Former chairman of Omaha Tribe pleads guilty in fund theft case

A view of the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska. Photo from Omaha Tribe

Amen Sheridan, a former chairman of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, admitted his role in a theft case.

Sheridan, 54, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to theft from an Indian tribal organization. He admitted that he knew Julia Whiteskunk took money from the tribe's housing authority and used it as down payment for a house. He also admitted the he helped her evade punishment.

Whiteskunk was serving as executive director of the tribe's housing authority at the time of the theft. Sheridan was serving as chairman.

Whiteskunk also was indicted and pleaded not guilty to the charges. She died in September 2014.

Sheridan is due to be sentenced on September 14, a little over a year after Whiteskunk's passing. He faces a maximum of 2 years and 6 months in federal prison.

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