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MCN files petition to remove Hobia from citizenship, Council candidacy

MCN files petition to remove Hobia from citizenship, Council candidacy

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Jessica McBride/Managing Editor

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation petitioned the MCN District Court Aug. 10 to order the MCN Citizenship Board to revoke the citizenship of Jeremiah Hobia and order the MCN Election Board to remove him from the list of certified and eligible candidates.

The court documents filed by MCN Attorney General Kevin Dellinger state that Hobia is ineligible to be a Muscogee (Creek) citizen or hold MCN office due to his citizenship enrollment with the Kialegee Tribal Town. It also states that Hobia is the KTT town king.

The petition states, ‘Hobia either willfully failed to notify the MCN Citizenship Board when he became a member of the Kialegee Tribal Town or defrauded the Citizenship Board when he enrolled as a citizen with the MCN. All persons applying for citizenship with the MCN are required to sign a NO DUAL ENROLLMENT oath affirming that he/she will not dually enroll with another tribe.’

Mvskoke Media has reached out to the Citizenship Board, Election Board and MCN Public Relations for comment and will publish updates as the story develops.

View petition.

View request for court date.

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  • jay fife

    August 10, 2017, 9:36 pm

    First and for more most, our tribal towns are our first Mvskoke identity. When introducing yourself, you say your clan and tribal town. No matter what. Hotvlkvlke vmvliketv ton Rvro Kvlkv vmetelwv tos ce.

    MCN Constitution Article 2, Section 5 states:

    "This Constitution shall not in any way abolish the rights and privileges of persons of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to organize tribal towns or recognize its Muscogee (Creek) traditions."

    With that being said this petition is stupid. Who is "Dr. Hughes"? His name is not even listed on the citizenship board! I have a lot of respect for the tribal towns and their government. I do not support disenrollment of our MCN citizens, it’s wrong. If they’re going to disenroll MCN citizens, they’ll have to disenroll each and everyone of our citizens because we all belong to a tribal town.


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    • Charles Ferguson@jay fife

      August 11, 2017, 7:20 pm

      "This Constitution shall not in any way abolish the rights and privileges of persons of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to organize tribal towns or recognize its Muscogee (Creek) traditions."

      So to recognize a tribal within the jurisdiction of the Mvskoke Nation that recognition must come from the Federal Government. In Chapter 5 it states that to organize tribal towns.Kialegee is already federally recognized so, in that respect Article 2, Section 5 is of no effect. The question then has if this person is so deemed King of Kialegee and has chosen to run for National Council without identifying himself as a tribal town king when registering to run for council is he not in a conflict of interest? Does Mvskoke National Council have qualifications that describe eligibility to run for council member? If not then it must be addressed by the National Council to prevent a so=called town King from forming a more powerful position that they should be able to form. A tribal town King may believe that by being town King and National Council member that he, in fact, is equal to Principal Chief of the Mvskoke. Might be a power play here and should not be allowed.


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  • Percy Dug Sharp

    August 11, 2017, 9:12 am

    I can understand MCN disqualifying a National Council candidate on the grounds of conflict of interest (if they’re on the governing body of one of the three Tribal Towns ), but if there looking at terminating his Muscogee Creek Nation citizenship, because he’s also a member of one of the three Tribal Towns, MCN could be "opening the door" to a issue(s) that could possibly have an effect on hundreds (if not thousands) of MCN citizens who are also members of either Thlopthlocco, Alabama-Quassarte, and the Kialegee Tribal Towns).


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    • Charles Ferguson@Percy Dug Sharp

      August 11, 2017, 6:56 pm

      Let’s see, because of my grandma and her mom and then her mom I belong to Euchee Town, that said Euchee Town is a ceremonial town. Now let those who wish to define what is or what is the difference between a tribal town and a ceremonial town. I don’t think one can legally distinguish between the two. If that isn’t true put up or shut up.


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      • Rob Trepp@Charles Ferguson

        August 15, 2017, 4:25 pm

        After the US civil war many towns became Christian. Churches were built on the ceremonial grouds at Big Spring, Hutchechubba, and orhers. They still held seats in the houses of Kings and Warriors. Towns are political entities and are Mvskoke regardless of the religions of their members. Ceremonial grounds are religious institutions who observe the ancient political structure of their ancestors but are only parts of the ‘tribal towns by blood’ that we all belong to by birthright.


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