Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cherokee Nation Citizen Requests Investigation into Violation of Cherokee Nation Free Independent Press Act

Cherokee Nation citizen, Cheryl Brown, has submitted a letter to Cherokee Nation Attorney General, Todd Hembree, requesting an investigation into Cherokee Phoenix Editorial Board member, Kendra McGeady, and her recent participation in Chief Baker's campaign.
Brown states McGeady's participation occurred during Chief Bill John Baker's "Campaign Kickoff", where McGeady, also known as Kendra Sue Montana, "was in attendance, actively participating, and reportedly actively campaigning for Chief Baker among others." 

Brown also states that she believes McGeady has violated the Cherokee Nation Free Independent Press Act (LA-16-09), Section 6, E., which says:

“* * * no member of the board shall, directly or indirectly, solicit, receive or in any manner be concerned in soliciting or receiving any assessment, subscription or contribution for any political organization, candidacy or other political purpose. The Board Members shall not participate in any political campaign or be involved in any tribal political activity, except to exercise his or her right as a citizen to express his or her individual opinion and cast his or her right to vote.”

A visit to Kendra McGeady's (Kendra Sue Montana) Facebook page confirmed Brown has a reason to believe McGeady was actively involved in Baker's campaign.

At 8:21pm on January 6, 2015, Victoria Mitchell Vazquez tagged McGeady in a photo, while adding the comment, "At Baker Campaign kick off!" 

The red arrow points to McGeady.
I agree with Brown and believe an investigation should be launched concerning Kendra McGeady's participation in this event. Our press should remain FREE of political influence. If it isn't, it becomes nothing more than a propaganda tool used to influence the Cherokee people.  

Brown's letter to AG Hembree:

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading. 

copyright 2015, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Retaliation in the Cherokee Nation

Remember the words of my friend from the post I wrote on the PACE program run by the Cherokee Nation?

If they can't get you, they will get your family. If they can't get your family, they will get your friends. One way or another, someone, either you or someone you care about, will pay for your speaking out. It's why we keep our mouths shut.

Two days after I wrote that PACE post, my personal Facebook account was falsely reported as a fake name and Facebook removed my account. With the upcoming election, pathetic attempts to silence people are expected. After all, Bill John Baker and his million dollar baby, the strongly disliked Choctaw, Kalyn Free, want to remain in power and will stoop to any level to do so. Can I prove it was they or their supporters who reported my account? No, but the timing appears to be more than a coincidence, especially considering the fact people who live in the nation know how things work and therefore often keep their mouths shut.

Don't worry about me. I'll get my Facebook account restored and continue to write and share information with the Cherokee people through here and social media. All this false report accomplished was to make my loyal followers more determined to help spread the information I share.

For anyone interested, here's a novel idea  - If some Cherokees put as much time and effort into trying to improve our healthcare or housing as they do in defending a war bonnet wearing Santa or stirring up trouble on Facebook, we Cherokees could solve many of our problems very quickly. ;)
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading. 

Update: About two minutes after this post was published, I received this message from Facebook. 

Hi Twila,

Thanks for verifying your identity. We’ve unlocked your account, and you should 
now be able to log back in. We're sorry for the inconvenience.
If you have any problems getting back into your account, please let us know.

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copyright 2015, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Settle No More - Be the Change

According to an article in the Tahlequah Daily Press
"After checking complaints of service denial by Cherokee Elder Care, a Cherokee Nation citizen believes he is being stonewalled and legally harried to prevent revelations of poor practice at the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly.
Terry Reed says a restraining order was taken out against him because he was investigating complaints about CEC/PACE procedure. The order was extended for 90 days after a Dec. 11 hearing at the Cherokee Tribal Courthouse."
I've been following this story behind the scenes for several weeks. In my humble opinion, something very bad is going on when a man submits several Freedom of Information Act requests, in an effort to protect his elderly mother and others from violations and abuse, and in turn, has an order of protection put against him so that he can no longer contact the department in question.

For Cherokees living inside the jurisdictional boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, this is not a surprise. They understand that they run the risk of such things if they speak out against injustice. They understand retaliation can and will happen. That's why many people are afraid to speak out or bring attention to things like this. In a recent discussion I had with a friend who lives inside the nation, she summed up the feeling people have, 
"We know how it is here. If they can't get you, they will get your family. If they can't get your family, they will get your friends. One way or another, someone, either you or someone you care about, will pay for your speaking out. It's why we keep our mouths shut."
This sad reality breaks my heart. People should not have to live in fear simply because they want rules, regulations and laws followed. People have a right to be treated fairly and with dignity. The Cherokee Nation is supposed to be a democracy, not a dictatorship.

Anna Wells, a Cherokee living in California, and healthcare professional, has been an advocate for better Cherokee healthcare for several years. Tonight on Facebook, she posted (shared with her permission)
"Progress is slow, but coming. The long reach of the little dixie mafia aka Cherokee Nation doesn't play fair. They will go to extreme lengths to harass patient advocates, even if that includes placing a restraining order on the sole caregiver of a Cherokee elder who is disabled, without any real justification, and then extend the order for 90 days without a fair hearing. This is real. We need people to write letters to their council representative and the media demanding an investigation into the business practices of this agency."
She continued:
"We're taking this fight outside of Cherokee Nation because it's impossible to get fair treatment in our court system or from the AGs office."
The Cherokee Nation belongs to the Cherokee people. Our elected officials work for us. Everyone who works for the Cherokee Nation works for the Cherokee people. If they don't do their job, they should be held accountable. If they abuse their power, they should be held accountable. Most of us don't have a lot of money, but we do have power. We have power in both our voices and our votes. It isn't time to vote, but it is time to speak. Concerned Cherokees are starting to stand together, in an effort to make a difference. 

If you have a story to tell and would like to get in contact with Terry Reed or Anna Wells, please email me through the Contact Me button at the right side of this blog and I will put you in contact with them. If you wish to remain anonymous, we will protect your identity.  The point is not to expose you, but to expose corruption. Terry, Anna and others want to help make Cherokee Nation healthcare better for everyone, whether it is within the regular healthcare system or within the PACE program.  Things can get better, but they can't get better without you, the Cherokee people. Change is hard and it won't happen overnight, but we can "be the change". 

I'm not saying this will be easy, but I promise it will be worth it. 

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.

copyright 2015, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB