Well, I’m back from a week of vacation (if you can call walking up around 5:00 a.m. and going to bed around 10:00 p.m. every day to go out hunting). Of course, though, I loved it and wasn’t looking forward to coming home knowing that my Tribe’s elections were underway and that the process was becoming very negative. Of course during my week absence from the hour and the lack of access to any internet service made for some interesting news when I got back in the area. It seems that a lot of people have been busy using social media as a tool to spread lies and propaganda and even to the point that a person was upset because they assumed that a statement I made in an earlier blog was about them (even though it wasn’t so I had to address that issue).
It seems that our Tribe’s elections have gone down the course that I was afraid that they were going. It seems that negative campaigning by some individuals as become their one and only goals. Instead of trying to find a positive message to put out to our people, they instead want to try to hurt and inflict damage on people using mudslinging as their preferred tactic. Of course some many remember in an early blog entry I pondered on what I would do if this tactic was used by some people and what should be the best way to respond.
After spending a week in the beautiful outdoors with my family and being able to reflect in a way that can only be done when you are away from everything and coupled with pride and joy I had this week as I wished my nephew goodbye as he heads off to college in the Midwest, I came to a realization for this upcoming election.
I have no desire nor inclination to start any negative campaigning myself because I don’t think that its right for people to try to tear other people down from their own personal or professional ambitions. I’ve decided that I would rather run on my record from the past four years and the accomplishments that I have done as well as my goal for the future. Every decision I have made has been done on the philosophy of improving the lives of all tribal members, not just a select few. I may not have won on every issue that was before myself while on the Council but that is part of politics. There have also been some decisions that I have made that I didn’t agree with but I am also bound to uphold the Constitution, the laws, and the policies of the Tribe even if I didn’t agree with them. This is what people who are elected should do and that is put aside their personal biases and be able to look at the needs of the entire community and follow the laws that govern them.
I will, though, respond to the false accusations and propaganda that is being put on in print and social media using my website at jonpishion.com but this doesn’t mean that I have to attack my opponent or anyone else because I have chosen not to be that type of a person. So regardless of whether I win or loss this election I know that I can hold my head high knowing that I have chosen to run a positive campaign focusing on accomplishment and a vision for the future of my Tribe rather than trying to tear other people down. There is a quote from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf that I am holding close to me for this election season…”set aside the bottle of bitterness and lift instead the goblet of gratitude”.
Well just a quick note that I won’t be posting any new blog entries for about 9-10 days. It’s that time of year again to go deer hunting and I’ll have limited access to any internet or social media. It’s always fun and tiring but I need it especially after the crazy week I just went through with our election process.
So maybe going off the grid won’t be so bad. No calls, emails, texts, or anything for a week up in mountains outside of Eureka. Can’t wait to leave tomorrow but first comes the fun task of packing and loading everything up.
See ya all in a week or so.
Alright this is my first blog entry that is not a requirement from the EMBA class so I hope you enjoy it. Today we had to finalize the ballot for our upcoming election in October which involves our Election Committee presenting the candidates who submitted by the deadline and had all of the required information as required under our Tribal Laws.
Our nomination process closed yesterday on Tuesday and our laws and the flyers put out by the Committee clearly indicated that all required documents and candidacy forms had to be received by the Committee by 12:00 p.m. noon. Well one person who was trying to file did not have all her documentation complete and had not handed it in to the committee by the deadline. Once the deadline passed the Committee told her that they could not accept it (as she was in the office still trying to get documents together and put her packet together.
Well, lo and behold at our Council meeting tonight to finalize the ballot, her supporters came to the Council and tried to demand that we put her on the ballot anyway. This situation turned into a circus with them yelling and making some pretty disgusting comments. At one point a former Council Member actually had the gall to make a statement that when she was on Council that had approved putting some people on the ballot even though they knew is violated Tribal Laws and the Constitution, but because the people demanded it they did it.
I about fell off my seat when she made this comment on the record because we all took oaths when we were sworn into office that we would defend and uphold the constitution and laws of the Tribe, but her she was stating that we, the Council, should break these laws because the public (she and five other people) were demanding it.
I understand that when it comes to politics that people’s positions change based on who is running for office or what political side/position they are on or supporting, but come on, to actually go on the record and advocate for knowingly breaking the laws of our Tribe (or any other jurisdiction) seems to a go to a level of hypocrisy that actually surprised me.
Okay if I understand this then it’s alright to break our laws because you demand it, not because the laws wrong or unconstitutional, but because you didn’t like the result that the law produced. Well, then, advocate for changing law – don’t try to advocate breaking the law. We are supposed to be a nation built of the rule of law but when people hear the current and/or former leaders advocating breaking the laws we are only further pushing our people to have no respect for their government. And honestly how can we expect anyone to obey the laws when we have former leaders advocating that we should break them.
I am writing this blog because technically this represents the end of my required writings under one of my classes in the UNR MBA program. I know I mentioned that I would be following up my previous blog entry dealing with questions I have heard about what an Indian Tribe is but because this is my last required assignment for blog writing I wanted to take a moment and reflect on that.
It has been about two months since I started writing my blog on being a tribal leader and the topics that I have written on have varied from tribal leadership, to my upcoming re-election campaign that is now underway (which I have official decided to run for Treasurer again), to personal insights and addressing some tribal issues and matters. I’ll admit I wasn’t too thrilled about this aspect of the class and having to write on a regular basis (after all I had done 15 years as a grant writer living under ongoing deadlines).
What I discovered though was that it has been a pleasant experience for me. Writing this blog not only allows me to address topics related to my job, as well as being a tribal leader (and vent some frustrations as well), but to also write about aspects of my life that I normally don’t divulge out to people, including my thoughts on my future direction in my life should I not win re-election.
Will I miss having ongoing deadlines to keep my writing on this blog? Yes, because on one hand these deadlines forced me to take the time to think about issues in my professional and personal life and then have to write out 2-3 entries per week; and No other the other because sometimes I would hit a writer’s block and sometimes trying to find a subject could result in a blog that seemed forced to me.
So what does this mean for the future of my blog now that I am finishing up my classes and getting ready to graduate? Well, I’ve been thinking about that and whether I want to keep up this blog. My answer is that I intend to keep blogging though I may take a little bit more liberties in what I write since it will no longer be graded so that may mean that some topics may be more interesting or more boring (depending on your views).
I’m learned that this blog can represent a good method for keeping my name and exposure in the world of social media and I believe that this is a worthwhile goal so I believe that this blog may continue. There may be some changes such as in the title of my blog site (especially if don’t win re-election) and I may only write twice a week (instead of the three posts I’m doing now). But I think that change may be a good thing so I’m looking forward to keeping this new aspect of life going.
So now I would like to thank all of my classmates and instructors in my MBA program I am currently in because it has been an interesting two years of life and I would like to thank everyone in my cohort and at UNR working in the EMBA program for making it enjoyable (even when topics were tough or time constraints drove me up the wall but I’ll admit I’ve looking forward to getting parts of my social life back again). As I finish the program and get my degree which may lead to possible new directions in my life with this MBA degree, I believe that what I have learned and started in the various classes, as well as the contacts I have made, will serve me well in the future. Let me end by saying that while this blog may feel like an ending, it’s not, so expect to have new stuff on here hopefully on a regular basis.