A recall campaign has been started against Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Vice Chairman Keith Moses. CRIT Member Fred Nelson took out the petitions Jan. 23. He has until 5 p.m. March 23 to gather 330 signatures.
Nelson included this statement under the grounds for the recall:
“Vice Chairman Keith Moses violated his oath of office by not faithfully promoting and protecting the best interest of CRIT. First, on Dec. 27, 2019, Keith Moses was cited for his second DUI. On Jan. 11, 2020 at the Tribal Council Meeting, he admitted to the DUI to the people. He admitted submitting a resignation and withdrawing from office. On Jan. 7, 2020, a Tribal Council quorum failed to adhere to their oath of office by not accepting and not declaring the seat vacant according to Constitution Article IX, Section 1, Vacancies. Second: Vice Chairman Moses used misappropriated tribal funds to shelter his brother at the Kofa Inn Motel and an apartment in excess of $2,500. Using misappropriated Tribal funds to house his brother at the Tribes’ expense is unacceptable. His brother was fired from his job at the CRIT Theatres for immoral conduct. These actions may falsely construe that his brother’s behavior was acceptable by may bring harm to the people. Due to lack of action and protection by our leadership, the People move to Recall.”
Moses offered this response to the statement from Nelson:
“I did have a legal interaction in December and am currently going through the legal process. I made a mistake. I apologize for that mistake. Some years. The holidays are harder than others. This in no way condones my wrong decision. I continue to seek help regarding my issues. Just as I ask everyone else to do, I followed the process and did not seek preferential treatment. I have worked hard over the last five years to make CRIT a better place than it was before me. I have strived to treat everyone fairly over those years. I believe in a person’s rights. I believe in confidentiality. I believe that EVERYONE should be heard. I have helped a lot of Tribal Members over the past few years, as have all of Tribal Council. I help those who have no one else to turn to, that includes family. There are several checks and balances along the process; no one can decide on their own. I have faith that everyone will make an informed decision based on any knowledge of my work ethic and character. I will continue to work for everyone, including Mr. Nelson. Thank you.”
Moses was originally elected Vice Chairman in December 2014. He was re-elected in 2018. He and the entire Tribal Council were the subject of a recall campaign in 2018. He survived the recall election April 28 of that year, but CRIT Chairman Dennis Patch was recalled by a margin of just two votes. Moses served as Acting Chairman until Patch was returned to office in a special election in July 2018.
Nelson asked the people who want more information about the recall call him at 928-575-6597.