United Keetoowah council given bonuses over land-into-trust
Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
In June, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
of Oklahoma celebrated the historic approval of its land-into-trust application and it looks like tribal leaders were rewarded for their success.
According to The Tahlequah Daily Press, Chief George Wickliffe and Assistant Chief Charles Locust each received $5,000. Secretary Joyce Fourkiller Hawk and Treasurer Ella Mae Worley each received $2,500, the paper said.
Four more officials each received $2,500 and all nine members of the tribal council each received $1,000. That's more than $40,000 in bonuses, which the tribe's attorney general said came out of the budget.
Worley and two council members reportedly gave their bonuses back to the tribe amid complaints from tribal citizens.
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