BINGER, Okla. – Members of the Caddo Nation are fighting among themselves at the headquarters near Binger.
Now, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating a late night break-in at the tribal headquarters.
There is a lot of finger-pointing going on Tuesday about who is to blame for the break-in.
Windows were shattered and files are missing.
Delita Butler, treasurer for the Caddo Nation, said, “We don’t know right now what is gone.”
She and other members are picking up the pieces after they say armed men entered the facility sometime Monday.
Security guards were locked in a room while the headquarters were ransacked.
Another member said, “There were five guys who came in wearing black ski masks and shotguns.”
The people who work at the Caddo Nation headquarters blame Brenda Edwards.
Technically, she’s recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as Chairman of the Caddo Nation.
However, the members say she was recalled months ago.
Edwards says she hired her own security and sent them into the building.
She said, “We were called because there was a break in at the complex.”
She added, “The building was left unsecured and so my security took post and secured the building.”
Edwards says the security she hired was not armed with anything other than a taser.
She says the members who were at the headquarters when her security arrived made the mess.
Butler disputes that.
She said, “That is the furthest we got is that front room up there.”
Computer servers, tags and other files are now missing.
Edwards says she has some of the files but denies stealing them.
She says the records were taken and secured due to the break-in at the facility.
While it is hard to know which side is telling the truth, there is one thing they do agree on, this situation has gotten out of hand.
Edwards said, “This has escalated far beyond a tribal dispute. This is, someone could
have got shot, someone could have got killed. It was very, very dangerous.”
We are told the Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating and that there is surveillance video showing who is telling the truth.
However, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has not returned our calls.