Chief’s Letters

Appellees’ Petition for a Writ of Certiorari is Denied


October 22, 2019

Appellees’ Petition for a Writ of Certiorari is denied, and Appellees’ request for a stay is denied.

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The Secretarial Election and Why We Should Consider Constitutional Amendments


October 10, 2019

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BIA Approves the Calling and Conducting of a Secretarial Election on Proposed Amendments


September 9, 2019

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Voting Results to Approve or Disapprove Names of Children Read at 2019 Annual Meeting to Seneca-Cayuga Nation Roll


July 1, 2019

The 36 names were approved by a majority vote of 419 to 32 with 36 spoiled ballots.

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Court Enters Final Judgement in Favor of Business Committee


June 13, 2019

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The Court of Indian Offenses Finds Chief Fisher Lawfully Adjourned the June 2018 General Council Meeting. Election of Grievance Committee Members at “Rump” Meeting Invalid.


May 31, 2019

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Business Committee Prevails Again in its Defense of Seneca-Cayuga Tribal Sovereignty


April 24, 2019

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Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Opinion Finding in Favor of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation Against the Business Interests of Larry and Carla Steckline


February 27, 2019

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Grove City Council to Consider Purchasing Cherokee Queen I


February 21, 2019

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Dear Tribal Members: Election Update


September 14, 2018

Dear Tribal Members:

As you are aware, the Nation’s Business Committee previously enacted a Resolution setting a tribal election for September 15, 2018. However since the passage of that Resolution, factors beyond the Business Committee’s control have led to the decision to delay the scheduled election.

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Fake Grievance Committee Members Agree to Allow Court Order Prohibiting Them From Acting to Remain in Effect Until Trial on November 9, 2018


August 30, 2018

The Fake Grievance Committee Members agree to allow court order prohibiting them from acting to remain in place until trial on November 9, 2018.

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Decision and Order, June 02, 2017


June 2, 2017

The order of the trial court declaring Plaintiffs to be the proper office holders on the Seneca-Cayuga Business Committee is affirmed. The order of the trial court that the actions of those who remained after adjournment of the 2016 Seneca-Cayuga General Council annual meeting were not authorized by the Seneca-Cayuga Constitution and are null is affirmed. The orders of the trial court that went beyond these determinations are reversed and ordered vacated. Entered this 2nd day of June, 2017.

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DEAR TRIBAL MEMBER: On Behalf of the Business Committee


April 30, 2018

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TO ALL TRIBAL MEMBERS: Proposed Changes to the Constitution


November 21, 2017

The Seneca-Cayuga Nation has requested three Constitutional Amendments to be approved by the U.S. Department of Interior- Bureau of Indian Affairs. Proposed changes to the Constitution will include the following:

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Business Committee Moving Forward


September 27, 2017

Two important decisions impacting the Nation were issued recently. The Court of Indian Appeals denied the Petition for Rehearing by Paul Barton and others who previously unsuccessfully had tried to take over the tribal government after the 2016 General Counsel was adjourned.

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Motion to Reconsider


September 20, 2017

The Court, having received and considered the Motion to Reconsider and for Remand filed by Appellees/Defendants, Paul Barton, et al., and having considered the Objection thereto filed by Appellants/Plaintiffs, finds that a basis in fact and law has not been stated in the motion or found by the Court, and the Court therefore denies the motion to reconsider and for remand, and a mandate shall issue.

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The Seneca-Cayuga Nation’s Response to Cynthia Donohue and Paul Barton


July 5, 2017

Dear Ms. Donohue and Mr. Barton:
I have presented your settlement offer to the Business Committee. My clients were pleased that you want to dismiss your lawsuit so that a new election can be held. The Business Committee was initially surprised that you want a new election.

