Lac Vieux Desert council members out of jail after court ruling
All nine council members for the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Michigan have been released from jail after a tribal appellate court intervened.

A tribal judge ordered the council to jail after they failed to swear in a new new chairman and a new treasurer. They remained there for for three nights despite two appellate court rulings that were posted on Turtle Talk.

In June, tribal members ousted seven people from the council. The losing candidates refused to recognize the results of the election, resulting in a lawsuit in tribal court.

Judge Bradley Dakota of the tribe's court ordered a new election to take place October 23 and ordered the new chairman and treasurer to be seated. When the sitting council members refused, he held them in contempt.

An attorney for the council said Dakota had refused to recognize the tribal appellate court rulings.

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