Tribal Council

The current Tribal Council consists of the following individuals:

Chairman:
Brenda Shemayme Edwards
bgedwards@caddonation.org
Vice-Chairman:
Carla Guy
cguy@caddonation.org
Secretary:
Wildena Guy Moffer
wgmoffer@caddonation.org
Treasurer:
Carol Swindell
cswindell@caddonation.org
Anadarko Representative:
Sondra Dupoint
sldupoint@caddonation.org
Binger Representative:
LaDonna Hernandez
ldhernandez@caddonation.org
Fort Cobb Representative
Eloise Harjo
emharjo@caddonation.org
Oklahoma City Representative:
(OPEN)

On Monday, September 23, 2013, Chairman Edwards sent an email to all tribal council members, calling for a Special Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and another special council meeting to be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Click here to view this document.

Chairman Edwards received two (2) emails regarding these meetings, one from Ms. Eloise Harjo stating that she would be able to attend these meetings and one from Philip Smith, simply stating “NO!”  Chairman Edwards also received verbal confirmation from Ms. Wildena Moffer that she would be able to attend these meetings as well.  No other council members replied. Click here to view (2) documents.

Chairman Edwards called the BIA law enforcement office to inform them that tribal council meetings would be held on these dates and asked if an officer could be present.

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, Chairman Edwards called the Special Council meeting to order at 1:49 p.m.

Roll call results were as follows:

Brenda Shemayme Edwards – Chairman Here
Philip Smith - Vice Chairman Absent
Wildena Moffer – Secretary Here
DeLita Butler – Treasurer Absent
Eloise Harjo – Ft. Cobb Representative Here
Ann Donaghey – Anadarko Representative Absent
Bonnie Christine Noah – Binger Representative Absent
Oklahoma City Representative – (VACANT)

The meeting was adjourned at 1:51 p.m. due to the lack of a quorum.

 
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Chairman Edwards called the Special Council meeting to order at 10:12 a.m.

Roll call results were as follows:

Brenda Shemayme Edwards – Chairman Here
Philip Smith - Vice Chairman Absent
Wildena Moffer – Secretary Here
DeLita Butler – Treasurer Absent
Eloise Harjo – Ft. Cobb Representative Here
Ann Donaghey – Anadarko Representative Absent
Bonnie Christine Noah – Binger Representative Absent
Oklahoma City Representative – (VACANT)

The meeting was adjourned at 10:20 a.m. due to the lack of a quorum.

 

On Sunday, September 29, 2013, Chairman Edwards sent an email to all tribal council members, calling for a Special Council meeting to be held on Monday, September 30, 2013, beginning at 1:30 p.m., and another special council meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Click here to view this document.

Chairman Edwards received two (2) verbal confirmations from Ms. Eloise Harjo and Ms. Wildena Moffer stating that they would be able to attend these meetings.  No other council members replied.

Chairman Edwards called the BIA law enforcement office to inform them that tribal council meetings would be held on these dates and asked if an officer could be present.

On Monday, September 30, 2013, Chairman Edwards called the Special Council meeting to order at 1:40 p.m.

Roll call results were as follows:

Brenda Shemayme Edwards – Chairman Here
Philip Smith - Vice Chairman Absent
Wildena Moffer – Secretary Here
DeLita Butler – Treasurer Absent
Eloise Harjo – Ft. Cobb Representative Here
Ann Donaghey – Anadarko Representative Absent
Bonnie Christine Noah – Binger Representative Absent
Oklahoma City Representative – (VACANT)

The meeting was adjourned at 1:43 p.m. due to the lack of a quorum.

 
On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, Chairman Edwards called the Special Council meeting to order at 10:46 a.m.

Roll call results were as follows:

Brenda Shemayme Edwards – Chairman Here
Philip Smith - Vice Chairman Absent
Wildena Moffer – Secretary Here
DeLita Butler – Treasurer Absent
Eloise Harjo – Ft. Cobb Representative Here
Ann Donaghey – Anadarko Representative Absent
Bonnie Christine Noah – Binger Representative Absent
Oklahoma City Representative – (VACANT)

The meeting was adjourned at 10:49 a.m. due to the lack of a quorum.

 

Persuant to the Caddo Nation Constitution and Bylaws, Special meetings of the Tribal Council may be called at the discretion of the Tribal Chairman.

Also, persuant to the Caddo Nation Constitution and Bylaws, any elected or appointed officer missing four (4) consecutive meetings of the body of which he is a member, without cause acceptable to that body shall forfeit his office.

Therefore, the following four (4) people have now forfeited their positions:

Philip Smith – Vice Chairman  (FORFEITED)
DeLita Butler – Treasurer (FORFEITED)
Ann Donaghey – Anadarko Representative (FORFEITED)
Bonnie Christine Noah – Binger Representative (FORFEITED)

At a Membership Meeting which was held on October 19, 2013, the Membership passed Resolution 10-2013-01. Click here to view this document.


Other officials of the Caddo Nation include members of the Hearing Board and the Election Board.


In 1938, the Constitution for the Caddo Indians of Oklahoma became an established government. The Tribal Council is composed of eight members: the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Oklahoma City Representative, Binger Representative, Anadarko Representative, and Fort Cobb Representative. The Representatives come from four areas (districts) with high populations of Caddo people. Though these Representatives are elected to represent their individual constituencies, they play an important part in making decisions for the entire tribe. Terms are for four years. With the exception of the Tribal Chairperson, the Tribal Council members are not paid a salary.


Caddo Nation - 1929

“Caddo Indian Tribe Business Committee and Friends on the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol Building, January 25th, 1929.” Archives and Manuscripts Division, Oklahoma Historical Society.

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