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TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE SENECA-CAYUGA NATION


June 15, 2017

The Court of Indian Appeals in its Decision and Order of June 2, 2017, found as follows:
(1) Paul Barton, Cynthia Donohue, Hoyit Bacon, and attorney Scott B. Goode’s coup removing the elected officials was illegal.
(2) Chief Fisher had the constitutional authority to adjourn the General Council Meeting of June 4, 2016.
(3) The Magistrate’s takeover of the election held on January 21, 2017, supported by Paul Barton, attorney Scott B. Goode and Cynthia Donohue was illegal and violated the due process rights of the Nation and its members.

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Plaintiffs’ Response in Support of Election Monitor’s Report of Election Invalidity


May 5, 2017

The Plaintiffs concur in the conclusion of the Election Monitor’s Report (“Report”) as to the election’s invalidity. However, the most important reason for that invalidity is not mentioned in the Report. Contrary to the Report’s assumption, the Eligible Voter List, pursuant to which the ballot packets were mailed out, was not up to date. In fact, the Eligible Voter List had not been updated to include those tribal members turning 18, and therefore becoming eligible to vote since the June 16 General Council Meeting. Those omitted voting members, numbering at least 71, exceeded the margin of victory in the Chief election, thereby preventing the results from being capable of determination with mathematical certainty.

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


March 28, 2017

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


March 15, 2017

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


March 6, 2017

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


February 22, 2017

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


February 22, 2017

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


January 26, 2017

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


December 14, 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 Constitution and Bylaws


May 2, 2016

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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Appellees’ Petition for a Writ of Certiorari is Denied
October 22, 2019

The Secretarial Election and Why We Should Consider Constitutional Amendments
October 10, 2019

BIA Approves the Calling and Conducting of a Secretarial Election on Proposed Amendments
September 9, 2019

Voting Results to Approve or Disapprove Names of Children Read at 2019 Annual Meeting to Seneca-Cayuga Nation Roll
July 1, 2019

Court Enters Final Judgement in Favor of Business Committee
June 13, 2019

The Court of Indian Offenses Finds Chief Fisher Lawfully Adjourned the June 2018 General Council Meeting. Election of Grievance Committee Members at “Rump” Meeting Invalid.
May 31, 2019

Business Committee Prevails Again in its Defense of Seneca-Cayuga Tribal Sovereignty
April 24, 2019

Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Opinion Finding in Favor of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation Against the Business Interests of Larry and Carla Steckline
February 27, 2019

Grove City Council to Consider Purchasing Cherokee Queen I
February 21, 2019

Dear Tribal Members: Election Update
September 14, 2018

Fake Grievance Committee Members Agree to Allow Court Order Prohibiting Them From Acting to Remain in Effect Until Trial on November 9, 2018
August 30, 2018

Decision and Order, June 02, 2017
June 2, 2017

DEAR TRIBAL MEMBER: On Behalf of the Business Committee
April 30, 2018

TO ALL TRIBAL MEMBERS: Proposed Changes to the Constitution
November 21, 2017

Business Committee Moving Forward
September 27, 2017

Motion to Reconsider
September 20, 2017

The Seneca-Cayuga Nation’s Response to Cynthia Donohue and Paul Barton
July 5, 2017

TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE SENECA-CAYUGA NATION
June 15, 2017

Plaintiffs’ Response in Support of Election Monitor’s Report of Election Invalidity
May 5, 2017

Response to the Amended Petition and Application for Emergency Ex-Parte Temporary/Permanent Injunction and Writ of Mandamus
March 28, 2017

Plaintiffs’/Appellants’ Reply Brief, Appeal of Case No. CIV-16-M04
March 15, 2017

Temporary Restraining Order Prohibiting New Elections
March 6, 2017

Decision on Appeal, Paul Barton
February 22, 2017

Decision on Appeal, Cynthia Donohue
February 22, 2017

Resolution Regarding Election Ordinance
January 26, 2017

Petition In Error, 12-13-2016
December 14, 2016

Seneca-Cayuga Nation Constitution and Bylaws
May 2, 2016