Letter to the Editor: Complaints
BY Geary Don Crofford, Tahlequah
Saturday, February 02, 2013
2/02/13 at 7:26 AM
Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker has transformed the Cherokee Nation into his personal playground and financial honey pot for friends and relatives at the expense of the Cherokee people.
This administration is not keeping its promises and is playing the same dangerous games the national media witnessed in the 1990s.
Close associates of Baker are benefiting from Cherokee Nation money, but the rest of us are losing jobs or not getting needed services.
Even as Baker touts transparency, he has stopped the public disclosure of potential conflicts of interest such as the hiring of numerous Tribal Council relatives as well as his own.
Baker has shown a complete disregard and even contempt for written human resources policy, the Tribal Constitution and the Cherokee people, and even plans to start rescinding tribal citizenship of some of their opponents.
Baker reportedly has boasted of selling the airplane and closing the Washington, D.C., office to save money, yet seems to spend most of his time traveling.
Broken promises include 300 houses a year. Baker's Housing Authority has only built 15 after a year and a half in office.
Cherokee voters should remember this summer that they have been used and deceived by council members Frankie Hargis, Joe Byrd, Curtis G. Snell, Chuck Hoskin Jr. and David Thornton Sr. These council members have shamefully been part of Baker's Gang of Ten who rubber-stamp and perpetuate Baker's self-serving agenda without any regard for the best interest of the Cherokee people.
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