Choctaw Tribal Council Meets

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

The Choctaw Tribal Council met in an executive session Tuesday.

Members of the media were asked to stay out of the closed session, but about midway through the 2-hour meeting, a tribal member emerged from the chamber saying that the thrown out election was not on the day's agenda.

"Well, it's not about the not a candidate," said Mac Jimmie. "I think they want to meet on something else."

Jimmie is also the tribal member who filed the challenge to the tribal council about the June 14 election results, claiming that votes cast after the 8 p.m. deadline should not have counted. Supporters of Phyliss Anderson, who won a runoff July 5 that was tossed out, took issue with Jimmie's appearance at the meeting.

"We're supposed to hear on the matter with the council and the tribal chief sitting," said Tracey Trolle. "And now the complainant is being chauffeured by the administration's car, so it's basically self-serving on one party only and that's Beasley Denson."

Denson, who lost in the July 5 runoff, declined comment following the meeting.

With no decision to overturn the council's initial ruling, Anderson says she is ready to run again.

"The Choctaw people have spoken twice, saying they didn't want the incumbent, so we are just excited about the upcoming election on September 6th," Anderson said.

The Tribal Election Commission met Tuesday to hammer out firm guidelines for future elections, so they can avoid the same scenario Sept. 6 that they had back in June.

The tribal council will have to approve any changes proposed by the commission.

