Tahlequah Daily Press

Letters to editor

February 28, 2014

Concern for Cherokee jobs

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

George Jones’ recent letter in the Tulsa World concerning Cherokee Nation Principal Chief “Joe Don” Baker was amusing in that, despite his anecdotal accolades for the chief, Jones apparently does not know Baker’s actual name, confusing him with an actor. Walking tall, indeed.

Additionally, Chief “Joe Don” Baker himself seems to have his own memory issues. In his comments in the February issue of the Cherokee Phoenix, he stated his goal is for every Cherokee to have a job provided by Cherokee Nation. That objective seems to fail to take into account the numerous Cherokee Nation employees Baker terminated for political reasons, the jobs he took from the Keetoowahs, or the many non-Natives or non-Cherokees he subsequently hired.

The top leadership at Cherokee Nation Businesses (CNB), where Jones states he is employed, is almost entirely non-Cherokee. Hopefully Cherokee voters will remember in 2015.

Geary Don Crofford


Editor’s note: In the interest of accuracy, the Press has no proof the CNB leadership is “almost entirely non-Cherokee.” There are 11 members, and at least five are Cherokee. Also, the claim that Baker himself “took” jobs from the Keetoowahs is a bit of a stretch, since that tribe’s failure to get its casino land into trust was a factor. Previous Cherokee Nation chiefs have also upheld their own tribal law by fighting against other tribes “encroaching” on their jurisdiction.

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