Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes sue two former leaders for funds

Eddie Hamilton, the current governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. Photo from Facebook

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma sued two former leaders to recover $760,000 in funds.

The lawsuit in federal court accuses former governor Janice Boswell and former lieutenant governor Leslie Wandrie-Harjo embezzled the money. But Wandrie-Harjo said it's sitting untouched in a bank that also was named as a defendant.

“I didn’t steal anything. It’s still in a cashiers check in Ada,” Wandrie-Harjo told The Oklahoman. “That money belongs to the people.”

The money came from the tribe's trust accounts, according to the complaint. The tribe has a lawsuit pending against the federal government in another court for the same funds but an attorney said going after Wandrie-Harjo was probably an easier option.

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