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  • by anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 09:41 AM
  • by Native Feather Location: Philly on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:41 PM
    The whole tribe of Chahtas has never been strained through a ringer the way Miko Denson is putting them through. He is setting up rules or laws that have never been heard of nor have they been made known to the Chahtas until now. It may seem as if the general public may think that Chahtas deserve what they are experiencing right now. They don't deserve such demeaning actions taken by Miko Denson. Miko Denson's term ended July 12th but he is still making up rules as he goes. Is he having psychological problems? Any person with a good mind would have stepped down and allow the Vice Chief to take over the operation of the tribe until the decision is made in the September 6th election which looks more toward Ms. Anderson winning the seat of Tribal Chief for the 2nd time around. We know the Federal probe won't reveal anything until several months from now if it is processed correctly. We also know most of Beasley Denson's "real players" club will see its day in court. As of recent, Beasley Denson is doing a "walk out" from the special called Tribal Council meetings. I'm kinda believing that is his way of showing that he "controls" what goes on in the Tribal Council. It is just ridiculous!!!!! No man has ever been so foolish as Beasley Denson is.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    they are doing this as in hopes to protect all their butts.. they have to i will bet more then Deson will is going down... and they have to keep him in power in order to protect themselves
  • by native pride on Jul 26, 2011 at 08:52 PM
    This whole election is a waste of time and beasley knows it. He reminds me of a two-year old who can't let go of something that does not belong to him. How a young child can throw a tantrum when he does not get his way. What will it take for him to see that we want a change?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to native pride
      I agree with you Native Pride. Very good question.
  • by OMG!! Location: CHATAH FIRST!! on Jul 26, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    Anything over $1,000 embezzled from the resort puts you behind bars for 20 years on the reservation and also a one million dollar fine. and Titan embezzled an extra $140,000 more every month. looks like the CEOs of the tribe and the advertising agency are going away for a long, long time. they should have asked for approval from the tribal council or chief. what were they thinking? I'm sure the tribal officials were blind-sided by this news and will ensure that those involved will get punished approriately. 18 USC Sec. 1168 TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE PART I - CRIMES CHAPTER 53 - INDIANS Sec. 1168. Theft by officers or employees of gaming establishments on Indian lands (b) Whoever, being an officer, employee, or individual licensee of a gaming establishment operated by or for or licensed by an Indian tribe pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission, embezzles, abstracts, purloins, willfully misapplies, or takes and carries away with intent to steal, any moneys, funds, assets, or other property of such establishment of a value in excess of $1,000 shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned for not more than twenty years, or both.
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      by Native Feather on Jul 27, 2011 at 06:42 AM in reply to OMG!!
      OMG, where did you get your info? If you are correct, then these individuals who knowingly hid these information from the Chahtas need to be indicted and convicted.
  • by what? on Jul 26, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    the former tribal council members who lost in this past election were called in today by beasley to work on today's council meeting while the newly elected and sworn in council members were put on hold. how in the world??
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      by Lulu on Jul 30, 2011 at 06:25 PM in reply to what?
      Yeah, Kinda messed up aint it?I think the new ones are who should be voteing not the ones who were voted out.
  • by ummmmm!!! Location: ummmmm!!! on Jul 26, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    something's got to give!!!
  • by watcher Location: Newton County on Jul 26, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    Beasley Denson is a disgrace. When he gets beat again, what will be the problem then. Denson was beat fair and square. For anybody that cares, in all elections at the end of the day a bailiff goes out and stands in the line behind all those in line at the close of the day. Nobody can vote that comes up behind the bailiff. That is proper and is good for everybody except a bunch of wild indians.
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      by ummmmm!!! on Jul 26, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to watcher
      what you stated is true for all elections, but you probably already know, that the choctaws set their own laws and this probably wasn't something that they ever had to consider because they never had these type issues the way the last remake should be kept to yourself...j/s
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        by watcher on Jul 26, 2011 at 07:01 PM in reply to ummmmm!!!
        Maybe that was a little off color but this is by far the craziest thing I have ever seen. It was not an issue until Denson was beaten the second time and no one has raised any issue with the polls closing then. I would guess that this would not be an issue now had he won. Maybe my comment should have been about those crazy Native Americans. Do you like that better. The point is the same. You are right. They do things differently and Denson is trying to steal the election. You realize there is money to me made if he stays chief for another few months.
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          by Lulu on Jul 30, 2011 at 01:18 PM in reply to watcher
          I hate to bust your bubble but its the first election that is in question not the second.
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      by Neshobadog on Jul 26, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to watcher
      All interesting comments but at times we let our true colors surface during intense debates.
  • by truly amazed on Jul 26, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    I am glad we are moving on, but what was the true basis for this meeting today, why was media called in, if the meeting was to overturn an election like the media stated,then why the sudden change of plans, was this a waste of time a ploy by team to phyllis to gain sympathy. And if the council wanted to question about the election process, don't we have a governmental affairs committee to discuss this issue and not a special call meeting of the council.
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      by Lulu on Jul 26, 2011 at 04:13 PM in reply to truly amazed
      She does not need your sympathy. More like a ploy to draw attention to hisself.{beasley}To let everyone know he is still in charge.
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        by truly amazed on Jul 26, 2011 at 07:14 PM in reply to Lulu
        It wasn't him who called the special called meeting, he had nine signatures of the council who made a request and today was the day that he had set to have a meeting, let me tell you a secret, I heard he did a darn good job upholding the constitution, where as Phyllis would like to trample all over it.
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          by nativehoney on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:22 AM in reply to truly amazed
          We won't be fooled! Beasley upheld the Tribal Constitution for his own personal greed, not because he was thinking about us Chahtas. He conceded defeat, but after he realized he had the opportunity to use the Constitution on his behalf....he jumped @ it. Let me tell you a secret......Beasley didn't uphold the Tribal Constitution in the 2007 election which put him into office. Beasley trampled all over it, after members of the tribe filed grievances and claimed there where irregularities in the that election. Chief Phillip Martin conceded defeat, even though he had a solid arguement to address the irregularities. He was a true leader! RIP Chief Martin
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          by Jim on Jul 27, 2011 at 09:02 PM in reply to truly amazed
          Beasley's own sister, Angela Denson is the one who kept complaining about the ballots which is why there were at the most about 200 ballots thrown out from Chief Martin's tally in 2007. Funny thing it's time the Choctaws throw Beasley Denson and his sister out!!! Time for a Change!!!! Time for New Leadership!!!!
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          by Lulu on Jul 30, 2011 at 01:21 PM in reply to truly amazed
          you make me laugh!!!
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          by Lulu on Jul 30, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to truly amazed
          Phyllis and Kevin stepped back and declined to vote because they were to personally involved. Why didnt beasly do the same? Why wasnt it put to a vote of the council, the ones voted out and the ones voted in. Why not take the cost of the new election out of the old councils an beasleys pockets?
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        by Native Feather on Jul 26, 2011 at 08:34 PM in reply to Lulu
        I agree with you LuLu. This is just a show choreographed by a male chauvinist who cannot admit to himself that he ACTUALLY lost the election to a woman. Get over it Beasley Denson, let go of the Tribal Chief's Seat and let the Chahtas start under a new leadership.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to Native Feather
          If you are taiking about Phyllis she and all her supporters need to see she is not NEW LEADERSHIP. she was a Councilperson. THAT IS A LEADER.
  • by Vernon on Jul 26, 2011 at 02:17 PM
    Shouldn't they have thought about the rules before the last election? Just a thought,
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      by anonymous on Jul 27, 2011 at 08:50 PM in reply to Vernon
      There are set guidelines and rules already set in place and followed in every election. Except the fact that when Beasley Denson is involved, nothing is ever done accordingly. He is the biggest problem the tribe has ever had, jumping through any and all kind of loopholes his dream team (Tribal AG's Office, Lenore Scheffler, Josh Breedlove, just to name a few) can find for him.
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