Tribal Election Fraud?

Tribal Election Fraud?

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Parker, AZ

#1 Nov 19, 2008
Date: Friday, November 14, 2008, 11:29 AM

From: Merving Scott <[email protected]>
Subject: Tribal Elections?

FYI-Anisa Patch and Daphne Hill-Poolaw are the ones taking the absentee ballots around.

Just to let a few of you know that a candidate is informing Tribal members that they have absentee ballots and if they need any to contact her. This is currently ongoing, it apparently has been a mainstay of their votes in the past.

According to the Government Code Chapter 4 ELIGIBILITY

Section 2-401: Voters

d. Tirbal mmebers who are residents of the Reservation and are otherwise eligible may vote in any election by absentee ballot, PROVIDED THAT THEY APPLY TO THE ELECTION BOARD ( THROUGH THE ENROLLMENT DEPARTMENT) AT LEAST TRHEE WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION. Nonresident Tribal members may vote in Tribal Elections by voting at the polls or by ABSENTEE BALLOT AS PROVIDED ABOVE.

It seems someone is up to tricks, I have been told that the person represented themselfs as a candidate and infomed the Tribal member that if they needed an absentee ballot she could provide one? This is another feather in the hat of the opposition to uphold their council seats and to possibly obtain additional power by this method. We must inform all Tribal members of this questionable practice. Inform you family to pass along this information in order to prevent any questionable outcome. All we ask is for a fair and honest voting process to be carried out. We must ourselves follow the rules of conduct in this election process and not bring distrust upon ourselves there has been enough of that associated with CRIT, we must stand together and allow the name of CRIT to once again stand for respect, courage, sincerity, honesty and compassion for all Tribal Members. Thank you,
I bring this to your attention as a concerned Tribal Member and yes I am running for a Tribal Council Seat, but your vote is yours to make as you see it. I wish good luck to all the candidates and say let the voice of the people be heard.

Parker, AZ

#2 Nov 20, 2008
The Enrollment Department should have a record of the number of Absentee Ballots that were requested and sent out. The ballots were sent by certified mail which is another way to trace them. When counting the Absentee Ballots, if there are more ballots than than were requested or signed for as registered mail, we will know there's somethng dreadfully wrong.

The signature of a member that requested an Absentee Ballot should not appear on the registery at either polling place.

Some members must go to council meetings and let it be known and advise the Enrollment Department personnel that if there is an appearence of wrongdoing regarding absentee ballots, we will ask for and expect a federal investigation.

Parker, AZ

#3 Dec 3, 2008
DEC 6TH 2008

Hot Springs, SD

#4 Jun 15, 2010
Dear Mr. President:
This matter is of grave urgency, as the final date to submit a petition to run in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Elections is Friday June 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm. Enrolled members with legal training who put in petitions to run for Chief Judge are being told that they must meet a position description which has not been modified into the 638 contract between the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and BIA. contract #CTA15T34370. AFA Section G- Attachment 6 Position Description P.L. 93-638 Contract with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe for Tribal Court Program is in direct conflict with the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Constitution and By-Laws. The position for the elected position of Chief Judge does not state that the person seeking this position must reside on the reservation one year prior to running for office nor do they need to be an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation, our Constitution does not state that a Juris Doctor degree is required. The BIA have eliminated the requirements of our LBST Constitution by not including that they must also reside on the reservation and be enrolled. The enrolled members of the LBST are held to a higher standard than the non enrolled members and non members who were contacted by mail by the election board in writing to apply for our election. The election board is using this job description to limit eligible enrolled members by putting on requirements that are not required by the LBST Constitution and have never been required. This election is corrupted and needs immediate intervention. Please contact me as soon as possible, if the US Government can help the IRAQ people run fair and legal election why won't they help us the native people of this land?
The stance of the BIA has always been to stay out of tribal politics but by creating this JD for an elected position they have created a corrupted tribal election. By only asking non enrolled people to run for offices that should be held by enrolled members disregarded the requirements of our Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Constitution.

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