Open Letter: Response To Recall Petition Request
by Stephanie Rainwater-Sande
May 11, 2004
From a personal standpoint, I think that a midyear election (which is what this would be) is fruitless, harmful, and costly. This will cost KIC tribal members $10,000. And don't forget that the person facing a recall vote has the opportunity for a public meeting to tell the world their side of the story - and this is not a forum for debate of the issue this will be MY response to Elmer Makua's allegations of misappropriations of KIC funds. I do not take this lightly and I will not tolerate your trumped up charges. Elmer, this is not my first or second year on council this is my eighth year of service, plus two years of volunteer work at KIC with a total of ten years of service to our people with my goals and objectives being to elevate KIC to the highest position politically, financially and self-supporting within the shortest time possible. Recalls cause embarrassment for our tribe and there are other issues to factor instead of doing a recall:
1. An attempted recall brings
morale down with staff and membership
The following issues have prompted me to respond to this attempted recall. KIC needs to be able to work with the staff not against the staff. Some Tribal Council members need to show the respect to staff and one another that they always talk about during our monthly meetings. This being said I believe that we as a tribe need to have qualified Tribal Council members that are committed to working on KIC funding and business knowingly that there power and authority is at the board room table not working individually.
Note: Stephanie Rainwater-Sande is President of the KIC Tribal Council. This written statement was first read publicly by Rainwater-Sande at the KIC Tribal Council Meeting Monday evening, May 10, 2004, in response to a recall petition application from Elmer Makua.
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