"A Pattern Of Scandals Emerge
Around Byrd's Circle Of Cohorts"
by A ge ya
Thursday, September 25, 1997
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DORA MAE WATIE - CHEROKEE NATION "BYRD" COUNCILOR
Muskogee Phoenix Newspaper reported that, "Investigative audit finds potential FRAUD, extremely abusive situations." State auditors are questioning Cherokee Nation Councilor Dora Mae Watie a Dahlonegah school board member over questionable practices in the use of school funds. Missing records for the school years 1995-96 and 1996-97 mysteriously showed up the day after they were discovered missing according to State Auditor and Inspector Clifton Scott. Scott said, "I'm sure they've been cooked - but we've dealt with cooks before. We might have rode to town on the turnip truck - but we were driving the truck."
According to the Phoenix Watie took numerous out-of-state trips at school expense. "Disneyland and it's just unbelievable", said Scott.
A school board agenda for a special meeting Sept. 2 shows that school superintendent Anderson recommended that the schools bookkeeper Mr. King be fired from all financial record keeping duties... Watie rejected the recommendation on the agenda and instead her and fellow board member Brenda Ross bought out the balance of Anderson's first contract with the school for $41,800. That was done in a "closed door" executive session although it wasn't on the agenda... breaking open meeting laws further illegally extending the budget beyond it's approved appropriations for the entire year - just 3 weeks into the school year.
Auditors have received allegations some federal funds never got to the school, including bilingual grants and Johnson O'Malley funds, Scott said. His office is trying to contact the federal inspector generals over the various programs, Scott said. "We're in the process of trying to run the money down that was sent to them and compare that with what was received," Scott continued, "I'm really suspicious it's not going to come out (even).
JENNIE BATTLES - BYRD'S SECRETARY/TREASURER
The Tulsa World: Tribal Treasurer Under FBI Probe In Alleged Funds Misuse.
The FBI reports that Jennie Battles converted tribal funds to her person use. Battles admitted that she is being questioned by the FBI. A source said a September indictment is possible. Reports say that Battles converted housing authority funds to make house payments, some of them overdue, to a mortgage company in Texas, sources said. It was not clear if evidence of allegations against Battles was first obtained by the Cherokee Nation Marshals who opened an criminal investigation file on the housing authority director for alleged illegal actions, or if the evidence was later obtained after Ragsdale turned the investigation over to the FBI... or if it was both.
At a hearing before the tribe court early on in the Byrd crisis the JAT justices ordered the Cherokee Nation Treasurer, Battles, and Byrds chief of staff, jailed for refusing to obey courts orders on allegations of failing to provided financial records, including pay for the for the CN marshals that the court tried to reinstate (after Byrd illegally fired them) in order to keep the criminal investigation of Byrd's administration for misappropriation of tribal and federal fund from being interfered with. Battles and Byrd chief of staff were jailed briefly in Muskogee before being released because of a technologically on the incarceration papers. A warrant was issued by the tribal court for their arrests, and remains outstanding.
The FBI is probing Battles over a report concerning a purported $721 check made payable to Battles in June 1994 when she was employed at the Housing Authority by Joel Thompson the HA director, who is also under an FBI investigation for several different alleged crimes. Sources said questions also are being asked about a Sept. 1992 wire transfer purportedly from a Housing Authority insurance-tax account in the amount of $2,402 to the Texas mortgage company. Battles the tribes Sec./Treasurer has failed to justify report in the required timely manner to Council, the 1996 and 1997 budgets.
BYRD CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER JOEL THOMPSON - DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR THE CHEROKEE NATION, UNDER FBI PROBE FOR SEVERAL CRIMINAL ALLEGATIONS.
The Tulsa World said that the FBI is also question Joel Thompson, executive director of the Cherokee Housing Authority about the authority's expenditures. Reliable sources say that other allegations against Thompson include: Criminal libel, Possible violations of tribal state and federal telecommunications laws related to illegal surveillance, a question of his safety, (he said "hit-men" were after him) reports that Thompson was carrying a hand gun into the work place, misappropriation of funds and a hidden bank account. Several reliable sources have said that a grand jury indictment of Thompson was expected before November this year.
BYRD CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER, PHIL GIVENS - A 6 TIME CONVICTED FELON ON TRIBAL PAYROLL.
Givens made several thousands dollars from the tribe this year for a contract arranged purportedly by the Byrd administration for work done in what some have said was the tribal "agricultural division." He was dispatched to Washington for alleged work for the tribe. Givens has been strongly supported and employed by Byrd Councilor Bill John Baker whose family makes thousands and thousands of dollars off the Cherokee Housing Authorities HUD home rentals funds and further profits come to the family's Baker Furniture Store from sales to the tribal programs. The Bakers also make money from a tribal program that rents office space from one of their office buildings in downtown Tahlequah.
DEPUTY CHIEF GARLAND EAGLE - PLED NO CONTEST TO ASSAULT AND BATTERY CHARGES AGAINST CHEROKEE NATION PHYSICIAN AND PHYSICAL THREAT TO A FEMALE TRIBAL EMPLOYEE.
News reports say that Eagle pled no contest in tribal court regarding the assault and batter charges, however other sources say that the plaintiff filed another law suit in state court regarding the assault and battery charge. Eagle has an outstanding warrant for his arrest that was issued by the tribal court for his failure to appear in court on another matter.
ALLEGATIONS, INVESTIGATIONS, RUMORS ABOUND IN THE CHEROKEE NATION OVER POSSIBLE MISUSE OF AUTHORITY BY TRIBAL OFFICIALS.
Byrd evidently in a "written" order demanded that the former Dir. of the Cherokee Nation Enterprises (CNE) skip the bid process required and the eliminate the TERO list vendors and use a non-Indian construction company that he had already picked out to build convenience stores in the tribal bingo locations. This goes against tribal and federal mandates... it breaks our laws.
Several Byrd councilors, the Chief and Deputy chief are suspected of having their homes remodeled with housing authority funds, ahead of hundreds of Cherokees who wait in a long list for several years to have the same opportunity.
These are just a few of the Byrds who flock together in Byrd's Banana Republic. We will continue this profile list over the next several weeks to let our Cherokee people know the type of people that support Byrd. The whole crisis begins and ends with a simple fact... Byrd refuses to face up to allegations of misappropriation of tribal and federal funds in the tribal court of law, and with the help of cohorts (inside and outside) the tribe who have personal and political "vested" interests in doing so... have dismantled the Cherokee Nation's constitutional government in an attempt to flee justice, stop ongoing criminal investigations, and avoid any court in the land, let alone the tribal court.
Honest people do not hide behind closed doors, withhold public records and hire more than 42 attorneys costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in tribal funds; try to fire the lead law enforcement officers in charge of the criminal investigation; public state that they intend to only follow the court orders that they think are legal, and will not follow the orders they "don't" think are legal (famous Byrd quote last Feb/Mar); try to fire the tribal prosecutor; try to fire a sitting judge; attempt to illegally impeach the entire tribal supreme court judges; illegal call for the BIA to take over the tribes law enforcement neutralizing the tribal law enforcement officers ongoing criminal investigation; illegally takeover and board up the Cherokee Nation's judicial branch court house, stealing all the judges files, the prosecutors files and court staff files; illegally set up an executive branch court with a "friendly" to the cause Byrd supporter; ...Byrd and cohorts continued insidious illegal actions leads the majority of common sense thinking people to believe that they do indeed have something to hide!
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