Recall of Comanche business officials sought

LAWTON, OK. (AP) - Some members of the Comanche Nation are circulating petitions to recall six of the seven members of the Comanche Nation Business Committee.

The effort comes after the tribe's funeral home, water park and several other businesses were closed and about 40 tribal employees were laid off.

Petition drive leader Eleanor McDaniel told The Lawton Constitution that the committee members are abusing their power and creating financial hardships with the closings and layoffs.

The tribe's Economic Development Commission posted a statement on the tribe's website saying that the businesses lost nearly $5.4 million from 2006 to 2010 and that 2011 and 2012 are being audited and are under review.

The statement said the funeral home is expected to reopen in April if the Oklahoma Funeral Board approves unspecified changes in operations.

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