"Well, after some investigating we now know some interesting facts about the recall petition.
The leaders of the recall want not only to oust the Chairperson, but they are also after the Council and the PBPN Newspaper (according to George's letter).
According to George the Newspaper is part of some conspiracy to undermine and destroy the tribe. I would like to see his evidence for this.
George says they are only advocating for the good of the tribe, yet we did not elect George, Mami or Badger to represent us. They only represent a small group of members who signed a petition (many were misled about what they were actually signing).
It's only their opinion, that we gave up our sovereign rights when the land was purchased in Illinois , if they truly understood the legalities of the purchase then they would realize their opinion is meaningless. This land purchase is an investment, that our children will reap the benefits of.
George says the casino transition should be the Chair person's focus, it is and the transition has been completed months ahead of schedule saving us, the tribe, millions of dollars.
Some very important steps need to be taken before we waste our time and money on a recall vote. First, we need to make certain that the recall petition signatures are actually enrolled members of the tribe. Second, that they knew what they were signing and purpose of the petition. Thirdly, allegations against the Chairperson must be proven with evidence, not rumors, here-say, or mere opinion.
An important point that as tribal members we must be aware of is that to vote on the recall the tribal member must be at the meeting on the reservation if and when the vote takes place. How is this fair to the tribal members who live off the reservation? This is an important issue, and if we are truly interested in protecting the rights of all tribal members then shouldn't we let them vote too? As Badger so eloquently said at the last council meeting about the per capita vote, "how can 100 people make policy for the entire tribe, you know, this is something that belongs to the entire tribal membership. I think it is only fair we give all tribal members a chance to vote on that, you know to voice their vote, in the process we call the democratic process." I guess for Badger the democratic process works only when it acts in his best interest.
Badger, George and Mami are leading the tribe down a dangerous path. Do we follow them? Have we not had enough of their leadership that's why we didn't vote for them isn't it? Remember, the Chairperson was elected by an overwhelming number of votes. The results of the recall could possibly send our tribe into the hands of the federal government's control. We are proving to them that we cannot work together and every time we elect new leaders we destroy them as quickly as we can. I can assure you that the DeKalb residents of the Shab be nay land are celebrating today, because they see we are not a united people, and know that we will never be successful at managing even our ancestral land.
What can you do to stop the recall? Be on the reservation at the Bingo Hall, the day of the recall election. For those of us who live off the reservation and suffer from financial hardship .... well I guess we will have to begin our own Longest Walk."