Recycling Council Members

It’s time that the Tribe moves into a more productive and positive light. This will work if we, the Tribal members, move out of the poverty mentality that holds many down. We, as Native people are equipped with the spirit of survival, as we have proven time and time again throughout history. Let’s take that a step further by believing in ourselves that we can accomplish much if we have our minds and hearts aligned for the good of all. We Natives need to realize that the only thing holding us back from achieving success in this life is ourselves. By changing our thoughts about our capacity to do better we all move forward. We cannot allow what our ancestors fought for die by living a life of divide and conquer and self-serving. We are better than that. We must be examples for that Seventh Generation that is ready to take the lead NOW.

I believe that by allowing politicians to be recycled from one election to the next one, we are hindering new faces and young people with the intellectual vigor and vision from playing important roles in the Nation’s government and development. It is time to hand over the torch to the Seventh Generation. One of the many ways council members can help the tribe is to mentor other citizens instead of running for council each election. If we don’t do something, these young people will be ill prepared for the task of leading our tribe after the recycled politicians are no more. Many may also not come back to the Nation because no one cared enough to mentor them to be our leaders of tomorrow. Many are losing their tribal identity.

I believe today we find ourselves stuck with leaders who have been recycled time and time again because they have become greedy, their desire for power and money have overcome their sense of loyalty to the Nation and all its people. We cannot continue recycling political figures at the exclusion of new younger faces. It may be hard for some to let go and let the Seventh Generation lead, but it is imperative to our survival as a strong, competent and independent Nation.

I find much to admire about some council members. Some are smart and work well with the other branches of our government and want to help Tribal members. But some should not run again. They have been in office too long. It’s time to give someone else a chance in this major position of influence and power. The names listed in RED are the current Incumbents or have been on the council in previously.

Creek District Tony Bell
Patrick Freeman Jr.
George Tiger
Muskogee District Joyce C. Deere (Incumbent)
Jessina Brown
Eddie LaGrone
McIntosh District Adam Jones III (Incumbent)
Tom O. Pickering
Okfuskee District Frank Coachman
Sandra Golden
Mitch Jack (Incumbent)
Travis Scott
Percy Dug Sharp
Okmulgee District James Jennings (Incumbent)
Carmin Tecumseh Williams
Grover D. Wind
Herod Anderson
Brenda Golden
Larissa Jack Melton
Cynthia Mae Tiger
Tulsa District

Cherrah Giles
Samuel S. Alexander
Lucian A. Tiger III (Incumbent)
Tukvpvtce District


David Jimboy
Mary J. Givens
Jeremiah Hobia
Edwin Marshall
Thomasene Yahola Osborn
Wagoner, Rogers and Mayes District Mark J. Randolph (Incumbent)
Timothy Jackson Jr.



2 thoughts on “Recycling Council Members”

  1. Where have all the children gone?

    I think I saw one the other day, just as the candidates were lining sign up as candidates to guide our Nation into a glorious future. Since than I haven’t seen any children. There were many before the sign up day, and then, zap, just like that, they disappeared into thin air. What are we going to do with all the peanut butter and jelly we had stocked up?

    So, what happens now that we have no children? Does it mean we have no future? Does it mean we won’t have any leaders? Does it mean that we can’t settle into in our comfortable chairs and pronounce, “The children are our future leaders?” There is no way around it; no children, no leaders, no leaders, no future, no future, no Nation.

    Children are seeds. Without seeds nothing grows. Without seeds, the farmer is finished. Without them, he has no crops, no feed for his livestock, no food for the dinner table, and not anything to take to the market. And without seeds the species disappears.

    If we have no children, where did they go? Well, they hung around doing nothing and grew up and became us. No matter how many children there were we didn’t see them, and since we don’t see them, we don’t do anything for them.

    Who said we have no children? According to the candidate profiles the candidates did by never mentioning them. The candidates by their actions said there were other priorities that were more important.

    If we dropped everything today and worked night and day for the next twenty years with our children, we would have children who could take care of themselves and become valuable assets to our Nation and beyond. That is, if we started today, which we won’t. This means we are looking dead-eye at the end of our Nation.

