A proposal to reshape the Cherokee One Feather’s editorial board was presented to the Tribal Council but was swiftly withdrawn by One Feather Editor Robert Jumper due to disagreements. The intent was to replace appointees from the chief, vice chief, and Tribal Council with four community members for increased community involvement in decision-making.
The Editor cited concerns about injecting politics into the board, emphasizing the need to avoid any perception of political influence. Feedback from Council members leaned towards the proposal’s substance, but reservations arose regarding the absence of a process for the Community Club Council’s appointments.
While seeking to include community representation, disagreements emerged on the number of community appointees and the potential challenges in managing a larger board. Eventually, the Editorial Board chose to withdraw the ordinance to avoid contentious amendments, intending to rework it for gradual implementation while satisfying Council objectives.