To the Quapaw Nation Tribal members:
My Name is Sean Crawfish Mathews, and I am running for Quapaw Nation Business Committee member.
My Father is JR Mathews who was formerly the chairman and vice chairman of the Quapaw tribe. My Grandmother is Florence “Flossie” Mathews also a former business committee member. My Great Grandmother was Peral Crawfish Dukes, who served on the first Business Committee for the Quapaw Tribe. My Great-Great Grandfather was Harry Crawfish an original Quapaw allotee.
I currently work with my family running a dispensary in Miami Ok where I do all the product ordering and purchasing. I have previously worked in the casino industry for almost 17 years. I worked at both Quapaw Casino and Downstream, doing everything between dealing cards, Manager on Duty, to Table Games Manager. I also worked at the Seneca Cayuga tribal property, several of the Chickasaw properties between Goldsby, New Castle and Winstar. I spent time working for the Mescalero Apache property Inn of the Mountain Gods. My last gaming job was working for Rocket Gaming as the sales rep for Oklahoma and Kansas.
Working for and being around other tribes, I have seen things that I have liked and disliked on what the tribes have done. One of the biggest ones is education of the younger generation. My Grandmother and Mother were/are educators. I would like to see the tribe put more resources into education whether it be for college or for a technical school. I believe helping educate the youth will strengthen the tribe in the future. Second would be to do what other tribes have done and that is to start or buy a bank. So, when we can get out or the bonds the casinos are currently in and go to traditional bank financing, we could buy some of own debt and pay the interest back to our selves instead of other entities. Third would be to look at other opportunities to put our land to work for us. An easy one would be putting a 24hr dinner where the Quapaw Casino sign is just off the turnpike exit in Miami. These are just a few ideas.
I believe the Quapaw Nation Business Committee’s job is to do what is best for the tribe and not the individual. I am asking for your vote, but I hope that whoever you decide to vote for in the upcoming election is doing it for the betterment of the tribe.
Sean Crawfish Mathews