A Place Called Poarch
Welcome to our podcast A Place Called Poarch. We invite you to kick back, relax, and enjoy the friendship, history, and stories of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Episode 1 – It Takes A Village: Interview with Keith Martin
Keith Martin was raised in the heart of Poarch, AL on Indian School Road. He attributes his love of the community to his grandmother, Elsie Holland and other family members in this close knit community. A graduate of Escambia County High School, he worked for local General Motors (GM) dealerships where he continued his education to earn various certifications from GM in Automotive Technology. He was a service manager for the local dealership until August 2007, when he became a full time Tribal Council Member.
Episode 2 – We Can Do More: Interview with Dewitt Carter
Dewitt Carter was first elected to the Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Council in 2016. He grew up in the Poarch Community. His family and community instilled in him a strong belief and value system. He was taught to work hard, always be honest, and to help one another. Dewitt brings those same values to his service on the Tribal Council. After graduating from Escambia County High School in Atmore, AL, Dewitt enlisted in the U.S. Airforce where he served for five years. He also attended college in Colorado Springs, CO, before moving back home to Alabama.
Episode 3 – We’re A Tribe. We’re A Family: Interview with Arthur Mothershed
Arthur Mothershed is the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for Wind Creek Hospitality. In this position, Mothershed is responsible for identifying acquisition targets and capital projects that are aligned with Wind Creek Hospitality’s vision for strategic growth. He is also responsible for directing lobbying efforts in various jurisdictions. Arthur Mothershed holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree from Faulkner University.
Episode 4 – Regaining Our True Identity: Interview with Robert McGhee
As an enrolled member of the Poarch Creek Indians, Robert McGhee has been involved in and an advocate for Native American issues at all levels of government. Mr. McGhee is currently serving as the Tribal Council Vice Chairman. In this capacity Mr. McGhee is honored to represent his people “government-to-government” at the Local, State, and Federal levels regarding issues of Education, Health Care, Economic Development and Sovereign Immunity.
Episode 5 – I Will Never Stop Learning: Interview with Candace Fayard
Candace Fayard is honored to serve as an At Large Tribal Council Member for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. For more than 25 years, Candace has served her Tribe in various capacities by serving on Tribal committees, working for Tribal Government, and helping Tribal Members in need. Ms. Fayard earned a Master’s degree in Management and continues Master’s level studies in Indigenous Peoples Law. The quality of life for all Tribal Members is very important to her, and one of her main goals is to make sure that quality of life continues to improve.
Episode 6 – We Took Care Of Each Other: Interview with Charlotte Meckel
Ms. Charlotte “McGhee” Meckel is currently serving her second term as Tribal Council Secretary. In her role as Tribal Council Secretary, Ms. Meckel serves as the Chair of the Records Committee and is part of the Executive Committee. As a member of the Tribal Council, she advocated for extending benefits for First Generation to the age of 26 in order to receive services at the Health Clinic. She is very passionate about giving assistance to surviving non-tribal member spouses and opening the roll to Tribal Members that can prove they meet the blood quantum and can be tied back to the three censuses listed in the Constitution.
Episode 7 – God Has Always Brought Me Through: Interview with Sandy Hollinger
Sandy Fretwell Hollinger was elected to the Tribal Council on June 4, 2011. Mrs. Hollinger has been employed by the Tribe for several years, prior to this position. She was employed as the Community Services Specialist in the Family Services Department (FSD). There she assisted families in crisis situations; helped tribal members who were working or attending school obtain childcare assistance, and planned departmental activities for our tribal children. Sandy saw the needs of Tribal Members and realized that many were struggling and unable to obtain help with their needs. Ultimately, through her work in the FSD and the love for her people, she followed her heart to serve her fellow Tribal Members. Her desire to be a positive voice for the Tribe inspired her decision to run for Tribal Council.
Episode 8 – I Had The Heart And Passion To Succeed: Interview with Stephanie Bryan
In 2014, Stephanie Bryan became the first female political leader elected to the position of Tribal Chair and CEO for the Poarch Creek Indians. In this position, not only is she involved with the legislative aspect of the Tribe, but she also oversees all Tribal operations including Tribal Government, Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA), and PCI Gaming Authority (PCIGA). A life-long member of the Poarch community, Stephanie has been an active and effective advocate for her Tribe on both a local and national level. Even before her time on Tribal Council, Chairwoman Bryan was a known leader in the community.
Episode 9 – Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Paper: Interview with Terry Sweat
Terry Sweat is the Chief of Staff for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Government. He works closely with our Tribal Council and other executive team members. Terry is really passionate about the work he does for the Tribe, and he truly cares about his employees, Tribal Members, and our community.
Episode 10 – Being There For People When Things Are Tough: Interview with Lori Stinson
Lori Stinson is the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Attorney General and Chief Legal Officer. She is not only an incredible advocate for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, she’s an all around wonderful person.
Episode 11 – Entrepreneurial Arm Of The Tribe: Interview with Chad Klinck
Chad Klinck is the CFO for the Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA). Chad has been the CFO for 7 years, has an extensive background in public accounting, and was even an Ironman!
Episode 12 – Success Is Not A Single Word: Interview with Brent Pinkston
Brent Pinkston is the COO for Wind Creek Hospitality. Brent was born in Chicago, IL but over the years he made his way to Poarch which he now calls home. During our interview, Brent tells us how he made his way from working in cornfields to becoming the Chief Operating Officer for Wind Creek Hospitality.
Episode 13 – We’re Gonna Get There: Interview with Cody Williamson
Cody Williamson is the CEO for Creek Indian Enterprises development authority. Cody is an attorney by trade and has a background in finance. He shared with us the importance of delegation, and just how much employees with positive attitudes can affect everyone around them.