Demand an investigation and audit of Cherokee Nation COVID-19 emergency relief money

Demand an investigation and audit of Cherokee Nation COVID-19 emergency relief money

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T​.​R. Blakestad started this petition to Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, District 3 Wes Nofire and

Cherokee Citizens deserve to know where their tribe is spending its money.  The tribe has been given more than $500 million dollars in CARES Act funding to protect and support its citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cherokee Nation Business has been and continues to be a black box of financial information of the citizens money.  Cherokee Nation has given more than $128 million in CARES act funding to CNB and we have yet to see what they have spent them on.  We do not know what happened with the money, we do not know what was purchased, or who it was given to.  What we do know is that multimillion dollar facilities were purchased with those funds for a soundstage and other apparent self-interest projects, while our citizens have continued to suffer.

We have been greatly affected by COVID-19, through loss of income, medical expenses, utilities, child care, housing assistance and other areas.  We are asking that an audit be conducted, the results be made public and for the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council to hold a formal hearing upon finalization of the audit.

Sign this petition in support of the below draft resolution and request your tribal councilmember representative to agree to be a sponsor!  If one or more council members agree to sponsor this, it can be placed on the agenda for the February 25th Tribal Council meeting. Please sign the petition only if you are a Cherokee citizen. We citizens deserve transparency and accountability to ensure our friends and family are safe during this global pandemic and beyond. 

                         COUNCIL OF THE CHEROKEE NATION

A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE AUDIT OF COVID-19 EMERGENCY RELIEF    FUNDS AND CALLING FOR A FORMAL HEARING BY THE TRIBAL COUNCIL

WHEREAS, the Cherokee Nation since time immemorial has exercised the sovereign rights of self-government on behalf of the Cherokee people;

WHEREAS, the Cherokee Nation declared a state of emergency on March 16, 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic;

WHEREAS, Cherokee Nation was awarded approximately Five-Hundred Million Dollars ($500,000,000.00) in CARES Act funding by the United States government for the health and safety of its citizens as provided for by federal law;

WHEREAS, Cherokee Nation has allocated the CARES Act funding for the safety, health and recovery of its citizens and branded in part as the Respond, Recover and Rebuild Project (RRR);

WHEREAS,  Article X, Sections 2, 4 and 8 of the Cherokee Nation Constitution and Title 62 of the Cherokee Nation Code Annotated requires the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council (“Council”) to provide by law an annual expenditure of funds specifying the purpose and source of such funds, and that money so designated shall be used for no other purpose;

WHEREAS, the Council finds that it is vital in a democratic society that access to public programs and documents be accessible to its citizens with minimum delay and costs;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council hereby calls for an full investigation and accounting records of all CARES ACT funding administered by the treasurer of the Cherokee Nation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council specifically requests that such investigation and accounting records to include but not be limited to, all invoices and grants; the true source of the emergency funds disbursed; a line item detail of individual amounts distributed; a line item detail of any expenditures on products; equipment and services; total number of applications received; total number of applications approved and denied; and any written program guidelines or application forms used to administer these funds;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council specifically requests that such investigation and accounting records to include but not be limited to, all paid and unpaid invoices to Cherokee Nation from Cherokee Nation Businesses requesting reimbursement from CARES Act Relief Fund dollars; Supporting detailed general ledger documentation related to the invoice request from CNB to CN, i.e., all excel spreadsheets in searchable format (subtotaled and totaled) to include all the following for each individual expenditure; Date, account, subaccount, activity, description and amount.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council hereby requests that Cherokee Nation Evaluation and Compliance and the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation conduct this investigation and full accounting records;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council requests that this audit and investigation be completed and made public within thirty (30) days of the passage of this resolution;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council shall conduct a formal hearing upon the findings of such audit and investigation as duly authorized in 19 CNCA § 51, et seq. (“Cherokee Nation Subpoena and Investigation Act of 2000”).

 

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