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Sault Tribe leaders bar newspaper from special board meeting





Leaders of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan ordered a newspaper reporter to leave a board meeting on Wednesday.

The Soo Evening News showed up to the special meeting, whose agenda was published on the tribe's public web site and whose proceedings were being recorded. But leaders on the board of directors voted to exclude the reporter despite objections from other members of the audience.

"What does it matter?" one tribal member told the board, according to the video. "You've already got these cameras going. It's out there already."

One of the items on the agenda was the potential removal of a member of the board of directors who was found guilty of violating tribal election law by the tribe's election committee.

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