Posted: Mar 18, 2013 7:59 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
The possible removal of Chippewa Cree Business Committee chairman Ken St. Marks is creating tension in the tribe. Now both sides are telling two completely different stories of why this happened.
Vice Chairman Rick Morsette says his committee wants St. Marks out of office due to neglect of duty and gross misconduct.
The committee says it gave St. Marks, who has served since November, a written summary of the grounds for removal.
Morsette says they can't provide details because it's a personnel matter and they want to protect St. Marks, but he will say the grounds for removal include seven different actions and categories of actions that "establish a knowing and willful violation of legal duty, lack of ethical responsibility, and callous disregard for the obligations assumed of his election."
St. Marks, however, says the others want to see his departure after he questioned where millions of dollars of the tribe's money has gone.
He says when the health clinic collapsed on the reservation due to flooding, only $15 million dollars of $25 million dollars given to them by insurance was used to rebuild it.
He says the committee refused to show any books or receipts on where the other $10 million dollars went and cited several other instances of missing money.
In total, he says the tribe is $40 million dollars in debt: "I'm going to get to the bottom of it. I'm going to try and find all the money that's missing. We can use it here for our people and that's what I'm going to do."
The committee is giving St. Marks a chance to respond to the charges next Monday.
They said they hope to have the issue resolved by next week.
However, St. Marks says he will not attend, and plans to prove they are illegally removing him.