Chickasaw Nation approves raise for Anoatubby

By: Todd Larkin Email
By: Todd Larkin Email

ADA, Okla. -- On Friday, Chickasaw legislators voted on a $200,000 raise for Governor Bill Anoatubby that will bring his salary to more than that of President Bush.

Tribal members spoke out Tuesday against the proposal, saying that if the Chickasaw tribal government has this much money to hand out, they should put it back into the hands of the Chickasaw people

Governor Anoatubby will make more thn $500,000 a year.

Tribal legislators say the Governor's service warrants the raise.

"I feel he has earned every penny, but I think the position deserves it as well. It's an enormous position," said Tribal Legislator Linda Briggs.

Legislators are also considering a 30% increase in Governor Anoatubby's retirement budget.

By the end of 2009, he could me making more than $700,000 annually.

They also agreed to give him more in his retirement salary, but Chickasaw lawmakers voted against giving themselves a raise.

Of course there's debate on this money issue. Some in the Chickasaw Nation say that money should go back to programs for the Chickasaw people.


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  • by Michael Location: Oklahoma on Sep 1, 2008 at 09:57 PM
    It would seem Bill Anoatubby(who was born in Denison,Texas)is looking out for his self. I am sure anyone who has used tribal services(excluding medical)knows the hoops you must jump through. A lot of there programs are funded by the federal government. Which is why you can only get help May through Sept. $1000 a month is not much but for a single person it excludes you from there food distribution program. It also excludes you from any emergency utilities programs. They will pay once a year between Oct and May. By the way you get two forms when applying for utility assistance one from the federal government and one from tribal government. Lets say you buy a piece of land and put a manufacture home on it. Knowing you need water and a septic tank you go to a tribal office and fill out all the forms. You would think they would be able to install such necessities in a timely manner.We waited six months for ours and my girlfriend has IBS and is disabled. Using a portable toilet wasn't easy.
  • by larry Location: oklahoma city on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    ITHINK THAT IT IS WRONG FOR ANOATUBBY TO GET THIS MUCH OF A RAISE MOST PEOPLE IN HIS POSITION DONT MIND STEALING FROM THIER PEOPLE ON MATTER WHAT THE RACE BECAUSE THEY DO WITH IN THE LAWS THEY WRITE IF HE DESEVRS ARAISE AT ALL LET IT BE THE 50 CENTS HE WOULD GIVE TO HIS EMPLOYEES FOR JOB WELLDONE THE NATION SEEMS TO HAVE NO MONEY FOR EMPLOYEES OR ANY THING ELSE IT IS ALL ABOUT THEMSELF THEY ARE SELFISH AND SELF CENTER THEY PUT ON GOOD FRONT IN THE PUBLIC EYE I BUT BEHIND CLOSDED DOOS THEY LAUGH AT US I
  • by thatswhyImCreek! Location: Oklahoma Region on Oct 15, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    This is totally wrong to do to our people - taking from! I think it's a disgrace! The people need to wake up and realize this is a typical government trying to take advantage of it's citizens - just like the white government!
  • by Grace Location: Sulphur on Sep 28, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    Give the people of the Casinos who are making all the mondy a raise. We only make $6 an hour.
  • by A Chickasaw Location: Out of AREA on Sep 26, 2007 at 07:19 AM
    You have got to be kidding us.What in the world is happening to our nation?We are not in the dark ages.Come on GOVERNOR-LEGISLATORS GIVE TO THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY DESERVE.The workers-laborers-CITIZENS-ELDERS.After all WE ARE THE BOSS.YOU SHOULD BE ANSWERING TO US AS WE ARE THE BODY.YOU MAY DO A LITTLE BIT HERE ,A LITTLE BIT THERE BUT THAT DOES NOT make it right for everyone.LINDA BRIGGS WON'T ANSWER HER PHONE.SHE MAY HAVE HELPED SOME BUT NOT ALL.
  • by Cecil Location: Indian City,USA on Sep 25, 2007 at 08:42 PM
    It's a shame and disgrace that in 2007 people still live in proverty.It is true the gov. has done good works thru the years,but if you live outside the area you do not recieve the help like the ones that are inside the area.Why do we as a Chickasaw Nation have to air this dirty laundry?Please tribal Legislators stop this now!! Please take from the greedy and give to the needy.All of us outside the area gets nothing.Linda Briggs has done nothing for Pickens Dist.Time to move on lady and same to the other 9 other legislators that ARE LAP DOGS .NO RAISE NO RAISE NO RAISE for the GOV.
  • by Pinky Location: 17 miles out of area on Sep 25, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    Dear cousin you make tooo much money you're relitives are packing their bags Please have rooms for us waiting.WE shall moving in with you as soon as possible.The Indian way is we take care of each other,I will honored to live in your home.All kidding aside this is a serious matter,Everone deserves a raise,but not that much,I make 4999.a year,your senior citizens warrent more help in living expenses and WE NEED PER CAP payment.My legislaturer-lINDA briggs won't even answer her phone,I THINK THE ONLY BROWN SHE HAS IS ON HER NOSE!We need NIPI and clothes and shoes for our horse.Helppppppppppppppppppp! Your PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING> I HAVE SPOKEN!!!!
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Sep 25, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    Someone needs to call the BIA office in Washington DC and report the misuse of taxpayer dollars by the Chickasaw Legislature and Gov. Anoatubby! Or better yet, call one of the US Senators in Oklahoma or Texas, which it's the US Senate that oversees the business affairs of the Indian Tribes all over the US. But I predict, once the US Government sees this increase in Anoatubby's pay, all the tribes will have their budgets cut next year! It's stupidness like this that hurts everyone else! I also had a friend tell me that the Choctaw Chief makes around $300,000 even though their tribe wont confirm it, which they dont like to release those kinds of information to the public anyway! And these tribes do try to run their governments like mini-corporations, why do you think the Chickasaws call their businesses "Chickasaw Enterprises."
  • by georgiana Location: durant on Sep 24, 2007 at 02:57 PM
    i think that increase is ABSOLUTLEY ridiculous!!!! it's called serving your people not taking their money. i have an idea, help low income tribal members that can not afford clothing or basic nessities for themselves and their children!! GIVE BACK TO YOUR PEOPLE!!!!!
  • by Renegade Location: OKC on Sep 24, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    One voice is not effective. We need to band together to vote. Those with scully pull power strings to keep many voters in line. Only hope is to get on line to vote and communicate with legislator who represents you. Don't take any bull! They need our numbers so let's use them to take back OUR tribe and return it to it's honor. Gutsy to do this right after they've run on representing ALL the Chickasaws. Linda Briggs is branded as what she is - traitor to the people. Along with the other 10 who voted as usual, not FOR THE PEOPLE but for whatever the Governor wanted. Notice none of them would bring this for a vote? An outsider - CNI man - what is his salary? We'll never know because they do not account for CNI money spent, even though it is CHICKASAW money they are investing all over the world! Get involved! Demand accountability! Don't let up, they expect this to die down and be forgotten. Call your relatives and keep informed!
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