PCI, commission: Meeting still a go

Published 3:41pm Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Since the announcement only weeks ago from the Escambia County Commission that they would seek to schedule a meeting with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians over the now months-long dispute over trust lands, both sides of the argument have been working to nail down a date for the sit down.

Tuesday, Escambia County Commissioner for District 4 Brandon Smith, who has been in sole dissension on the commission over its actions towards the tribe, said he had spoken to officials with PCI earlier that day in order to iron out the details.

“We haven’t officially scheduled anything as of yet,” Smith said. “I spoke with Robbie McGhee this morning and we’re trying to work something out.”

Why such lengths to organize a meeting both sides have said they want to have? During the June county commission meeting, following Chairman David Stokes’ announcement the commission would seek a sit down with the tribe, Stokes also revealed that he planned to attend the meeting with only one other commissioner, David Quarker, whose District 5 territory includes PCI trust land.

McGhee, PCI tribal councilman and governmental relations advisor, said the tribe was not happy with that makeup of the commissioners, instead requesting Quarker and Smith attend the meeting alone.

“The letter came from Stokes with a reply (to the request),” McGhee said. “And they said we they wanted to meet at the courthouse and they wanted their attorneys there. But, this is not a legal matter. Stokes wants to make the determination, but it’s not his determination to make. Quarker and Smith are two individual men. He really thinks he carries the power of the whole commission, I guess.”

Smith said, later the same day, he believed the request would be met by the commission, although a time had still not been mapped out.

“I can understand why they want me and Quarker there,” Smith said. “Because it is our end of the county, but in the end everybody’s voices will be heard.”

Smith said he plans to enter the meeting in an objective manner for the purposes of finding a compromise both sides can be satisfied with.

“When I’m in the meeting with them I’ll be very considerate of their contributions and of the jobs they have created and the work they are planning on doing,” he said. “The only thing left is for   both sides to sit down and see what the other side has to say.”

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  1. CECELIA

    AS A CITIZEN IN POARCH ALABAMA MOST OF MY LIFE AND AND BEING DOMONATED BY OUR LEADERSHIP MOST OF MY LIFE …. I WOULD SAY YOU ALL NEED TO ASK THE PEOPLE QUESTIONS AND LET THEM BE APPART OF THIS MEETING THAT YOU ALL ARE HAVING. MOST OF US NEVER HAVE ANY SAY SO AND IF WE OPPOSE THE MATTER …. YOUR CRAZY OR YOUR MEDDLING. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I AM FED UP WITH OUR LEADERSHIP IN HOW THEY HANDLE OUR MATTERS AND HOW THEY ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE GENERAL COUNCIL AND HOW THEY SPEND OUR MONEY. IT’S A CRYING SHAME THAT WE AS THE MAJORITY OF THE TRIBE HAVE TO BEG THIS LEADERSHIP FOR WHAT WE GET… THEY SAID NO ONE DESERVES NO MONEY WITH OUT WORK … YET SOME OF THEM GET OVER AND ABOVE WHAT THEY ARE WORTH. WITH BONUSES EVERY QUARTER AND FRINGE BENIFITS YOU WILL REALLY FIND OUT WERE THE MONEY GOES. IT’S THESE’S LEADERSHIP THAT HAVE SET THEMSELVES UP TO RECIEVE AS MUCH AS THEY DESIRE AND THERE RETIREMENT. DON’T LET THEM FOOL YA! I THOUGHT WHEN THEN CASINO COME’S TO TOWN … IT’S SUPPOSE TO BENIFIT THE INDIAN PEOPLE AND THERE NEEDS? THINK AGAIN. THERE IS A FEW THAT GET SERVED AND THAT’S THE CLAN THAT HAS HAD A HAND IN THE MATTER FOR 25 YEARS AND OVER. I AM 50 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE SO MUCH DECIET! WE NEED AUDITORS FOR THE (GENERAL COUNCIL) AND THIS IS THE TRUTH . IF WE EVER GONNA HAVE HONESTY …. WE NEED A CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM! TRUE SO TRUE! JUST ASK ARROUND! WE NEED YOU THE COUNTY TO ASK SOME OF US TO COME TO YOUR MEETING. SO THE TRUTH WILL BE HEARD!

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