On March 12, 2014 tribal council speaker Joe Byrd’s brother, Alpehus Byrd, signed out a FSA vehicle from the Cherokee Nation to drive two Cherokee Nation elders to doctors’ appointments in Tulsa.
At some point during this noble work, Byrd decided to guzzle down not just one but two large bottles of liquor. This little escapade happened not only on Cherokee Nation time and in a federal vehicle, but he abandoned the two elders to fend for themselves in the city with no way to get back to Sequoyah County.
In a staggering show of nepotism, Byrd not only held on to his job but the Cherokee Phoenix did not get around to reporting it until June 2014. The Phoenix stated that the “employee” who forgot people quit in April.
The open secret is the Byrd may have stopped “working” but never quit the payroll.
When Alpheus Byrd passed away in December 2016, his obituary listed him as a customer service representative for Cherokee Nation Management Resources.
It certainly pays to be the brother of disgraced Chief Joe Byrd. A man whose administration left us financially bankrupt and recovering from illegal wiretaps and snipers on the roof during Cherokee National Holiday.
One more things-Mr. Byrd managed to get two expensive knew replacements on the Cherokee Nation’s dime, bumping more serious cases and turning others away due to lack of funding
One more thing-Mr. Byrd managed to get two expensive knew replacements on the Cherokee Nation’s dime, bumping more serious cases and turning others away due to lack of funding