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Monday, November 3, 2014

NCAI Treasurer Accused of Threatening VIOLENCE Against Women

 The 71st annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians was marred by allegations against Treasurer Dennis Welsh on Thursday.

Jefferson Keel, the lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, came to the floor with a troubling account of an incident that occurred in Atlanta, Georgia. He said Welsh threatened several people with acts of violence and intimidated a group of young women on Wednesday evening.

“This brings great discredit upon the organization," Keel, a former president of NCAI, said yesterday. Keel said Welsh was apparently "intoxicated" when it happened.

Acting on a motion proposed by Keel and seconded by Juana Majel-Dixon, a council member for the Pauma Band of Mission Indians who serves as co-chair of NCAI's Task Force on Violence Against Women, the organization agreed to convene a panel to investigate Welsh's behavior.

Almost immediately, the panel -- composed of all present and former NCAI presidents in attendance at the convention -- went into a private session at the Hyatt Regency to discuss the situation. They promised to come back with recommendations this morning -- the final day of the week-long event -- about Welsh's future.

"The committee will include president Jefferson Keel, president Ron Allen, president Joe Garcia and myself to review this," Brian Cladoosby, NCAI's current president, said yesterday.



Anonymous said...

It will be ok he was intoxicated.

H. Caufield said...

All these events consists of are Tribally elected officials getting "training" they rarely use or implement. Erstwhile, their reservations, rancherias or what have you- continue to be mired in corruption, nepotism and ignorant bliss. The great majority of these programs, organizations, commissions, etc, etc, are all wonderful in theory, yet in practice they are still in their infancy due to our "leaders" taking these "all expenses paid vacations". Where do I secure an opportunity such as this?

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

Avoiding the issues of disenrollment brings more discredit to the organization than the actions of their drunken treasurer. The NCAI is an example of what I mean when I say tribal leaders are lobbying for expansion of tribal sovereignty and tribal gaming, but do little to nothing to protect and expand the rights of individual Indians.

Disgraceful is the word for it.

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people said...

i agree entirely, reinstatement_restitution...

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Anonymous said...

What about nepotism at NCAI, Jackie Johnson Pata hired her husband to be in charge of their data network. I also read that he was booted of their tribal roll.