PROJECTS – Too Many Un-Completed – Where is Money for All of Them?

New Topic Please  (As requested).

In October of 2013, Principal Chief Tiger along with all those working for him told us that Margarittaville would be completed in early 2015 with the pictures in the Tulsa World.

It’s early 2015 and haven’t seen much in the building phase of the hotel or family destination as promised.

It seems as though before we start other multi million dollar projects that we should finish the one we promised.

Though I am not an economic development expert like the National Council and Chief, there could be unforeseen expenses arise at Margarittavilla and Hotel that the new Driving Range and Bar for $22,000,000 could offset.

I compare MCN mowing the yard. I mow one area completely before moving on to the next. What if it were to rain or an emergency arose, I would have an ugly looking yard. Simple minded ME thinks the tribe should finish the $400,000,000 Margarittaville project before beginning another especially since we are so far behind our estimated time of completion.

The National Council are of one mind with Chief Tiger and guess that’s a good thing, but I say come on, elected people, stop trying to make each other look good to the public.
It ain’t workin.

Questions for David Nichols

New Topic, please:
Let’s ask David Nichols what he believes.
Traditionally, candidates for elective office in the Creek Nation government do not state specifically what their personal beliefs and opinions are. They would prefer to talk in general and broad terms about the weaknesses in our government, but not provide a detailed definition about what these shortcomings are, or how they intend to correct them. To be credible, candidates need to share their opinions and their beliefs about what they think is right or wrong behavior. Without having that kind of knowledge about candidates, citizens won’t know how the ones they vote for will perform in office.

 
Here are my questions:

  • Do you agree that as a candidate you are responsible to supporters for the way you conduct your campaign; that your campaign is not yours alone and requires active engagement from supports, including their monetary support?
  • Do you agree that this means you will lead supporters in doing specific tasks and coordinating their activities on a regular basis?
  • Do you agree that you will listen to suggestions from your supporters before making decision concerning your campaign?
  • What do you believe about having a campaign manager?
  • If so, what skills would you want a campaign manager to have?
  • Would you consider a non-Creek campaign manager?
  • Would you consider campaigning to the 57,000 eligible voters who don’t vote in our elections?
  • Do you believe that holding a question and answer session soon with selected citizens to talk about your campaign would be helpful to you?
  • What do you believe is the central mission of government?
  • If you say it is to take care of citizens, how do you “take care” of citizens?
  • If you say government should be more accountable, how is our government deficient in this area, what has cause it, and what specific steps will you take to make our government more responsive to citizens?
  • You have demonstrated to have some difficulty in exchanging ideas, specifically an inability to listen and to be defensive. Would you consider commenting on this perception, whether you think that it’s true or not?

Absentee Voters

Please post this for absentee voters who have changed their address

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s website does not provide the following information:

Contact the Election Board with your latest/correct address. You will not receive an absentee ballot just because you updated your information. You MUST request that an  ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST form be mailed to you. After you complete the form, return by mail to the Election Board. It is not too late for this runoff election. Mail your request to the address listed below or fax your request:

The Muscogee (Creek) of Oklahoma Election Board
P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
Fax (918) 756-2637
email: election@mcn-nsn.gov

Casinos and Communities

New Topic Please

The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) is an independent regulatory agent for Indian gaming. The commission regulates gaming activities in accordance with goals such as promoting tribal economic development, self-sufficiency and strong tribal governments. Another goal is to maintain the integrity of the gaming industry and ensure that tribes are the primary beneficiaries of their gaming activities.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation also has an independent Office of Public Gaming, which regulates all gaming activity within the tribe to promote and ensure integrity, accountability, security, honesty, and fairness of the operation and administration.

At one time the communities and the casinos split the profits 50/50. However, some communities like Tulsa Indian Community, Okmulgee Indian Community and others never received profits from the casinos located within their area. Why some and not others? Some of the other communities spent their share of the profits on their members whereas the casinos had to submit their 50% profit to the tribe.

Shirlene Ade commented that A.D. Ellis took the gaming profits away from the community members. A casino does not belong to a community it belongs to the Tribe. Ms. Ade does not understand or maybe she just wants to blame Mr. Ellis for everything, after all she is a FOG (friend of George). Many laws, rules, and regulations govern casinos and ordinary citizens do not know how the industry works. You can go to your computer and lookup NIGC to find all their information.

In the process of overseeing casinos, NIGC sent a letter stating those communities that spent money on individual tribal members were breaking the law. In essence they were making per capita payments to their members, which is not allowed unless the Tribe has an allocation plan. And of course, the tribe does not have one. Per Capita payment means the distribution of money to ALL tribal members, which is paid directly from the net revenues of tribal gaming activity. NIGC planned to shutdown ALL our casinos unless the community activities ceased. So Mr. Ellis took the necessary actions to keep the community members from causing ALL casinos to be shutdown. This action was necessary if the tribe wanted to continue operating casinos. Remember, NIGC does not shutdown 1 casino. NIGC can and will shutdown all Creek casinos.

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