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Leader of Sault Tribe removed from office after drug conviction

Rita Glyptis, third from left, joined the board of directors for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in July 2014. Photo by Rick Smith / Win Awenen Nisitotung

A leader of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Michigan has been removed from office after being convicted on a marijuana charge.

Rita Glyptis was convicted in tribal court last May but refused to step down from her position as the Unit V representative on the tribe's board of directors. So a tribal member circulated a position and collected enough signatures to force a hearing on the issue.

The tribe's hearing board issued an opinion and order on Thursday substantiating the petition. The board found that a criminal conviction in any court -- tribal, federal or state -- was grounds for removal.

The case stems from an incident in January 2015 in which Glyptis was found with marijuana in a hotel room at one of the tribe's gaming facilities. She was sentenced to 30 days probation and ordered to pay fines.

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Glyptis removed from office (The Sault Ste. Marie Evening News 1/14)
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