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The tribe needed a new leader because former chairman Colley Billie was removed from office last November amid allegations of $82 million in financial mismanagement.
Tribal members accused Colley Billie of removing $82 million from a reserve account tied to an ongoing taxation dispute.
Chairman Colley Billie claimed immunity but the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said the tribe's sovereignty is not superior to that of the United States.
The new Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act, which became law in September, is now an issue in the case.
A December 15 hearing could determine whether Chairman Colley Billie is held in contempt for refusing to turn over financial information about tribal members.