The People's Warrior - Paperback

Authors: Gary W. Babb

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ISBN-10: 1771152028
ISBN-13: 9781771152020
Genre: Biography
Format: Paperback
Length: 400 Pages
Published: January 2015

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A. D. Ellis, Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and Gary W. Babb have collaborated on “The Peoples’ Warrior”, documenting his twenty years of elected public service as a National Council Representative, Second Chief, and Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The book is part biographical, part memoirs, and documentation of internal confrontations focusing primarily on his controversial two terms (8 years) as Principal Chief. 

With the influence of increasing, massive tribal wealth generated from gaming revenues from nine casinos, came greed and corruption. Through Chief’s Herculean efforts to control and clean up corruption within a large, sovereign Indian nation, his terms as Principal Chief were plagued with never ending conflict and litigation in Tribal Court and Supreme Court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, challenging his authority to govern. Chief Ellis prevailed in all of these hard fought battles, but unfortunately, the details of the behind the scene activities and battles were never revealed until now. "The Peoples’ Warrior", which documents many of these battles Chief fought on behalf of the Creek people, finally reveals these details. This documentation is presented through Chief’s memoirs, Muskogee Nation News articles, Executive Orders, and summarized, lengthy court testimony, and rulings from the many court challenges. 



Forward by Judge Patrick Moore
(Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court Judge for 26 years)


Patrick Edward Moore

I first became acquainted with A. D. Ellis when he was elected to a term as National Council member, Okmulgee District, Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
My father Thomas Ephraim Moore, while employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs during the 1930's, transported A. D. Ellis’s mother to the Indian Hospital for A.D. Ellis’s birth.
I have personally observed his actions as an elected officer for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation since his first election and observed him as he dealt with the trials and tribulations of elected office in the government of a federally recognized Indian Tribe.
He became involved in Tribal politics without the benefit of prior elected service and found out immediately there does not exist any other body politic quite like an Indian tribe.
Unique to Indian Tribes in the United States, there are outside influences of great political import, there are specific and special laws that apply only to Indian Tribes enacted by the United States Congress, in addition The United States Constitution contains specific language that concerns only Indian Tribes, plus The United States Supreme Court has issued hundreds of opinions that apply to Indian Tribes and then to further complicate matters there is a Code of Federal Regulations Number 25 in which the federal bureaucracy promulgated over 900 fine print pages dictating how tribal relations must be accomplished.
Unique to Oklahoma’s Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the other Oklahoma federally recognized Five Civilized Tribes is federal law placing Oklahoma State Courts in control of Restricted Indian land transactions, Oil and Gas Leases, Will approvals, certain guardian and probate matters.
Now with the advent of Indian Gaming in Oklahoma, tobacco sales by Indian Tribes and extensive business activity, Indian Tribes must pay careful attention to some Oklahoma state laws, regulations, and in some cases Oklahoma town and municipal ordinances.
This Memoir by A.D. Ellis is of extreme importance since these writings provide the reader with an extremely valuable personal insight into the actual happenings experienced by and to a person in a position of leadership with a federally recognized Indian Tribe.
This book is the recollection of events A.D. Ellis personally participated in during his twenty years of public service to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

-Patrick E. Moore
Okmulgee, Muscogee (Creek) Nation

About the Author

Gary W. Babb

Gary W. Babb is originally from Oklahoma, but work has taken him to South Florida, to South Texas, and finally to Southern California where he spent the last 25 years. He served in the Navy and traveled the world. His education includes, Amarillo College, DeVry Institute of Technology, National Cable Television Institute and Western Oklahoma State College.

As a business executive, his previous writing experience has been directed toward letters, memos, proposals, and reports, however, he has always enjoyed the magic that can be spun with words to sell, convince, or inform those targeted. Earth is Ours was his first effort toward spinning a tale of entertainment. This first literary effort won him “Best Science Fiction/Fantasy 2005” from the prestigious San Diego Book Awards. The saga continued with the sequel, Target Earth, which made the three “Finalist” list in the same awards in 2006. The third of the Earth Series and finale of the series, Earth’s Dragons, was published in 2012. He has also began a new series with his latest book, Genesis Log, published in late 2013.

Mr. Babb is now semi-retired and has returned to Oklahoma, where he resides in Muskogee, Oklahoma (Green Country). Being an “Okie” again has been good for his writing, and his writing credits now include five published works, another non-fiction book currently pending publication and a young adult fantasy, Dark Angeles of Zeus, in the final stages of completion.

A.D. Ellis

A.D. Ellis was elected as the Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to a second four-year term on November 3, 2007.  He served as Second Chief from January 2000 to December 31, 2004. Prior to that, he served four consecutive two-year terms as a National Council Representative from the Okmulgee District.  

In August 2007, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission by Governor Brad Henry. Another special recognition he received was a personal invitation from President George W. Bush, to visit the White House, for a second time.

Chief Ellis was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Doolie Ellis and Nellie Bruner Ellis of Concharty, Twin Hills Community. He graduated from Twin Hills in 1953, attended Tulsa Business College, later enlisted in the United States Air Force and then the Oklahoma National Guard. He retired from the International Teamsters Union in 1989 with thirty-five (35) years of service.

He married the former Gail Billings of Morris, Oklahoma. He and his family reside at this lifelong home on his mother's original allotment on Bixby Road. He and Gail have five (5) daughters and five (5) sons residing throughout the United States.

The Principal Chief Ellis is of the Turtle Clan, his tribal town is Locvpoka, and his church is Concharty Indian Methodist Church.