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Seneca Council vote to remove Porter as CEO declared unconstitutional

Seneca President Porter
Eileen Buckley
Seneca President Porter

An attempt to remove the President of the Seneca Nation from his position as CEO has been ruled unconstitutional. 

Seneca Clerk Diane Kennedy Murth cited the Nation's Constitution of 1848 and its Ethics law in voiding Michael John's attempt to become the Seneca's Chief Executive Officer.  Based on that finding, President Robert Odowi Porter directed all Seneca Nation government agencies and employers to ignore any of John's orders. 

On Saturday, the Seneca Council voted to appoint John as CEO.   Porter said the Council’s decision was in response to his administration's crack down on corrupt insider deals that marked previous Nation administrations.

The Seneca Clerk, who is responsible for certifying all of the Council's decision and actions, said the motion was a violation of  the law which states that "Nation officials [can not act] upon matters in which they or their family members have a personal interest."