"ndnlady" who commented above needs to use her own name if she wishes to receive respect. Why would anyone use a fake name? Is ndnlady ashamed to let us know who she is? When Wilma Mankiller and Chief Byrd were Chiefs, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma was building lots of nice new homes for its citizens. Since Chad Smith became Chief, the tribe has completely stopped building new homes. I know a Cherokee elder who had to pay for her own walker because the tribe refused to pay for it. Elders are denied the medications they need because the tribe doesn't want to pay for it. Disabled tribal members are forced to live in inadequate housing because the tribe has refused to pay for it. It is true that the tribe is bringing in a lot of money from gaming, but Chad Smith has failed to see that the money is used for the good of the elders and people with disabilities. Chad Smith ought to go somewhere and sit down and let somebody else try to bring some compassion and integrity back to the position of Principal Chief.
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 15:25