Muscogee Electorate Consider Press Freedom Amendment to Tribe Constitution | Government-and-politics
“If they have the option of revoking it based on coverage that doesn’t suit them, there is always the possibility that that repeal will happen again.”
Landsberry-Baker was also on the Editorial Board when it disbanded in 2018. In addition to serving as a firewall between the Tribal Government and the Newsroom regarding content matters, the Editorial Board is responsible for overseeing operations. from Mvskoke Media, including reviewing newsroom budget requests. before they are sent for final approval.
Changing the constitution would not change those obligations, she said.
“It wouldn’t mean that Mvskoke Media will have an unlimited budget,” Landsberry-Baker said. “They would still be an independent agency that has to get its budget approved.
“There are many other examples within the tribe of independent agencies that also have the same structures in place and are doing so successfully, including our electoral board and the Muscogee Nation College.”
If approved, the Muscogee Nation would be the first tribe to explicitly include press protection in its constitution. A handful of other tribes nationwide have independent press statutes in effect, including the Osage and Cherokee Nations.
To be adopted, the proposed amendment must receive at least two-thirds of the votes cast. If the amendment fails, the current independent tribal press law would remain in effect.