ANADARKO, OK — On Friday, September 24, 2021, tribal employees, friends and family attended a swearing-in ceremony to welcome elected Executive Committee members, President Deborah Dotson, Treasurer Barbara Nixon and Committee Person No. 1 Terry Williams. Each were voted into office on General Council day Saturday, June 19, 2021. The following were the results of the election:
- Deborah Dotson Live-66 Absentee-160 TOTAL= 226
- Barbara Nixon Live–64 Absentee-127 TOTAL= 191
- Terry Williams Live–36 Absentee-110 TOTAL= 146
The honorary ceremony began around 4:38 PM with Election Committee Chairwoman Brittani Francis starting off by welcoming the guests and introducing Committee Member Terry Williams to the guests. Mr. Williams swore to uphold his duties as Delaware Nation Committee member and received an honorary Pendleton blanket that was presented by the tribal princess Lori Kionute.
Next, Chairwoman Brittani Francis welcomed Treasurer Barbara Nixon to come in front of those in attendance. Barbara swore to uphold her duties as Treasurer of the Delaware Nation and received an honorary custom shawl presented by tribal princess Lori Kionute.
The Chairwoman then introduced President Deborah Dotson. Deborah, alongside her husband David, swore to uphold her duties as tribal President and received a honorary custom shawl presented by tribal princess Lori Kionute. The President gave a brief speech acknowledging the many milestones the Nation has encountered, thanking the hard working staff of Delaware Nation, her supporting family in attendance and her husband, who has been her rock.
The ceremony concluded around 4:50 PM on an emotional note with a roaring cheer of hands from those who came to witness. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception of fellowship and a delicious presentation of finger foods. Wanìshi to everyone who made this ceremony possible and to the continued support of the great citizens of Delaware Nation.
By Wesley Boone Public Relations 9/24/2021
Election Committee Secretary Leandra Eckiwaudah, Election Committee Member Sonnie Allen, Committee Member Reynolds French Sr, Treasurer Barbara Nixon, Election Committee Member Claudia Winham, President Deborah Dotson, Committee Member Terry Williams, Election Committee Chairwoman Brittani Francis & Election Committee Member Jessica Mailo
Committer Member No. 1 Terry Williams & Election Committee Chairwoman Brittani Francis
Treasurer Barbara Nixon & Election Committee Chairwoman Brittani Francis
President Deborah Dotson, alongside her husband John & Election Committee Chairwoman Brittani Francis