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The Cherokee Observer obtained a copy of this August 1995
letter from then Cherokee Nation Controller DeWayne Couch trying to justify
the severance pay the Mankiller administration gave to employees who resigned
when Joe Byrd became Chief to the BIA.
P.O. Box 948
August 28, 1995
Mr. William Sinclair, Director
Office of Self-Governance
Department of Interior
1849 C Street Northwest
Washiington, D.C. 20240
Dear Mr. sinclair:
This is in response to your letter of August 22, 1995. The
following information is in response to item 3) of your letter.
3), a) There is some precedent for the payment of severance
when such severance was on amicable terms with the
administration. The following individuals have been
past participants in some form of severance
Mark Downing - 146 hours pay.
Bill Steeler - 5 percent of gross pay on assignment1
Dora Mae Watie - 577 hours pay.
Bill Murphy - 520 hours pay.
Jim Wilson - 520 hours pay.
b) The method of calculation on the severance plan was as
FIVE individuals were calculated at 18 weeks of pay at
the standard weekly rate plus medical insurance. One
of these actually received nothing for medical
ONE individual was calculated at 9 weeks of pay at the
standard weekly rate with no medical insurance.
The plan was originally described as 18 weeks of pay
with medical insurance.
c) Department Heads and Department Directors were
theoretical participants. There are over fifty
individuals in this classification. Nothing was
provided in writing to potential participants. Six
elected to participate.
d) Three individuals who received 18 weeks of pay were
employees in the Indirect Cost Pool. Two others
receiving 18 weeks of pay were on programmatic
assignments. One receiving 9 weeks of pay was on a
e) Time in service, salary level and program upon
termination of employment.
Hire Date Name
1/8/79 G. Grayson
$53,000 * Community Dev.
9/6/83 L. Howard
41,800 * Communications
8/20/85 L. Fleming
51,325 * Registration
8/8/88 A. Harder
49,478 * Human Resources
1/9/89 P. Iron
56,488 * Health
2/2/93 R. Clemmons
32,594** Bus.& Econ. Dev.
* Severance Pay of 18 weeks.
** Severance Pay of 9 weeks.
f) Handling of severance pay will be in accordance with
provisions of 0MB Circular A-87.
g) The incoming administration is reviewing the plan at
the present time. They were not provided information
on the plan prior to inauguration.
Please advise if
you need further information.
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