On September 30th, 2014 Cherokee Nation member Twila Barns spoke out against Principal Chief Bill John Baker's participation in Senator Inhofe's pigeon shoot fundraiser held on on September 5, 2014. Thousands of birds were shot as sport and entertainment during this event.
SHARK president Steve Hindi will present new evidence at the press briefing on September 30, 2014 and announce that SHARK has filed a complaint with the United States Justice Department regarding multiple potential violations of state and federal law. These include that a political fundraiser may have been held on federal property, that the pigeons were illegally transported across state lines and that state employees were used to work at a private electioneering fundraiser for a sitting US Senator.
"The video I saw yesterday of Sen. Inhofe's fundraiser where they kill hundreds pigeons for fun was nauseating. It has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment, which I support, and it certainly has nothing to do with hunting, which I also support. In fact, every hunter I know expressed outrage and disgust at this event.
What is also despicable is how the campaign lied on video about feeding dead pigeon to the homeless !!
Cherokee Nation citizen, Michael E. Moore, has submitted a letter to Cherokee Nation Attorney General, Todd Hembree, demanding an investigation into Principal Chief Baker's recent participation in a Pigeon Shoot fundraiser for US Senator from Oklahoma. James Inhofe.
Moore states Baker's participation occurred during Cherokee Nation work hours, while Baker was wearing a Cherokee Nation shirt and driving a Cherokee Nation vehicle. Moore also states that he believes Baker has violated Cherokee Nation code, Title 21, Section 1685, our "injury to animals" law.
Moore asked that Hembree recuse himself and appoint an impartial prosecutor or grand jury to hear the evidence and determine if charges should be filed against Chief Baker.
Moore is licensed to practice law in the Cherokee Nation and is well versed in Cherokee Nation law.
You can read his full letter submitted to Cherokee Nation AG, Todd Hembree, below. [You can also read it as a PDF here.]
Many of you have already heard about US Senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe's "Pigeon Shoot" fundraiser. What you might not have heard is that Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, participated in it and that the Cherokee Nation was listed as a Gold Level sponsor of it.
Here is a video of the event. I think it is important everyone see exactly what a "pigeon shoot" is.