United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma
Members of the band voted to fire housing authority director Nancy Lambert, criticized for not attending regular meetings and not keeping the tribal council informed of budget issues. "She was asked to be at that meeting, and she didn't attend," Carolyn Bilby, tribal member and administrative assistant for the tribe's Federal Programs office, said after the Nov.14 meeting. Bilby said the vote was unanimous. "She will be replaced," Bilby said. The housing authority is responsible for distributing about $885,000 from federal Housing and Urban Development funds to the tribe's 7,000 members for home loans and building projects. Lambert told the Muskogee Daily Phoenix before the meeting that she turned in her letter of resignation to the tribe's chief, Jim Henson who could not be reached for comment. Office workers said they had no record of Lambert's resignation. "I answer to Jim Henson," Lambert said. "That's the only person I need to tell." Henson was dismissed by the housing authority board earlier amid allegations he "protected" Lambert. Lambert is running against Adalene Proctor Smith for Delaware District council member in a Dec. 4 runoff election. Voters must decide between Dallas Proctor and John Hair for chief and Mose Killer and Betty Jumper Holcomb for Tahlequah District council member.