Sault Tribe members bar ex-officials from office

Members of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians voted overwhelmingly to bar the former chairman and seven other people from running for public office.

Tribal members passed a referendum against former chairman Bernard Bouschor and current director Paul Shagen. The two men are currently defendants in a lawsuit filed by the tribe that accuses them of fraud, breach of lawful authority, breach of fiduciary duties and the handling of $2.6 million. Six other former tribal employees are also named in the suit.

If the lawsuit is resolved, the defendants could seek to run for office in the future.

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Tribal vote bans Bouschor, Shagen from '06 election (The Soo Evening News 1/26)

Relevant Links:
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians - http://www.sootribe.org
Sault Tribe Times, independent site - http://www.saulttribetimes.com

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