Chief claims a lack of financial oversight behind the revocation
OKMULGEE, Okla. — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd revoked the Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association (OCMA) community charter through an emergency executive order on June 3.
A press release was issued June 4, outlining the reason for revocation.
“Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association has engaged in gross mismanagement of tribal funds with egregious financial accounting and failing to meet basic financial accounting standards,” the release states.
The order states there was also a failure to comply with audits for 2018 and 2019.
Chief Floyd called the measures taken unfortunate.
“It is unfortunate that this severe action must be taken to correct problems that community leaders are trained to prevent. We have worked with the community and extended time for them in order to comply with required accountability,” Chief Floyd said. “Our audit of their records identified significant non-compliance, which required this severe action.”
Day to day operations of OCMA will be under the direction of MCN Community Research and Development.
The executive order absolved the authority of the OCMA Board of Directors.
The executive order states, Controller Clay Darnell, is authorized to confiscate and manage all financial resources including accounts, bank records, computers, and all other documents related to OCMA, Creative Circles Promotions, LLC and Creative Circle Gift Shop and Gallery, LLC.
According to Chief Floyd’s statement, OMCA services will continue.
The charter revocation will remain in effect until further notice.
Mvskoke Media contacted the Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court on June 5. According to the court clerk, no charges for alleged misconduct had been filed in MCN District Court in this matter. Mvskoke Media will make updates as soon as they become available.