The power struggle within the leadership ranks of the Seneca Nation of Indian spiked again Sunday with the announcement that the ousting Saturday of Robert Odawi Porter as chief executive officer by a vote of the Tribal Council was declared void.
In a quick reversal of the vote to remove Porter and replace him with council member Michael L. "Spike" John, Seneca Nation Clerk Diane Kennedy Murth ruled Sunday that the vote to remove Porter as CEO was voided.
Porter also is president of the nation, having been elected about this time last year with 77 percent of the vote.
In a statement released Sunday night, Porter said his "opponents in government, unfortunately, reflect the "old direction' that I believe the Seneca Nation rejected last fall."
Porter said he is continuing to lead the Seneca Nation and noted that the council's decision reflects political discontent about his administration cracking down on the corrupt insider deals that marked previous Nation administrators.
The statement also said Kennedy Murth based her decision on the Seneca Nation Constitution of 1848 and its Ethics Law. Based on that finding, Porter directed all Seneca Nation government agencies and employees to ignore any orders from John, the purported new CEO.
Those supporting Porter say the clerk's ruling restores the nation to the way it was before Saturday's voided action.