Petition seeks to oust Southern Ute chairman from officeThursday, April 22, 2010Filed Under: Politics Members of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado are gathering signatures for a recall petition against Chairman Matthew Box.
James Jefferson said in a statement to The Durango Herald that Box has shown "gross negligence" and a "serious lack of leadership." Jefferson said Box has given too much discretion to managers of Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund.
Jefferson ran for chairman in 2008 but didn't get enough votes to advance past a primary. Box won the general election. Box is in Washington, D.C., to testify at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Indian energy.
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE: Here is an example of how important PETITIONING RIGHTS are to Native Americans.
It looks like the Mohegan Tribal Government is trying, under the new proposed Petition Rights section of the Mohegan Constitution, to curtail members of the Mohegan Tribe from petitioning.
Although it doesn't deal with recall votes, it does change the numbers needed to do petitions. Should a government be made more accountable or less? This proposal would make the Mohegan Tribal Government less accountable to its members.
According to an insider, it looks like the Council of Elders will send out their Petition Amendment soon. This is an amendment that the majority of people (the Mohegan Tribe), that I have talked to, don't seem to want.
Is the Mohegan Tribal Government doing the will of the Mohegan People? Is this one more right that the government is trying to take away from the Mohegan Tribe? If so, WHY?
IT WILL DEFINITELY MAKE IT MUCH HARDER TO DO PETITIONS.
If the Mohegan Tribal Government sends this amendment out for a vote, VOTE NO. What do you think?
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