According to the Election Board, the polling designated polling stations will be open May 25th and May 26th. However, due to the late date of the absentee ballots mail-out, the results of the election will not be released until June 1st. The absentee ballots must be returned by June 1st.
Today, May 19, 2012, the ousted CBC members held a meeting in the ball park on Comanche grounds. They were told not to hold the meeting on Comanche grounds, and the Comanche police Chief Vernon Griffin was ordered to prevent the meeting. He did not. Chairman Johnny Wauqua then fired Griffin and replaced him with Ron Niedo.
The CBC meeting saw more than 150 people show, therefore they considered it a quorum, and an official meeting. They even appointed officers. with full pretense of continuing as the official government of the Comanche Nation.
However, the meeting is legally meaningless. It rests on the attorney’s interpretation of the recall meetings of April 19 an16, when all six of the CBC members were clearly voted out by the people. Moreover, if the non-Comanche attorneys declare the April 19 meeting illegitimate, then the entire General Council meeting of April 21 is illegitimate. This would then mean that all the nominated candidates are illegitimate, and the whole GC meeting was invalid.
This is an unreasonable pursuit of the ousted CBC members. They are simply no longer the CBC. Their actions suggest that they are either trying to hold on to six figure salaries, or to maintain business connections or advantages that come with the position (which would involved money also). Since neither of these could possibly explain their blind refusal to concede to the people, one has to wonder why they are so determined to maintain their ousted positions.
Robert Tippiconnie lead out at the “ball park meeting” of this former CBC group. They appointed Robert Komahcheet as the Tribal Administrator.
It was reported that both men were at the bank earlier in the week attempting to withdraw tribal money in order to run the tribe. It is reported that this action was halted by the bank, and that it is being investigated by the FBI presently.
Again, it is not at all clear why this group insists on maintaining their positions, after they were all voted out–by ample margins. They are the cause of great concern, of course. The people can only observe. Of course, if Chairman Wauqua and temporary TA Willie Owens control the tribal money, then the people needed be concerned about the ball park CBC.
Finally, ComancheMedia in the past, and recently, has asked permission to do interviews of tribal candidates during election seasons. We have asked to do these interviews at convenient locations on the Comanche grounds. We have always been denied, on the basis that such interviews were “political” and inappropriate because the candidates were not official office holders, and that such interviews would cause unnecessary strife among employees that work on the Comanche grounds.
Comanche media has always complied. The ousted CBC members have not complied. Had we known about the ball park meeting, however, we would have tried to broadcast it. We are a news agency, not a political agency.
Comanche Media has decided to release the letter our tribal attorneys sent to the CBC and the Election Board. (See, Lawyers Letter.) A number of people are now aware of this “confidential” letter, so that it is no longer confidential.
We do not believe the attorneys are intentionally working against the tribe. We do not believe that the CBC, recently voted out in toto, are working against the tribe’s best interest. We believe these are good men, all.
The issue is one of priority and propriety. The attorneys are not hired to handle inner-tribal affairs. It is not their role to counsel or advise tribal leaders on how to relate to the great Comanche people. This offends the people, and the CBC was voted out. The attorneys will probably be voted out. Neither actions are necessary, had the people not been offended.
Ed Eschiti, Robert Tippeconnie, Ron RedElk, Robert Kohmahcheet, Darrell Kosechequetah and Yonevea Terry are in severe denial of their recalls as evident in the Lawton Sunday Constitution. They want to act as if they still have autority. What they do have is NO SHAME by causing trouble and creating choas, holding bogus tribal meetings and conducting unofficial business outside on our sacred ceremonial grounds. They claim to be recalled through unjust procedures. The Comanche Tribal Constitution is very clear that upon receipt of a valid recall petition the Chairman shall call a specail tribal council meeting for the sole purpose of a recall within 30 days. All six recall petitions were all undenialbly certified as valid. It is then the responsibility of the chairman to set the time and dates of the recall meetings. The constitution does not deny the chairman the parogative to hold three meetings on the same day. Our constitution is misinterpreted by William Norman of Hobb, Srauss, Dean & Walker to suit himself not the Comanche Nation.
William Norman is quoted as saying, “The process of holding several single meetings in one day does not appear to violate the letter of the consitution. So.., what the heck is the problem? DUH!
