Libel & Lulz & Liabilities

Here is the segment of the August 28, 2013 Business Committee Regular Meeting posted at long last on the Tribe’s website regarding the petition to dissolve Oneida Seven Generations Corporation.

Watch as Chairperson Delgado bites his tongue while Vice-Chair Greg Matson publicly calls an Oneida Eye editor a “terrorist” on camera as is now published on the Tribe’s website.

Can you say ‘libel’?

Yet it’s not until Greg is loudly laughed at that the Chairperson springs into action and calls for ‘order.’

Really now, Ed. Priorities?

Is laughter honestly the ‘disorder’ that you as Chairperson should address after a downright doofus who couldn’t be closer to you unless he was sitting on your lap calls someone a “terrorist”?

And the most demonstrable evidence that Greg Matson has no business anywhere near political office nor a live microphone are his own words regarding his demented definition of ‘Terrorist’:

Whenever an individual from a said group enters a governmental group and takes information from that and exposes it into a public forum, what would you term it?

First, what “said group” is Greg purporting that anyone is supposedly affiliated with other than Oneida Eye?

Second, as for Greg’s question as to how the actions of the Oneida Eye editors should be termed, we suggest the following:

  • Whistleblowing
  • Public Service
  • Journalism
  • Civic Duty
  • Justice

On the one hand, if you know the facts about the Oneida Eye and its owner and editors then Greg Matson’s comments are risibly ridiculous.

On the other hand, given that there are some uninformed people who may take Greg Matson at his slanderous and defamatory word and could be incited by him to act, it’s clear to anyone with an IQ above their shoe size that Greg’s email comments and his publicly broadcast statements are dangerously libelous, even if Greg has absolutely no clue as to what the actual definition of the word “terrorist” is.

Just as is shown near the end of the recording below, there has been no comment from Vice-Chair Greg Matson nor his Executive Assistant Chaz Wheelock as to whether the Oneida Times’ published piece on Chaz and Artley Skenandore being prohibited from the Oneida Indian Nation reservation in New York due to suspicions they have been involved in arson is in any way inaccurate.

Watch the video for yourself (you’ll have to adjust the volume throughout due to their production values) and notice how everything that is said to insist that more time be allowed for legal & financial analysis only serves to underscore the need for Tribal corporate laws (no, charters & by-laws are not sufficient substitution for legislation) and also demonstrate exactly why General Tribal Council must be allowed to attend shareholder meetings and inspect Corporate Disclosure Reports for themselves as they were guaranteed by the Oneida Law Office’s February 2011 published legal opinion which states (bottom of page 5 to top of page 6):

The confidential report can be viewed by members; however it will be maintained in a confidential manner.

Having access to Disclosure Reports is essential to ensuring that GTC members are kept informed as to what potential liabilities that Tribal corporations are incurring, and that matter should be addressed and settled unambiguously at the Saturday September 21, 2013 GTC Budget Meeting as it is the right and the responsibility of the Chairperson to require Chief Counsel Jo Anne House to abide by her published word.

The Chairperson also needs to sit down with the Vice-Chair and the Chief Counsel to discuss what kinds of liabilities Vice-Chair Greg Matson’s libelous statements published on the Tribe’s website could incur.

Oneida Eye will have more commentary later.

 


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