Liz Gray/Managing Editor
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma – Official Impeachment for Okfuskee District Representative Travis Scott has begun.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Council held an Impeachment Session Aug. 12 at the Mound Building in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
When Mvskoke Media previously contacted National Council about the Directive required by MCN Code, the response received by Council was that during the May 22 Emergency Session the motion “Go through the Removal Process of Title 31 for Representative Scott,” was the Directive.
However, during the Impeachment Session, a Directive was approved with a vote of 14-0 and became publicly available with the allegations against Scott.
The cause of removal is based upon review of the witness evidence presented and recommendations from both the National Council’s Internal Affairs Committee and Fact-Finding & Investigations Committee, which presented probable cause for removal of Scott.
The allegations state that prior to his 2017 election as National Council Seat B Representative, Scott owned “Scott Native Products”, doing business as “Parks Brothers Ace Hardware, with his spouse, ShaRee Scott since 2015.
After taking the oath of office in January 2018, the Directive continues to state how Scott’s business engaged in transactions with numerous MCN business entities from January 2018 until approximately September 2020.
The total amount received by his business through these transactions add up to $107,584.33; a breakdown of the transactions includes $70,458.47 with the MCN government, $36,802.97 with MCN casinos and $322.89 with Muscogee Nation Businesses referred to as MNBE.
According to the Directive, witness testimony alleged that Scott’s business engaged in illegal business transactions with the Nation and its subsidiaries while Scott was serving his term as a Representative of the National Council in violation of MCN law.
National Council Special Prosecutor Jeff Davis was confirmed in the Directive. Davis will investigate the allegations, prepare information and present evidence to the Special Impeachment Committee consistent with Title 31 of MCN law.
Special Impeachment Committee Selection, drawn at random consists of Representatives Mary Crawford, Joyce Deere, Randall Hicks, James Jennings, Thomasene Yahola Osborn, Darrell Proctor and Mark Randolph. Rep. Robert Hufft is the alternate.
The Directive stated the Committee is to state and report their findings in the matter to the Council within 30 days from the vote authorizing the Directive. The Committee is also directed to report whether they authorize the Special Prosecutor to prepare Articles of Impeachment against Scott.
Scott has filed with the MCN District Court alleging the Council violated his Constitutional Due Process. The filing seeks to obtain court order to reinstate Scott’s monetary compensation and insurance benefits as well as his capacity as a National Council Representative.
Former MCN Judge Jeremy Pittman represented Scott in court, with Jeff Davis representing the National Council during arguments held Aug. 23.
This is a developing story, Mvskoke Media will provide updates as they become available.