William Norman is also quoted as saying, “holding multiple meetings in one day violates the spirit of the Constitution.” What does William Norman know about the spirit of the Comanche Tribal Constitution. He is not even Comanche.
The lawyers and the ousted CBC cannot get it through their knucle heads that Chairman Wauqua is in charge and no programs will be shut down and our casinos are in full operation. He is responsible to act in the best of the Nation until such time all CBC vacancies are filled.
Komahcheet will not see a run off because a run off is not mandated by any law of the Comanche Nation. The chairman is responsible for conducting the General Council meetings. According to the Comanche Constitution it is the parogative of the chairman to decide on the voting process conducted in the General Council meeting. During the General Council meeting on April 21, 2012 the chairman chose not to conduct a run off for Tribal Administrator.
Even though other tribes like the Cheyenne and Arapaho are not certain about who is in charge, the Comanche Nation is a fully functional government and our bank accounts are not frozen. Johnny Wauqua as chairman is in charge and acting well within his authority and power as delegated to his office by the Comanche Tribal Constitution, ARTCILE XIII, Section 1. and the Tribal Council.
Many tribes are infested with bad leaders and are facing uncertainty and cannot work out their inter-tribal disputes. The Comanche Nation found resolve by its tribal constitution and recalled six CBC for their neglect of duty and their conduct that brought disrepute upon the Nation
Sooner or later Ed Eschiti, Robert Tippeconnie, Ron RedElk, Darrell Kosechequetah, Robert Komahcheet, and Yonevea Terry will have to face reality. You are recalled. Now, how soon can we remove HSDW?
from the official Comanche Nation site:
Comanche Nation Election Board Announces Official Candidates and Voter Information
The Comanche Nation Election Board announces the official candidates and voter information for the Comanche Nation 2012 election season.
The Nation’s primary election will be Saturday, May 26, 2012. All eligible Comanche Nation voters will receive an official ballot in the mail. The ballot provides the opportunity for Comanche citizens to vote for candidates in the following positions: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Committeeman No. 1 and Committeeman No. 2. (Official nominees are listed below).The ballot also provides the opportunity to vote on each Comanche Nation budget line item.
In addition to receiving an official ballot in the mail, eligible Comanche Nation voters will be able to vote at a polling site from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 26, 2012 in the following districts: Anadarko, Apache, Cache, Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Walters. Specific locations are listed below.
Eligible Comanche Nation voters can also vote during early absentee (in-person) voting, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Comanche Nation headquarters in the new conference room.
All eligible Comanche Nation voters must present their driver’s license or tribal I.D. when voting in person. Voters who choose to submit their ballot via the U.S. Postal Service must remember to sign the affidavit on the back of the mailing envelope, affix the correct amount of postage, and have it received by the Lawton Post Office by noon, May 26, 2012. Voters cannot vote both in-person and absentee.
Another general council meeting will be called at a later date in order to take nominations for the remaining vacancies in the Comanche Business Committee and Election Board.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Comanche Nation Election Board at (580) 492-3274.
Listed below are the official candidates for the 2012 primary election ballot. (Note: previous lists published in some outlets have been incorrect).
1) Wallace Coffey
2) William Nelson, Sr.
3) Eleanor McDaniel
4) David Yeagley
5) Calvin Kosechata
6) Jacquetta McClung
1) William Owens
2) James Nelson
3) Mack Mike Mahsetky Jr.
Committeeman No. 1
1) Charles Ikner
2) Charles Wells
3) Anita Daukai
Committeeman No. 2
1) Dan Bigbee, Jr.
2) Vernon Tehauno, Jr.
3) Sonya Nevaquaya
Listed below are the official polling locations for the 2012 primary election:
Bureau of Indian Affairs Agency courtroom located at Hwy 281 N. Parker and McKenzie Road, Anadarko.
Comanche Community Center located at Julia Mahseet Road and Hwy 281, Apache.
Cahoma Building located at 752 NW Quanah Road, Cache (pending confirmation).
Comanche Nation Headquarters, new conference room, located at 584 NW Bingo Road, Lawton.
Comanche Nation Outreach Office located at 7390 S. Walker, Suite G, Oklahoma City.
Comanche Community Center located at 905 E. Missouri Street, Walters.
For any futher question please feel free to contact:
Comanche Nation Election Board, (580) 492-3274