Tahlequah Daily Press

November 4, 2013

CN citizen files complaint on AG

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A Cherokee Nation citizen has filed a formal grievance against tribal Attorney General Todd Hembree in tribal court, saying Hembree “violated his trust responsibility and fiduciary responsibility.”

Phil Givens, CN citizen and tenant/contractor for the Cherokee Nation Housing Authority, said Hembree failed to protect Givens’ interest after he was intimidated by an employee of the housing authority.

In his written grievance, Givens asserts that CNHA employee Cheryl Hendrix  retaliated against Givens by calling her son, Matt Hendrix, of Fort Gibson State Bank, where Givens has several business loans, after Givens filed a complaint against her.

“[Matt Hendrix] threatened me by saying he would call all my notes due if I did not drop the complaint against his mother,” wrote Givens in his grievance.

Givens believes Hembree violated his oath of office and jeopardized HUD funding by not addressing his complaints.

Hembree declined to comment the open complaint.

Givens hand-delivered a copy of the grievance and an unstamped Cherokee Nation Supreme Court summons, requiring Hembree to respond no later than Nov. 15.

Givens then left a message Friday afternoon on a newsroom phone, but when staff attempted to return his call, his phone delivered the message that his voice mailbox was full.