Kiowa's Seeking To Oust Chairman
July 24, 2020
The Kiowa Tribe chairman is facing impeachment over his handling of COVID-19 relief funds by the tribe's seven member legislative branch.
The mishandling of the money, distributed by the federal government through the COVID-19 CARES Act, is one of five "constitutional violations" the tribe's chairman Matthew Komalty will be facing in a 10 a.m. public hearing on July 30 at the tribal headquarters in Carnegie, 80 miles west of Oklahoma City.
In addition to the COVID-19 CARES Act funding expenditures, Komalty is charged with wrongful termination of Kiowa gaming employees, failing to go through the proper process on the annual Tribal audit, failing to ensure that the Treasurer was properly bonded, salary increases given without approval, and the wrongful and unapproved appointment of an executive director, said Angela McCarthy, the speaker of the tribe's legislature.