MIAMI – The Court of Indian Appeals for the Eastern Oklahoma Region handed down a decision concerning parties to a dispute over the conduct of the June 4, 2016 annual meeting of the Seneca -Cayuga General Council.
The plaintiffs in the appeal; William L. Fisher, Jerry Crow, Sarah S. Channing, Sallie White, Lisa Spano, Calvin Cassidy and Geneva Fletcher requested the Court of Indian Offenses find resolution to a controversy to whether or not they are the proper office holders of the Seneca-Cayuga Business Committee for the tribe after a bench trial was conducted declaring them the proper office holders.
The defendants in the case; Paul Barton, Scott B. Goode, Hoyit Bacon, Cynthia Donohue, Diana Baker, Tonya Blackfox and TeNona Kuhn appealed the trial court’s order along with other portions of the court’s ruling.
On June 2 the Indian Court of Appeals handed down their decision upholding the original decision declaring the plaintiffs to be the proper office holders of the Seneca-Cayuga Business Committee.
At the June 4, 2016 Seneca -Cayuga General Council meeting points of orders were raised, and the meeting was abruptly adjourned.
According to the court’s filing, “Points of order were then raised by some members in a manner that was considered by the Chief (William Fisher) to be hostile, disruptive and potentially posing a safety risk.”
The Chief adjourned the meeting without motion or approval, and some of the Nation’s officers left while other stayed and elected a chairman pro tem to preside.
Subsequently, the pro tem chairman conducted a meeting where a…
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