OKLAHOMA CITY, March 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This week John Shotton, Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, filed a civil rights lawsuit against two Connecticut Department of Banking Regulators in US District Court, Western District of Oklahoma. This lawsuit against former State Banking Commissioner Howard Pitkin and Acting Commissioner Bruce Adams comes in response to attempts by the State of Connecticut's Department of Banking to impose a fine of $700,000 against Chairman Shotton without any due process or ability for him to defend himself. As the elected leader of a sovereign, federally-recognized Native American tribe, Chairman Shotton has not been given the protections afforded to him under the United States Constitution, U.S. Civil Code, and his own, basic civil rights.
Statement by Chairman John Shotton, Chairman of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Northern Oklahoma:
"The lawsuit I filed in federal court is my response to the unprecedented, unwarranted, unconstitutional and unjustified attacks by these Connecticut banking regulators. The State of Connecticut, without allowing me to respond to the allegations against me, and without any semblance of due process, has issued a final judgment against me for $700,000. This is an example of the most egregious form of racial discrimination and this action is a direct violation of the civil rights afforded me under the Constitution of the United States and US law. Every person should have the right to defend themselves, and answer to unfounded accusations against them. I will fight this attack on our rights as Native Americans and will continue to lead the people of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe as we seek to care for our people and our community."
Heather Payne, Public Information Officer
SOURCE Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians