"It is easy to say you are Prairie Band Potawatomi it is much harder to walk the path as a Prairie Band Potawatomi.
I believe in our democratic system. I believe in the election of Tracy. Do I always agree with her, no, but that is a good thing. Do I want her removed, absolutely not. She has been the first with education, successful business experience and fore site to sit in the Chair position. The leaders of this recall vote are not qualified in my opinion to run the Tribe. That is why they were probably not re-elected.
I do believe Tracy has and will continue to hold this office with integrity and sound ethics. You do not need to be raised on the reservation to know what is needed on our reservation. If that is the case how does Badger know what is needed since he was not raised on the reservation. I was raised on the reservation and I am very proud of where I come from. I still have strong ties to home. As to all of you I to have my vision of what our Tribe will one day be and will be able to provide for our People.
The arguments I have read are all opinion and personal observation. Business is not based on opinion or personal observation, it is based on facts and the decisions should be made from facts. Tracy has not violated our constitution therefore there is no basis of fact to recall her.
Politics in itself is a strange bedfellow. As we see on a daily basis the fighting and infighting of Republicans and Democrats. Unfortunately our own council has built many surf domes around their position. I do not always agree with their decision or their work ethics. But we, the people elected them. Therefore I will support them and debate with them if I disagree with their position on an issue. I will also accept their decision in the end. They have a right to their opinion, that is why we elected them. I, like all of the Tribal members, have a right to our opinion. We each have a right to debate and negotiate with the Council. The bottom line, we the people elected each of the Tribal Council members. If we do not like the job they are doing then we do not vote for them in the next election. But until that time we work with them and support our Council' final decision.
It is important for the Tribal Council to work as a whole with the interest of the Tribe as their guide. Their decisions will affect many generation of our people to come.
As to the Shab be nay land, those contracts were set in place many years ago by another council. Time has proven they were not good decisions. I feel the Council today has done an excellent job working on the Shab be nay land development and have made fair decision for all parties both Indian and non-Indian in the work they have performed on this development. That is the Potawatomi way to be fair, honest and just to all with sound ethics and morals. That is what my Grandfather, Joseph Nioce taught me. He also taught me that fairness, honesty, ethics and morals were ours to give away or keep. No man can take this away from you unless you allow this to happen. He was and is right.
It is easy to say you are Prairie Band Potawatomi it is much harder to walk the path as a Prairie Band Potawatomi.
Our support belongs with the general election results, and I will support Tracy."