Chief’s Letters

Response to the Amended Petition and Application for Emergency Ex-Parte Temporary/Permanent Injunction and Writ of Mandamus


COMES NOW, the Defendants and for their Response to the Petitioner’s Amended Petition and Application for Emergency Ex-Parte Temporary/Permanent Injunction and Writ of Mandamus (“Amended Petition”), allege and state as follows:

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Plaintiffs’/Appellants’ Reply Brief, Appeal of Case No. CIV-16-M04


The Defendants’/Appellees’ (“Barton”) Answer Brief warrants comment for multiple reasons. First, its misstatement of facts and law, including the indisputably false characterization of a U.S. Supreme Court holding and the failure to mention the express incorporation of federal constitutional guarantees in the Seneca-Cayuga Nation’s Constitution (“Nation’s Constitution”) while claiming federal law is irrelevant, destroys the Answer Brief’s credibility. Second, the failure of the Answer Brief to address the undisputed facts in the record confirm the arguments for reversal by the Plaintiffs/Apellants (“Fisher”) based on those facts. Third, the Answer Brief’s complete absence of applicable authority demonstrates the failure to rebut Fisher’s proof of error.

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Temporary Restraining Order Prohibiting New Elections


IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Defendant(s) named herein, and their agents, servants and all persons acting by or through or under their authority be and are hereby enjoined and restrained from ordering and/or holding any new election pertaining to the offices of Chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation and First Committee Person of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, until this matter is resolved or until further order of the Court.

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Decision on Appeal, Paul Barton


The Appellant, Paul Barton, has filed an appeal of the decision of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation’s (“Nation”) Election Committee of January 30, 2017, sustaining the challenge of Sarah Sue Channing to the election of January 21, 2017, for Chief. The Business Committee held a hearing on the appeal on February 13, 2017. The Appellant appeared in person and had attorney Scott B. Goode sit with him.

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Decision on Appeal, Cynthia Donohue


The Appellant, Cynthia Donohue, candidate for First Council Person, filed an appeal of the decision of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation’s (“Nation”) Election Committee of January 30, 2017, sustaining the protest of Sallie White to Appellant’s election. The Business Committee held a hearing on the appeal of February 13, 2017, at which both the Appellant and her attorney Scott B. Goode appeared and spoke.

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Resolution Regarding Election Ordinance


Resolution #25-012617: A Resolution Supplementing and Incorporating Procedural Safeguards to the Seneca-Cayuga Nation Election and Voting Ordinance of April, 2016, Enacted by the Seneca-Cayuga Nation Business Committee.

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Petition In Error, 12-13-2016


IN THE COURT OF INDIAN APPEALS FOR THE MIAMI AGENCY
MIAMI, OKLAHOMA

PETITION IN ERROR

COME NOW the Appellants and for their Petition in Error state:

1. This is an appeal from the Court of Indian Offenses for the Miami Agency, Miami, Oklahoma.

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Seneca-Cayuga Nation Press Release, 11-22-2016


On November 21, 2016, the Federal Court of Indian Offenses affirmed the Seneca-Cayuga Nation’s Business Committee’s finding that LeRoy Howard, a candidate for Chief, failed to meet the Seneca-Cayuga Nation’s Constitutional requirements for tribal membership, as required in Tribal Election Ordinance. The Election Ordinance requires a candidate for office to meet the Constitutional requirements for Tribal membership within the Seneca-Cayuga Nation in addition to the Constitutional requirements for office.

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Support for Standing Rock


On behalf of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, I am writing you in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We affirm and appreciate the stand your nation is taking against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and we stand with you in solidarity.

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Tribes’ Motion For Leave to Intervene and Protest


The Inter-Tribal Council, Inc. of Oklahoma (“ITC”) and some of its member tribes, including the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, the Wyandotte Nation, the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Shawnee Tribe, and the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, filed a Motion for Leave ot Intervene and Protest on July 22, 2016 in FERC Docket 1494-433 opposing the Grand River Dam Authority’s Application for Non-Capacity Related Amendment of License, Including Possible Temporary Variance for 2016, filed May 6, 2016. The Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma and the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma did not join in that motion.

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Seneca-Cayuga Nation Constitution and Bylaws


We, the Seneca-Cayuga Indians of Oklahoma, sometimes designated as the Seneca Tribe, in order to take the advantage of the opportunities of economic independence and social advancement offered by the Thomas Rogers Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act of June 26, 1936, do hereby amend our present Constitution and Bylaws and do adopt the following Constitution and Bylaws pursuant to that Act.

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