Tribal Treasurer-Recalled-Dennis Welsh Jr.
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#1 Jan 4, 2010
By Joan M. Travis
Monday, January 4, 2010 6:47 PM MST
Tribal Treasurer Dennis Welsh Jr. was recalled Dec. 31; he lost by 35 votes. The CRIT Council accepted the recall numbers Jan. 4. The question of whether Welsh should be recalled received 407 "yes" votes and 372 "no" votes.
Welsh was elected Dec. 2, 2006, along with Richard Armstrong and Daphne Hill-Poolaw.
Since July 2007, tribal members have voted on three recall attempts on council members. The third attempt to recall then-Councilwoman Daphne Hill-Poolaw succeeded in a Dec. 13, 2008 recall election.
A week prior at the Dec. 6, 2008 General Election, tribal voters ousted all incumbents except Valerie Welsh-Tahbo.
Welsh was appointed interim treasurer when Hill-Poolaw was removed from the treasurer's position by Tribal Council action Sept. 2, 2008. The following day, a petition was taken out on Hill-Poolaw for recall.
Welsh was appointed Sept. 28, 2008, to the treasurer's position by the new council.
In the October 2008 issue of the CRIT newsletter, Welsh published a financial summary of the Tribes. CRIT had never published such a detailed financial account.
Finances were often a bone of contention with tribal members and previous tribal councils.
Welsh and staff determined Sept. 30, 2008, CRIT would have a shortfall of $1.4 million.
Also in the summary, the Tribe had two outstanding loans that totaled $29 million.
Welsh stated in the report "...CRIT Tribal Council must begin accurate, responsive budget planning for 2009 and reduce government spending immediately."
Vinton Tahbo took out the recall petition on Welsh Oct. 20. In Tahbo's general statement of reasons for recall he said Welsh neglected his duty and there was gross misconduct. Tahbo claimed there was mismanagement of tribal monies.
A special election will be held March 5 and Welsh said he planned to run for office.
Welsh made the following statement to the Pioneer:
"I want to thank all my friends, family and supporters for their continued faith in my leadership. I am wiser, humbler and stronger because of this experience. The amount of positive support I have received has convinced me that all that we have fought for and changed over the last three years was not in vain. Therefore, I will be running in the upcoming special election within the next 60 days. I still got a lot of work to do to ensure that the reform of our government is completed.
My whole life I have been aggressive in on that I have chosen to do ... leadership is no exception. I will admit that I always knew that I would be recalled for my aggressive agenda for "change." However, I learned at a very young age that life is far too short to take your time to better yourself or your community. Change is long overdue for our people
#2 Jan 8, 2010
SO !!! B.F.D
#3 Feb 28, 2010
This is for all the number crunchers out there:
Would selling out all tribal holdings (including the highly sought after water rights), distributing the remaining funds (after paying off their debts)equally amount eligible members leave them each enough to live the est of their lives in comfort?, allow each to buy their own homes & medical insurance ect.?.
If it were viable, could it also relieve the general taxpaying public the burden of footing the bill for all the Federally funded operations that are in place locally to preserve a culture that no longer exists?. Where consuming bottles of Steele Reserve & Meth. now seem to be the only thing being passed down to the next generation?.
How many tribal member under the age of 40,..or even 50, can fluently speak their native tongue?
Don't get me wrong,it's not that the people are bad, because there are some fine decent people here that could prosper if not for the few in power that chose to keep their own people huddled together to wither away generation by generation.
I mean it was tragic enough they were forced on to this God forsaken strip of land in the first place, but to be kept impoverished by their own leaders in the name of culture,..Now that is tragic.
#4 Jul 8, 2010
It is funny because the Parker Pioneer sure likes to twist things and make like everything is ok, cleraly not the case. In doing so they covered up the murder of an illegal alien on Dennis Welsh Jr., farm which is leased to him by the Tribe. There were no names published, the location was not even disclosed, however, months later it is admitted that illegal activity was taking place on his farm and it was still not made public, just wiped away. Then, regarding the lease that he has with the Tribe, he did not pay from 2009, now 2010. He owes the Tribe over $300,000 from the lease alone. He has a crooked record if you look him up online through the public records system. Clearly not the sign of a leader. He also is in debt my many people as a result of his farming business. Legal actions have been filed with the court, I am sure this can be verified online as well. How is he able to handle the tribal finances if he can't even handle his own business. Clearly not a leader. I wish the Parker Pioneer would get rid of Joan Travis and start printing the facts instead of assisting with the lies. Financials are constantly inaccurate, he gets into arguments with the Controller because they have two different sets of numbers. Come on now would you believe the accountant or the so-called treasurer with a sociology degree? Dennis Welsh Jr. needs to step down from Trearsurer and Tribal Council he is a disgrace to represent the members at large.
#5 Jul 23, 2010
Two recalls for CRIT councilmen
By Joan M. Travis
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:44 AM MST
Colorado River Indian Tribes councilmen Dennis Welsh Jr. and Merving Scott Jr. are being recalled. Welsh is being recalled by Tina Evans and Scott is being recalled by Vinton Tahbo. Evans and Tahbo need to gather a minimum of 366 signatures.
