MCN Supreme Court calls for a new election

MCN Supreme Court calls for a new election
MCN Supreme Court returned a decision Wednesday, Oct. 2 to nullify the results of the MCN Primary Election.MM Graphic

MCN Election Board plans to file a Motion to Reconsider

By Rita Courtwright, Managing Editor

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — According to a press release from Muscogee Creek Nation Public Relations, MCN Supreme Court returned a decision Wednesday, Oct. 2 to nullify the results of the MCN Primary Election.

Two petitions were filed by principal chief candidate Lucian Tiger III on Friday, Sept. 27 with the MCN Election Board regarding concerns over the principal chief’s race.  The first petition filed claimed fraud and irregularities, as well as the inclusion of George Tiger’s name on the ballot.

George Tiger pled guilty to one count of bribery in federal court eight days before the primary election, Sept. 21, after absentee ballots had already been mailed out. MCN Constitution bars felons from serving as principal chief.

The second petition requested a recount of the absentee ballots for the candidates for the Office of Principal Chief.

MCN Supreme Court attended the recount proceedings, Oct. 2 in the Mound Building Auditorium on the MCN Tribal Complex.

The MCN Election Board plans to file a Motion to Reconsider.  If the MCN Supreme Court does not reconsider the decision, a new election will be held within 60 days of the MCN Supreme Court decision.

At the time this story was sent to press, Mvskoke Media still had not been able to obtain court documents explaining why the election had been invalidated. A new date was also not provided by the MCN Election Board for a new election.

Mvskoke Media will keep you posted on this story.

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  • L Brunee
    October 3, 2019, 7:58 pm

    Why dont you just put Mr. Tiger on the general election ballot and save the money having another primary. It will save time also.

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  • joe r. taylor
    October 7, 2019, 11:07 pm

    Uh,…excuse me, but I can’t find that process in my copy of the CONSTITUTION OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION. Please guide me to the appropriate page detailing this route of procedure. Thank you…!

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