Internal disputes cited as the reason for the suspension of OIC charter
UPDATE: Dec. 3, 2019
RETRACTION: Executive orders issued for OIC
On Dec. 3 Mvskoke Media published the article ‘Executive orders issued for OIC,’ on MvskokeMedia.com
The article states incorrectly that ‘No officials from the Chief’s cabinet or CR&D responded to the request for comment.’
Director of Community Resource and Development Dianna Billie did respond the following to the Secretary of Community and Human Services Neenah Tiger on Nov. 25 and that response was then provided to Mvskoke Media on Dec. 2, via Public Relations.
“The Okmulgee Indian Community failed to maintain the efficient and effective operation of the Community by failing to utilize its own internal grievance process; furthermore, the Community continues to show instability and an ability to communicate efficiently with each other while engaging the Offices of the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch in their internal community disputes.”
The executive order was not put in place due to financial reporting.
Billie then went on to state that CR&D would be providing technical assistance, set a Board of Directors for the Community through an election and then train the Board of Directors and Community.
While it unknown at this time how long management oversight will be in place, CR&D stated that they would hold update meetings with the Community, then assess the progress of the community.
Mvskoke Media was notified of these mistakes by Acting Secretary of Commerce Terra Branson. This story will be corrected before appearing in print in the Mvskoke News publication.
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma–Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd issued an Executive Order on the Okmulgee Indian Community on Nov. 21. Executive Order No. 19-04 is a proclamation of action declaring a national emergency in the Okmulgee Indian Community.
On Dec. 2, MCN Public Relations (PR) issued a press release on the executive order.
The proclamation states that the community will be under the management of the Community Research and Development (CR&D) Department and the financial oversight of MCN Controller.
‘The community has failed to utilize its own internal grievance process and continues to show instability and an inability to communicate efficiently with each other,’ EO 19-04 said. ‘… and has pulled the Offices of Principal Chief, Attorney General and Council Members into internal disputes of the community.’
‘Establishment of oversight and control by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Community Research and Development and financial oversight of the Nation’s Controller is necessary and is in the best interests of the Okmulgee Indian Community.’
According to the executive order, the charter of the community is under suspension. Until the suspension is withdrawn, the community will be under the management of CR&D.
The press release issued by PR said that CR&D would be working on seating a board through an election and providing training for the community’s board and members.
No officials from the Chief’s cabinet or CR&D responded to the request for comment.
Chief Floyd deferred comment duties to PR and CR&D. Mvskoke Media staff reached out to OIC community and board members for comment. Media staff was told that OIC officials were advised not to speak with media and were advised to direct media inquiries to CR&D.
As of Dec. 2 a posting on the OIC door states that the community will have a meeting on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Mvskoke Media will continue to update the story with new developments. Community members wishing to speak with news staff are invited to call 918-732-7637 to contact the reporter assigned to the coverage.