GAMBLING INTERESTS: Attempting Hostile Traditional Tribal Council Takeovers in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Virginia and elsewhere
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Historically, we are part of the historic 1828-1833 "Arkansas Cherokees; or the "Cherokee Nation West" yet to be re-recognized by the federal government.
WHY ARE GAMBLING INTERESTS ATTEMPTING HOSTILE TRADITIONAL COUNCIL
In the summer of 1998, our non-profit incorporated tribe, The Amonsoquath Tribe of Cherokee, Inc., was given a non-gambling business opportunity. It was an opportunity being taken advantage of by some other traditional tribes in Florida and elsewhere for raising revenues, and was shared with us through our chief's family channels, which includes Dakotas, Seminoles and Cherokees -- among many other nations.
The business could have easily made our tribe self-sufficient -- using natural materials from our property.
Until... a few members of the tribal council decided to "go into business for themselves" in the summer of 1999.
A clumsy, illegal and unsuccessful attempt was made by a minority faction on our council, and a few greedy others, to take over the tribal government. The coup attempt failed because too many tribal members saw through the lies and illegal maneuvers by our ex-vice chief, but the attempt was not without repercussions.
As a result, tribal finances have gone into a tailspin, because monies were embezzled.
Federal and state investigators have refused to help us, leading us to believe that these governments are involved in trying to shut down our tribe, which is a remnant of the Powhatan Confederacy -- the oldest sovereignty in the U.S. -- as the first encountered by the English in Virginia ,and signatories on the Treaty of 1677, and many others since -- which was just starting to get on its feet after 400 years since its incorporation in 1993.
We have recently been informed by an informed source within government, that this takeover may be funded and inspired by gambling interests, and similar tribal government takeovers are underway, in our sister tribes, using the same tactics, and by the same perpetrators involved.
We wish we could tell you more, but it would compromise ongoing investigations. We would like to add that this kind of vicious intrigue is, and has been going on, in Indian Country for years, as more and more bona-fide tribes seek recognition.
The reason is that tribes like ours, which are traditional and do NOT want to use gambling or other undesirable methods of raising funds.
We are not judging individuals who like to gamble. We do no want gambling operations, with its attendant evils, in our back yard - or our front yard. We see what gambling has done to our cousins in North Carolina and elsewhere, so our tribal constitution forbids using gambling as a business.
Still, attempts are being made all over Indian Country, through conspiracies, blackmail, threats of violence, etc. to force Native Sovereignties into the gambling business, and we simply refuse to "go there!"
We would simply prefer to continue to live here without modern conveniences, in uninsulated tarpaper shacks - as we have for many years - with out gambling in ANY form including Bingo, than to bring in the influences that gambling enterprises attract, like alcohol, drugs,and prostitution.
At least we have the original 705 foot well, which provides water to the private reservation. Our chief, a disabled elder and a Viet Nam veteran, hauled water to the property for 3 years so -- it is a great blessing.
We still have no underground water piping, and use hoses... but not in the winter when water is taken to buildings, by the bucket, as needed. A friend with a backhoe offered to dig waterlines for us, but his backhoe broke down, and we cannot afford to hire the job out.
Thank you all for considering all these burdensome things, and for considering donating money. NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL or too large for that matter... and are tax deductible.
For all those who are thinking of sending donations to help our tribe, which is a non-profit corporation, please bear in mind that Chief Walking Bear is now having to pay all the tribal obligations out of his own pocket, and he is sinking fast. We will lose telephone and internet services soon, and have already received cut off notices.
Some local members are helping, but this is the poorest county in Missouri. He will soon be losing telephone service soon because of it. We have also lost the ability to do mailings to our 700 members to appeal for funds, so that really cripples us as most simply don't know what is happening!
$6300.00 dollars total is needed to pay off the land and other obligations, and to pay our taxes, so every little bit will help!
Please send donations, which are TAX DEDUCTIBLE, made out to:
Amonsoquath Tribe of Cherokee, Inc.
ADDRESSED TO OUR TREASURER EXACTLY AS SHOWN:
Becky Jones, Treasurer
Rt 1 Box 191
Ellsinore, MO 63937
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