To the people of the Ouachita Cherokee
I have been on the Tribal Council for a good long time. In that time I have met many good and true people. In the past couple of years I have also seen the snakes come out during the time that we established the Cherokee Nation West with the Al McKay’s group along with The White River group.
Early on, the representatives of the White River group saw through the lies of the adviser and council speaker and they pulled out of the Cherokee Nation West. Annette Welch and I tried to get things back in line by talking to the speaker, Marlin McKay, but he decided to side with the snakes. We then decided to take our concerns with proof to the Tribal Council and Elder Board. The Elders would not take time to meet with us and only the council met with us with a couple of elders present. Even then, Marlin McKay stood up and told the same things that Annette and I reported at that meeting. After we told our side, council member Rod “Otter” Johnson led a prayer for Tim Jones, the person about whom allegations were made, that Tim would come back to the truth and do what was right.
For our concerns voiced on behalf of the Ouachita people we were brought up on false charges by Jim Jones and Tim Jones. They rigged the investigators (there was no investigation) and stacked the deck against Annette, Rod and I and kicked us off the Ouachita Tribal Council and Cherokee Nation West Tribal Council to which the people of the Ouachita had elected me. The people elected us and as far as I am concerned, only the righteous people can remove me.
However, I have noticed that the people seem to be afraid to confront the Joneses and Lyn Dilbeck along with her cronies. Marlin knows the truth but is too small of a man to speak it. I would not do anything to hurt the good people of the Ouachita or Cherokee Nation West. I will predict that in the future those that did away with us will bring in people that they have made deals with who are only concerned about how much money they can take from you, the people. I used my own money to attend meetings and go places for the tribe, I have spent several thousand dollars in the past 5 years. I know more people have contributed far more than I have. In my opinion, your money is being misused and your trust abused. I am sorry that I have failed in my attempts to rectify this and protect you.
Since I have been removed by those that have abused your trust, I only can hope for the Creator to protect His people. I speak of the good, honest people. As for those that are working evil and put us out, there is not an honest or ethical person among them. Normally, I would be afraid to say these things about them but not a one of them has any righteousness about them. Men and women with integrity do not do the things they’ve done. Annette, Otter and I have been done wrong. The honest people still on the council probably won’t serve long after they see who is telling the truth, and after they see the double dealing going on presently. The statements made by me and Annette Welch are true and we have witnesses that would testify if given the chance. The witnesses we have would testify, but not to the current council or elders because there is no honor in them.
All of their actions have taken place without the benefit of a constitution. When the Ouachita seperated from Lola’s group the judge ruled we could not use anything from her group. We cannot go by the 1817-1819 constitution because the Tribal council was the authority. There were no elders or clan mothers. Currently, the Elder Board and clan mothers (several of whom serve in both capacities) are in charge of you. We should have been heard in a court, but there are no current means to even set up a court, because there is no constitution.
I am very concerned for our people. There are no credible people to send to Washington to plead our case. There is mistrust in The Cherokee Nation West because of the things that have happened, the lies told and dishonest dealings. Without the Confederacy of the Cherokee Nation West, there is no hope.
The Chicamaugas and the White River Band have been witnesses to all of this and also have been witnesses to the things that Annette and I have brought to your attention. I am difficult to reach right now because of sick family but my contact info is available as always. My prayers are for the good people, not for the snakes.
Greyeagle, Dave Ratterree