FROM THE ARCHIVE

McCaleb letter on Seminole recognition

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2002

Assistant Secretary Neal McCaleb on Thursday wrote a letter to Seminole Nation Chief Jerry Haney to clarify the recognition of the tribe's governing body.

The issue has been of significant controversy due to the way in which Haney was ousted in 2001. A federal judge in September affirmed that he was still the lawfully elected leader.

The Department of Interior has continued to recognize Haney but held off on the general council until recently. McCaleb's letter now confirms recognition of all but one band of the 14 bands that make up the council.

McCaleb informs Haney that he will wait until December 30 to allow the Dosar Barkus Band to hold a new council election. If necessary, the Bureau of Indian Affairs will provide security, the letter states.

Relevant Documents:
McCaleb Letter to Haney (December 19, 2002)

Relevant Links:
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma - http://www.cowboy.net/native/seminole

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