 4:00pm

Special Primary Election shall be held on December 13, 2014.
Special General Election shall be held on January 10, 2015, if necessary.
All other necessary dates for voter registration, requests for absentee ballots, and protests shall be set by the Election Board.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT: In accordance with MCN Code Annotated Title 19, ss9-101 ct scq., the Special Election shall be conducted under the provision of Title 19 that are applicable to Primary and General Elections.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF,
I have hereto set my hand and seal on this 20th day of October, 2014.

/s/ George Tiger, Principal Chief; MCN

NEWS – – ROGER BARNETT

Posted by KRMG: 4:55 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Muscogee (Creek) Nation second chief pleads guilty to embezzling from tribe.  Could face prison time and a large fine

By Skyler Cooper

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Second Chief Roger Dana Barnett pleaded guilty to embezzling about $150,000 from the Tribe.
Barnett was indicted on August 6, 2014.

Barnett admitted that, from April 2013 through April 2014, he embezzled more than $1,000 of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation funds from the Tribe’s Direct Assistance Fund, a tribal executive branch fund meant to aid tribal citizens in need.

The Government told the court it estimated the loss and restitution amounts to be approximately $211,000. The Government also told the court the direct assistance funds were embezzled by Barnett when he went to area casinos and withdrew the funds from ATMs. Barnett admitted he then used the money to gamble.
At the time of sentencing, Barnett faces the statutory maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Our Creek Culture – Exactly what is it? – the Past or Present?

(VOC: New topic, as requested.)

What is the culture of Mvskoke Nation? Everyone talks about preserving the CULTURE of the tribe. The Tribe spends hundreds of thousands of dollars preserving the CULTURE.

All my years I’ve always heard that the Ceremonial Grounds are the Mvskoke culture.

Since all Mekko’s of our gorunds have eaten of the forbidden fruit (money & position & fame), is the CULTURE gone?
Money talks to every man or woman, even leaders of our grounds.

I for one, will not fall prey to the money George and his NC shovel in the mouths of those who fall short of their beliefs.

I will live in my simple home, make my payments on my simple car and wear the clothes that I can afford to buy. I will never be one of George Tiger’s Hall of Famers, Supreme Court Justices or traveling companions. I’ll continue to work at my non-tribal job, helping those that I can and sleep well at night.

When a Mekko of a ground turns his head in passing, instead of speaking to one his own people it must be because of a guilty conscience rf shame.

Is the Mvskoke Nation’s CULTURE gone?