Really there were maybe just a few high points, as the candidates agreed on almost everything. The thing they disagreed on the most was whether the policy of a 30% dividend from our businesses is right or, what the percentage should be if they got to pick the number.
|S. Joe Crittenden|
Soap went first, and said 30% was the right number and the Nation has had good results with it. Crittenden disagreed and thought we should double it to 60%. Vann agreed and Hathcoat got some laughs by saying that it should be at least 50%, because she’s a woman and thinks that the relationship ought to be fair.
All candidates agreed that there should be term limits. Crittenden had a rather cryptic remark, saying something like: “In my heart I’m not sure we’re under the 1999 Constitution to be honest.” It’s rare that someone runs for office while denying the existence of that same government’s Constitution, but there you have it. We’d love to find out more about this in the future.
The best responses came to the last question, which asked about the language programs of the Cherokee Nation. Soap had a good story about his son being able to read Cherokee to Soap’s father, a multi-generational language success story. Crittenden had a good line saying that language represents the fire that represents the center of our nation. Hathcoat finished up by saying that a lot of the Indian people she knows don’t know how to turn on a computer, and that technology was not the answer to continuing our language. We’re not sure how the Indian people who read this blog will feel about that comment, but we do congratulate you on being able to turn on the computer!
We heard the link to the archive of the debates will be up Monday on Cherokee Phoenix’s website. When it is, we’ll let you know.