Deadline for the signatures to be submitted on Welsh is Aug. 24; and deadline for signatures on Scott is Aug. 23.
This is the third time to recall Welsh, who also serves as tribal treasurer. Welsh was recalled Dec. 31, 2009; and re-elected March 5. He then was re-appointed as treasurer.
Tahbo made a second attempt to recall him in April. He had until June 15 to collect 366 signatures. A total of 449 signatures were turned in; 120 signatures were voided; making 329 signatures valid, falling short 37 signatures of the minimum requirement.
Signatures were voided because of illegible writing; a signature placed where a name should have been printed and vice versa; and wrong Social Security numbers.
Tina Evan took out the recall petition on Welsh. Evans made the grounds for the recall:
Dennis Welsh Jr. has proven to have no regard for our council and membership. He has swayed the same four council members to concur with his blatant disregard for our constitution. Mr. Welsh's appalling debts to the tribe and outside his businesses disqualifies him as a likely choice for our tribal treasurer, which poses a direct conflict. He is in tremendous debt but expects the members to believe he can handle our finances by supplying inaccurate financial reports. He habitually leaves convened council meetings, especially when elders speak and expects respect. Mr. Welsh attended a coalition meeting and talked negative about other council member's attendance and turned around and said the opposite in a council meeting contradicting himself. He disrespects our deceased and campaigns at our funerals. The last recall on Mr. Welsh; he sat there on his own behalf and condoned 120 elders and others member's signatures to be thrown out. One reason given was signatures were past the black line; despite our attorney's stating this was not valid reason to discount a signature. We are not cronies we are tribal members with our own minds and opinions. If Mr. Welsh had any decency left, he would step down!
Welsh responded with the following statement:
First and foremost, I would like to say that I am very thankful and honored to serve the tribal membership in my capacity as a councilman and the treasurer, despite, all the personal attacks against me as an individual. I am very proud to be a part of the many positive changes that have taken place over the last three and a half years, and I will continue to work hard to bring about even more changes to move the Tribes toward a brighter future. It saddens me that the people who continue to try to recall me continue to step lower and lower in their attempts to lie about my personal conduct as a leader. As I have said before; anyone who knows me as a person and a leader can tell you that I am a very respectful and unselfish person who always puts the good of the people before my own. I am once again asking the tribal membership to trust in me that I will continue to fight for equality and fairness for all tribal members. Thank you for your continued faith and support to bring about the long overdue changes in the CRIT government.
#6 Jul 23, 2010
Two recalls for CRIT councilmen PART2
By Joan M. Travis
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:44 AM MST
Tahbo issued the grounds for the recall on Scott:
Merving Scott Jr. must be recalled from tribal council. Mr. Scott has shown his utmost disregard for the Tribal Constitution and the voice of tribal members. His disregard is so apparent that he refused and denied tribal members the right to have their voices heard. He supported the tribal council decision that did not recognize the will and rights of the members. He has violated his oath of office to support and defend the constitution and to defend and protect the rights of tribal members. He has done this to help and protect one person, Dennis Welsh Jr. He put Dennis Welsh Jr. above the people and above the law. He has disregarded the will of the people by his actions that say tribal member voices, votes and signatures don't matter and therefore don't count. Meaning "you (the tribal member) don't count!" He has abused his position to influence and corrupt the democratic process provided for by our Constitution. We must recall Mr. Scott because he is not a leader of the people, but a follower of a select few on tribal council. His actions for the past year clearly show his unfitness and failures as an elected leader.
Scott responded with the following statement:
You, the Tribal members, must decide if what one group of people are saying is true. I have upheld the Constitution in the validation process that this group disagrees with. I have and will support the enrollment department in the conduct of their duties to this Tribe. If you feel this group speaks for all of you then you must decide to support the issue or not. I will continue to uphold the position of trust that you the people elected me for.
#7 Sep 21, 2010
This is another article that has conveniently been altered by the Parker Pioneer. The Recall was thrown out, the total signatures collected against Dennis Welsh Jr., was 449 signatures turned in and all that was required was 366 signatures. A lot of signatures were voided out at the order of Mr. Merving Scott. Don't you think it is funny that Mr. Welsh went into the counting room as signatures were being verified. Mr. Merving Scott who had the job to oversee this, did not feel that anything was wrong. This is unheard of the person being recalled, allowed to sit in the room and intimidate the employees. Clearly what has happened in this case. The attorneys were called in and verified what they did was wrong, the constitution only requires Enrollment to verify signatures. Why were so many thrown out, because certain people count and others don't? Mr. Welsh, you have clearly lied your way out of not paying the Tribe for the land you lease over $300,000 and other tribal members including Mr. Merving Scott allows you to do this right in front of tribal members. If Mr. Dennis Welsh Jr. did not do anything wrong, then why at a public council meeting on June 21, 2010 did the Tribal Chairman of the Tribe ask fellow council members to remove you from your seat? Clearly there are many things that need to be altered in your perception, of course your fellow council member cronies voted that motion down and you still sit where you do. As Ms. Evans states, have some decency and step down if you truly are for the people. It seems clear and transparent you are not invincible.
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