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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