Former chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe to enter guilty plea

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Bruce Sunchild, a former chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, will plead guilty to theft and bribery charges, the Associated Press reports.

Sunchild will admit he accepted a bribe and took tribal funds, the AP said. His case is connected to three other people who have been indicted in connection with a corruption scheme on the Rocky Boy's Reservation.

At least a dozen people at Rocky Boy's have been charged since the U.S. Attorney's Office began focusing on corruption in Indian Country through an effort known as the Guardians Project.

Overall, at least 24 cases have been filed since late last year, putting Montana on top a nationwide list of judicial districts with the most government corruption prosecutions.

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