To the Editor,
I want to voice my opinion on the article in The Robesonian on Sept. 9 that was titled “Hunt Keeping District 2 seat.” Why do we even need a Lumbee Supreme Court if they are going to make a ruling and the tribal chairperson is not going to abide by it? Ms. Hunt states that “after much deliberation and in order to abide by the Lumbee Constitution and the Supreme Court of the Lumbee Tribe, I will become inactive and will modify my role on the Tribal Council.”
I’m sorry Ms. Hunt, but neither the Lumbee Constitution nor the Lumbee Supreme Court says that you should be inactive and modify to keep both positions.
The Supreme Court said in its ruling that “this is not a perceived conflict of interest, it’s an absolute conflict of interest” when one person holds both legislative duties and administrative duties in the government. Ms. Hunt goes on to say that she is seeking a legislative fix so the issue doesn’t happen again. Does this sound familiar ?
I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems to me it’s back to business as usual on the Tribal Council. Do as we want. To heck with the rules.
Richard Terry Locklear