    It’s not only the Creek Nation that ignore their progeny, the same can be said of tribal nations across the country that have neglected the growth of their children and are reaping the aftermath. This makes for bad elections and futures. For years we have been electing people who have been unable to see beyond their own noses. Stop it, stop it, and stop it, with your mind-numbing make-work projects. Focus on our children, take care of them, and prepare them for the future, so they won’t become like us.

    Maybe peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for voters at every forum would help. Pbjs might be just the thing to change the trajectory to an inglorious future.

    1. Okmulgee Indian Community
      Highway 75 at Loop 56
      Okmulgee, Okla. 74447
      Dear officers and members,

      I was disappointed to hear the content and outcome of your recent meeting with United
      States Attorney Linda Epperly. Since the U. S. Attorney will not be pursuing criminal
      prosecution I now feel I am able to give you certain information that may further illuminate this
      situation :

      1. I first received the Okmulgee Indian Community documentation in September
      1995 after the Muscogee Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation had
      possession for several months.

      Upon Initial review I met with Assistant United States Attorney Linda Epperly
      (Nov. 1995)and presented a case overview and supporting documents. .
      At that time Linda Epperly assured me it was a prosecutable case and gave me
      specific instructions to proceed. It was at this initial meeting with Linda Epperly
      that I first expressed my concerns of the sensitive nature of the investigation.
      George Tiger was now an elected National Council member of the Muscogee
      Creek Nation National Council with close personal ties to Chief Beaver. and I
      was personally Jeopardizing my Job to pursue this investigation unless she was
      sure this case was going to be prosecuted.

      After interviewing witnesses, securing certain financial documents and other
      documentation as instructed by Linda Epperly, I presented her a prosecution
      report dated 10-17-96. At that time she assured me the case looked good and she
      would proceed.

      (Feb. 1997) I was contacted by Special Agent Craig Cormier of the Muscogee
      Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and advised he had interviewed.
      Matt Tiger( George Tiger’s brother), secured a confession and co-operation to testify against George Tiger.
      (March 1997) I was contacted by Special Agent Craig Cormier of the Muscogee
      official of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and advised he had interviewed
      George Tiger and George had confessed to theft and agreed to enter a plea of guilty
      to the grand jury in order to avoid a lengthy trial.
      (April 1997)Linda Epperly informed me George Tiger had contacted he~ office
      and was given the opportunity to have a court appointed attomey which he

      that the case would be going to the Grand Jury at the next available docket.
      (July 1997)Linda Epperly advised me George Tiger was avoiding contact with her
      office, and when finally contacted. he advised would need a court appointed

      (Feb. 1998)Linda Epperly advised me ,George Tiger avoided contact with her office
      until he was threatened with immediate filing with the court and starting Grand
      Jury proceedings. George’s attorney contacted Linda Epperly’s office that day
      and a plea bargain agreement was worked out to avoid a trial.
      (March 98) I was contacted by FBI agent Craig Cormier and advised the statute
      of limitations had run out on the Okmulgee Indian Community case.
      From the beginning my pursuit of this investigation was based on the good faith
      assurances from Assistant United States Attorney Linda Epperly that:
      a. A crime had been committed.
      b. Sufficient documentation exists to prove the crime.
      c. Sufficient documentation exists to validate the Okmulgee Indian Community as
      an Indian organization.
      d. The amount of money taken from the Okmulgee Indian Community met
      minimum standards to qualify for Federal prosecution.

      At great personal risk to my own job security I took responsibility to pursue this
      investigation when the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not because I believed a great
      wrong has been perpetrated against the Okmulgee Indian Community by George Tiger, Matt
      Tiger and Vicky Watashe. While the risk to my own job security no longer exists within the
      Muscogee Creek Nation, unfortunately the risk to my reputation as a credible and competent
      investigator still does. I still believe a great wrong had been committed upon the Okmulgee
      Indian Community and unfortunately it has been doubled by the lack of commitment to the
      members of the Okmulgee Indian Community by the United States Attorney Office.
      If I may be of any assistance to you in this matter please do not hesitate to call.

      Thank: you
      Carla Cantrell, Police Officer
      Choctaw Nation Tribal Police
      1-800-522-6170 ext. 366
      cc: Leah Harjo-Ware

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