Criminal Complaint issued on former C&A Gov. Flyingman

Darrell Flyingman, former governor of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, is the subject of a criminal complaint consisting of two counts.

Flyingman is charged with making verbal threats to a man seeking to serve civil papers from the C&A Tribal Court. 

In the complaint, Flyingman is accused of “attempting to cause imminent bodily harm with the apparent ability to do so while holding a weapon on his person.” 

Cheyenne & Arapaho Attorney General Charles Morris filed the complaint last week, CapitolBeatOK has learned. According to Morris’ complaint, “The incident took place at the defendant’s residence in Colony, Oklahoma, Washita County, Oklahoma, which is known to be Cheyenne and Arapaho trust land, therefore the Cheyenne and Arapaho courts have jurisdiction.”

The government of the C&A Tribes of Oklahoma is embroiled in a bitter dispute between the government of Gov. Janice Prairie-Boswell, elected in 2010, and the faction of her controversial predecessor, Flyingman.

In this fall’s elections for the Cheyenne & Arapaho, the Flyingman faction is trying to defeat Boswell, a reformer who has improved tribal services and relations with the state government of Oklahoma.  

The complaint contained two counts: Assault in the First Degree; and Aggravated Weapons Offense. Each count includes potential penalties up to a $5,000 fine and one year of imprisonment in the Tribal jail. The tribe is seeking jail time for the alleged offenses. Listed in the filing as the victim is James Reynolds, one of two witnesses on the court document. 

Note: The filing in the trial court of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes is Case No. CRM-2013-67, signed by Attorney General Charles Morris.