Kiowa Tribe aims to resolve leadership dispute with new election

The Kiowa Tribe hosted a powwow fundraiser in honor of the Carnegie Wildcats high school basketball team on March 8, 2016. Photo by Michael Attocknie / Kiowa Tribe Higher Education Department

A leadership crisis within the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma might finally be coming to an end.

Acting on a provision in the tribal constitution, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has called a September 17 election for chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and four committee posts. Kiowa citizens have until August 19 to register for the vote.

The BIA hasn't recognized the results of a Kiowa election since December 2010. But some members held their own elections in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and the winning candidates have claimed to represent the tribe at various points.

More on the Story:
Kiowa tribal members prepare for election (The Lawton Constitution 8/5)

Interior Board of Indian Appeals Decisions:
Amber Toppah, Charlotte Bointy, Alva D. Tsoodle, Stephen Smith and Ricky Horse; Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma (Komalty KBC); and John Daugomah v. Southern Plains Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs (February 17, 2016)
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma (Komalty KBC), and J.T. Goombi v. Acting Southern Plains Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs (February 17, 2016)

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