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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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New Roof Installed on the Rock House 3/22/2017

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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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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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Calvin Cassady attends Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at UCO

       On Wednesday, Oct. 5th, in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, UCO welcomed leaders of Oklahoma’s Native American Nations to campus for “A Gathering of Nations,” a ceremony and banquet honoring Native Americans’ wide-ranging achievements and valuable contributions to Oklahoma’s civic, cultural and economic vitality. UCO President Don Betz highlights the importance of … Continued

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A Letter From The Chief, August 23, 2016

Dear Tribal Members:

This year the Nation has been involved in court cases that have delayed the 2016 election of the Business Committee and Grievance Committee offices. The Business Committee is working to conclude these matters so that an election may move forward at the earliest possible date. Your right to vote in Tribal elections by mail-in or absentee ballot has been called into question before the Court of Indian Offenses (CFR Court).

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Seneca-Cayuga Election Postponed

GROVE, Okla. — A Bureau of Indian Affairs court is delaying an already rescheduled Seneca-Cayuga election.

On Wednesday, Magistrate Tom Walker ruled to postpone a reconvened General Council meeting of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation.

In June, Walker had ordered the tribe to reconvene its General Council meeting on or near July 23 with an independent monitor to oversee its election.

According to the court minute from the hearing, the decision stems in part from a temporary restraining order regarding a candidate challenge issued in May that has not been vacated.

LeRoy Howard, the former chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, filed paperwork to run for another term. His eligibility for office was challenged, prompting litigation in the Miami Agency’s Court of Indian Offenses. That litigation also prompted the Seneca-Cayuga Business Committee to announce in April that the tribe’s regularly scheduled election on June 4 would be postponed.

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Minute Order

Court entertains argument in favor of and in opposition to Motion to Stay Pending Appeal.
Counsel inform that the TRO issued in CIV-16-M03 has not been vacated.
Court takes decision on motion under advisement.
Election ordered at conclusion of the trial postponed.

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Motion for Stay Pending Appeal and Brief in Support

COME NOW, the Plaintiffs/Appellants and request this Court to stay that portion of its order of requiring the Seneca-Cayuga Nation (the “Nation”) to hold an election on July 23, 2016, with only in-person voting and appointing at the expense of the Nation a Special Master to judicially oversee the election.

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Summer Youth “NYA-WEH” Project Update

Our Summer Youth Project workers have been working hard to beautify our cemetery. We have been using a biological, eco-friendly solution to remove years of lichen and dirt build up.
We have also leveled, realigned, and repaired the loose and broken stones. During this ongoing process I have tried to use opportunity to educate our youth on whose stones they are working on.
It was important to me to make this fun and an educational work environment giving little bits of history about who we come from and how they shaped our grounds and preserved our way of life.

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