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Frank White Clay. Photo: Crow Tribe Legislature
Crow Tribe elects new President
Tribe’s huge deficit main concern of newly elected officials
Monday, November 23, 2020

On Monday, November 9, 2020 the Crow electorate went to the polls and elected a new Tribal chairman and slate of other newcomers to the Executive Branch, who have previously served in the Crow Legislature. Under the Crow Tribal constitution there are four top officials who run as a group: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Vice Secretary.

For Chairman, Frank White Clay decisively defeated incumbent Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid by a vote of 1,978 to 143. Lawrence DeCrane is Vice Chair, defeating Paul J. Hill, 1,798 to 1,642.

In the Secretary race, Levi Black Eagle beat Shawn Backbone, 1,991 to 1,425. For Vice Secretary Channis D. Whiteman defeated Yvon Light Medicine Tail, Jr., 1,981 to 1,396.

White Clay is currently a Senator in the Crow Tribal Legislature, working himself to position of Speaker of the House along with the new Vice-Chair, Lawrence DeCrane. Black Eagle is also a Legislature and Black Eagle and educator working for Tribal Schools.

It was not possible to contact Whiteman regarding his livelihood.

These officials and Legislature of 18 members serve four-year terms and will be sworn into office the first part of December to assume their duties.

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