by Staff Writer
On October 17, 2011, Principal Chief A.D. Ellis sentout an executive memo to “Managers, Directors and Employees” stating that Marcy Moore would no longer be acting as Attorney General effective October 17, 2011. The memo thanks Moore for her work while serving in the top law enforcement officials position and commended her dedication. Moore has since resumed her position as the Director of the Office Child Support Enforcement.
The memo goes on to state that inquiries should be directed to “First Assistance Attorney General Brett Gray” until further notice is given. Although it is only presumed that the Ellis memo meant to state “First Assistant Attorney General” instead of “First Assistance Attorney General”, typos have been a common occurrence in important official documents during Ellis reign as Principal Chief.
Moore’s controversial stint as acting Attorney General began earlier this year when she was “commissioned” as acting Attorney General of the Muscogee Nation by Chief Ellis after her nomination for the AG’s position had been rejected by the National Council. Following Moore’s rejection by the National Council, Principal Chief Ellis failed to nominate another candidate for the AG’s position and the National Council passed new legislation by veto override that allowed the Legislative Branch to nominate a candidate in the event that the Chief failed to do so. The National Council subsequently nominated and confirmed Susan Arkeketa as new the Attorney General. Arkeketa was later prevented from beginning her term as Attorney General by the Light Horse Police when the police were directed to escort her off the complex property.
The National Council never officially recognised Marcy Moore as the acting Attorney General. And the events surrounding Marcy Moore’s rise to the top law enforcement position were viewed as just another symptom of the Muscogee Nation’s failing political system which many attribute to an absence of a “political will” in the National Council to use it’s impeachment powers. Critics of the Ellis administration also saw these events as the strengthening of a “dictatorial framework” in which Ellis has expended a considerable amount of time and resources setting up.
During A.D. Ellis two terms as Principal Chief, at least three people have officially been recognized as Attorney General including Montie Deere, Roger Wiley, and Susan Arkeketa.