The Northern Cheyenne Tribe's capitol building in Lame Deer, Montana. Photo: Jimmy Emerson, DVM

Northern Cheyenne Tribe schedules new election to replace ousted president

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe plans to elect a new president after the council ousted Jace Killsback from his post.

The tribal council voted unanimously on October 6 to remove Killsback from office. Though he said the action was illegitimate, the Bureau of Indian Affairs recognized the council's decision in an October 17 letter.

"The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is a sovereign nation in full control of its internal affairs," the council said in a press release after the BIA issued its letter.

The council has since scheduled a November 28 primary, with plans for a general election on January 2, 2018. The Billings Gazette reported. Killsback, who was elected barely a year ago, told the paper that he is probably going to for president.

Read More on the Story:
After ousting president, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council planning special election (The Billings Gazette October 31, 2017)
Montana tribe ousts president with apparent backing of BIA (MTN News October 18, 2017)
BIA backs Northern Cheyenne council's vote to remove president (The Billings Gazette October 17, 2017)

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