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Sunday, August 2, 2015
TRIBAL CORRUPTION: Klamath Tribal Secretary Torina Case Targeted for RECALL
A group of Klamath tribal members who have lost faith in their elected leaders are preparing to initiate recall efforts on several council members with elected Klamath Tribal Secretary Torina Case being the first targeted.
A letter requesting Case’s resignation or risk being recalled was hand delivered to Case at the Klamath Tribes administration office on Friday, July 31, 2015. Case who has served as the Klamath Tribes secretary for over 16 years won re-election in 2013 after beating out two other candidates vying for the position. In respect to her years of service to the tribe the group is offering Case the chance to resign before initiating the removal process.
The removal process is a right reserved to Klamath Tribal members in the Klamath Tribes Constitution. Any tribal council member can be removed for the remainder of a term for “just cause” by a majority vote of the qualified voters at a special or general council meeting. Vote for removal should be requested by a petition setting forth the cause and must be signed by 100 tribal members.
Months of intertribal turmoil and frustration with the current tribal council’s form of governance has sparked concerned tribal members to take action. Quinten Bettles, a Klamath Tribal member who supports the recall efforts stated “Our failure as a tribe is because of blatant nepotism and too many conflicts of interest”. Lack of tribal council accountability and transparency has only increased cynicism from tribal members. Rowena Jackson, a Klamath Tribal member stated “It is obviously time for change, we want a new council with heart and traditional values who will represent us the way our chiefs did in the past”.
Council members targeted for recall will face a number of allegations that violate the Klamath Tribes Constitution. All allegations will be fully outlined in the recall process. If Case refuses to resign the group expects to be able to collect enough signatures on the recall petition to return to the tribal council right away. Once the required number of signatures is verified, the tribal council is obligated to review the petition for just caus