On Monday May 18, 2009, Mohegan Tribal Member, Ken Davison, received the judgement of the Honorable Mohegan Tribal Court Judge Freeman. Davison's case is about whether a tribal member should have to vote the entire number of positions available in an election or can tribal members legally vote for less than the total number of positions available.
The Honorable Judge Freeman, decided in favor of the Defense (the Mohegan Tribe, and the Election Committee). To see her judgement, check out, http://www.feathernews.blogspot.com/. You will see how the judge came to her decision.
The question, now readers, is does he appeal or does he just accept the decision. I think he should continue. I think he should appeal. Although, I understand the judge's logic, I still feel there is something fundamentally wrong, when a voter has to do something he doesn't want to do. Voting, to me, is putting my picks down on paper.
It is FREEDOM OF CHOICE. If we, (the Mohegan Tribe) are doing something we don't want to do, then voting is no longer a privilege and something that tribal members are doing willingly. Are tribal members being forced to do something they really don't want to do? What do you think?
Tribal members, I spoke to, think Ken Davison should continue the fight. They think the law needs to be changed. Tribal members were asking the following questions.
Why aren't the Council of Elders, stepping up to fix this situation? Why isn't the Tribal Council stepping up and fixing the situation? Could it be, that the very practice of the way Mohegan Tribal Members vote, favor the incumbents?
Why couldn't the Tribal Council send this matter out for a vote, by the Mohegan membership, and settle the issue once and for all?
SHOULD HE OR SHOULDN'T HE? What do you think? Comment on his website and let him know.