Albert Bender: Muscogee Nation candidates reach out to voters

Albert Bender. Photo from U. S. Army Corps of Engineers / Flickr

Candidates for chief and council of the Muscogee Nation participated in a first-ever forum for tribal citizens in Tennessee. Albert Bender shares an update:
Indian history was recently made with the holding of an election forum in Murfreesboro on Aug. 8 for Muscogee Creek candidates running for the offices of principal chief and tribal council.

The forum was organized by the Tennessee Creek Association (TCA), which is composed of enrolled members of the Muscogee Creek Nation (MCN) residing in the state.

The election will be held Saturday.

The importance and significance of this MCN forum is that this is the first time in recent history there was a Creek forum in the state.

“We are sticking close to our tribe even though we live in another state. We need the state of Tennessee to realize what our tribe has done here,” said Melba Checote-Eads, MCN member and Tennessee resident.

Candidates present for the office of principal chief were James Floyd, Adam Jones, David Nichols and Thomas Yahola.

Council candidates attending the forum were Arlene Davis, Robert Hufft, Rufus Scott and Sharon Wyatt/ Rose.

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