Lawton bank freezes $6.5 million in Comanche Nation funds

A bank in Lawton has frozen more than $6.5 million in funds belonging to the Comanche Nation amid a leadership dispute.
by Andrew Knittle Published: June 5, 2012
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A bank has frozen $6.5 million in funds belonging to the Comanche Nation amid a leadership dispute, court records show.

Lawyers representing Texas-based International Bank of Commerce filed a complaint Friday in federal court, alleging that a series of recall hearings in April have left bank officials unsure as to who is authorized to use the accounts.

Johnny Wauqua, chairman of the Comanche Nation, called for recall meetings to unseat six members of the Comanche Business Committee and the tribe has since split into two factions.

According to court records, three of the ousted committee members held a tribal council meeting somewhere near the tribal complex May 19, passing a set of six resolutions. Some of the resolutions deemed Wauqua's actions illegal, further muddling the leadership issue.

Records show the group wasn't allowed to meet at the tribal complex near Lawton because Wauqua prevented it using police.


by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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