Why Does Oneida Business Committee Chair Ed Delgado Fear The Truth?

At the October 27, 2013 General Tribal Council Meeting the GTC voted against Oneida Trust & Enrollment Committee Chair Carole Liggins’ petition to eliminate a Tribal polling site at the Southeast Oneida Tribal Services (SEOTS) facility.

Oneida Eye discussed the motives behind Carole Liggins’ petition in a previous post:

Oneida Eye never believed that GTC would support the latest bald attempt to disenfranchise Oneidas by forces who fear the expansion of Tribe members’ access to information and voting because they want to keep an iron grip on all aspects of the Tribe and make sure that GTC’s power is diminished while the BC, boards, committees, commissions and Tribally-chartered corporations are allowed to run roughshod over the rights of the many for the benefit of a few.

The fight to protect the integrity of the Tribal political process is nowhere near over, and now the Legislative Operating Committee is being encouraged by people like Carole Liggins to undermine security provisions of the voting process via changes to the Tribal Election Law.

That is why an Oneida Eye editor went to the microphone to inform the GTC that the “Staff Attorney” recently assigned to the LOC is Lati Hill who, in fact, is NOT an attorney because he has NOT passed the Wisconsin State Bar exam.

Something as important as the integrity of the Election Law, which has long been under attack by people like Carole Liggins, Racquel ‘Rocky’ Hill, and others, ought not be treated as an afterthought that deserves nothing better than someone who is violating Wisconsin State Law by falsely purporting to be an “Attorney at Law” as counsel for the LOC.

When Ed Delgado insisted that the Oneida Eye editor’s microphone be cut off and called for security to drag her away, all he really achieved was to demonstrate that he – and the Business Committee – know exactly how unacceptable General Tribal Council would find that kind of flagrant violation of the Tribe’s Attorney Contract PolicyArticle VI. Contract Approval, by the Chief Counsel to be, as well as how objectionable GTC would find it that the BC voted to retro-approve Chief Counsel Jo Anne House’s hiring of a non-licensed person as a Staff Attorney.

The Attorney Contract Policy states:

Article V. Contract Contents

5-2. Attorney contracts shall contain the minimum information, limitations, restrictions and the like as set out below:

a. Documentation required annually regarding acquisition and maintenance of bar status – good standing.

Yet Lati Hill has not acquired any “bar status” and therefore has zero “standing,” and lying about being an attorney won’t help. The question now is whether he’ll even be allowed to take the bar exam now that the Exam Board knows he’s publishing falsehoods about his legal credentials.

The BC’s October 9, 2013 vote to retro-approve Jo Anne House’s hiring of Lati Hill as an attorney when he doesn’t have a law license suggests that Jo Anne beguiled or bullied Ed Delgado and the BC into adopting what seems to be her definition of ‘Sovereign Immunity’:

As hypocritical and lawless as we wanna be.

However, based on the information contained in the October 22, 2013 Request for Injunctive Relief, Docket #13-TC-129:

– the BC knows Chief Counsel Jo Anne House screwed up.

– the BC knows non-attorney Lati Hill screwed up.

– the BC knows that the BC screwed up, too.

The BC cannot afford for the Tribe to know just how badly they’ve all screwed up and that their flouting of the Attorney Contract Policy, the Code of Ethics, and State Law makes a farce of the Oneida Law Office, the Tribal Judicial System and their own Oath of Office, and therefore Ed Delgado vainly attempted to keep GTC in the dark.

Otherwise, why would Ed Delgado feel the need to threaten an Oneida woman who was only trying to tell GTC the truth?

Maybe Ed should run for the Board of AIM after he loses next year’s Tribal election.

In the meantime, here’s a preview of Ed Delgado’s campaign poster:

Vote Delgado in 2014!

Who cares about the truth, anyway? Vote Delgado in 2014!


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