Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'elections'

Alaska accused of failing to provide Yup'ik voter help

The Native American Rights Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union say the state of Alaska has failed to live up to a court order to provide assistance to Yup'ik speaking voters. The state agreed to make changes to its...

Salt River Tribe approves liquor sales in restaurants

Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona voted last week to allow the sale of liquor at restaurants. The expansion of the tribe's liquor ordinance was supported by a landowners group called the Salt River Commerce...

Hopi Tribe to elect chairman and vice chairman

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona is scheduled to elect a new chairman and vice chairman after the top two leaders resigned after a long battle.. Former chairman Ben Nuvamsa was at odds with former vice chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. for...

Salt River Tribe votes on liquor sales at restaurants

Members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are going to the polls today to vote on an expansion of the tribe's liquor sale ordinance. The ordinance currently allows liquor sales at casinos, hotels, resorts and golf courses. Tribal members...

San Pasqual Band denies vote to disputed group

The Bureau of Indian Affairs plans to look into an election in which some members of the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians of California weren't allowed to vote. About 50 people were blocked from an election on Sunday. "They...

Mashpee Wampanoag leaders won't seek re-election

The top two leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts won't be seeking re-election next month. Chairman Shawn Hendricks and vice chairman David Pocknett failed to file papers for the February 8 vote. Both are currently suspended from the...

Mille Lacs Band elects new chief executive

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota elected Marge Anderson as its chief executive on Tuesday. Anderson held the job from 1991 to 2000. She ran again in 2008 but lost to Melanie Benjamin, who was recently ousted...

Outgoing Grand Traverse chair sued over salaries

The outgoing chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan is being sued in tribal court over salaries of tribal council members.. The tribe's Compensation Committee set the base council salaries at $60,000. Those serving...

Mille Lacs Band made $1K 'stimulus' payment

Adult members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe found an extra $1,000 in their bank accounts thanks to a "stimulus" package from the Minnesota tribe. The payment was a surprise, former chief executive Melanie Benjamin said. She questioned where...

Grand Traverse Band election finally settled

Derek Bailey will finally be able to take over as chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan. Bailey, 36, was elected in a special election in September. But challenges kept him from taking...

Oglala Sioux Tribe to inaugurate leaders

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota will hold an inauguration ceremony on Friday. Theresa Two Bulls, a former state senator, is being sworn in as president. She is the second woman to lead the tribe. Incumbent William "Shorty" Brewer...

Grand Traverse Band election results in dispute

Derek Bailey, the recently elected chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, still doesn't know whether he will be able to lead the Michigan tribe. Bailey was elected in September after a second vote was...

Cherokee Nation chief plans bid for re-election

Chad Smith, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is hoping for a fourth term in office. Smith is asking the tribe's Supreme Court to rule he on his eligibility. At issue is whether the tribal constitution's provision...

Oglala Sioux Tribe releases official election results

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota released official results from its November 4 election. Former state Sen. Theresa Two Bulls won the president's race with 2,443 votes. Activist/actor Russell Means had 2,083 votes. For vice president, incumbent William “Shorty”...

Lumbee Tribe goes to polls for council seats

Members of the Lumbee Tribe, of North Carolina went to the polls on Tuesday to decide four council races. Only one incumbent retained his seat while the others were taken by newcomers. Two races with very close counts could...

Unofficial Oglala Sioux Tribe election results

Unofficial election results from the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota show Theresa Two Bulls as the winner of the presidential race. Two Bulls defeated activist/actor Russell Means by more than 350 votes. She will be the second woman to...

Tonto Apache Tribe elects brother of ex-chair

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona elected Ivan Smith as chair on Saturday. Smith is the brother of Jeri Johnson DeCola, who resigned as chair in October following an alcohol-related incident at the tribe's casino. Smith previously served as...

Turtle Mountain Band elects new chairman

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota elected Richard Marcellais as chairman on Tuesday. The election of Marcellais is unique because he currently serves in the state Senate. He plans to work in both positions. "I believe...

Yurok Tribe holds run-off for two council seats

The Yurok Tribe of California went to the polls on Tuesday to elect two council seats. Incumbent Marjorie Donahue Buckskin defeated Jack Mattz for the Northern District. Challenger David L. Gensaw Sr. defeated incumbent Ray Mattz for the Requa District....

Newcomer elected Northern Cheyenne president

Members of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana elected a newcomer as president position on Tuesday. Leroy Spang defeated former president Eugene Little Coyote by 977 votes to 642 votes. Little Coyote was removed from office in December 2007. Joe...

Oglala Sioux Tribe finalizing election results

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is finalizing its Tuesday general election results and it looks like Theresa Two Bulls won the race for president. Two Bulls faced actor/activist Russell Means for the post. Unofficial results showed her with...

North Dakota tribe agrees to vote on membership

Members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota voted on Tuesday to hold a secretarial election on tribal enrollment criteria. The tribe currently defines membership based on lineal descendancy. The secretarial election will determine whether the tribe...

Chippewa Cree primary election in dispute

Members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana went to the polls in October but the results of the primary election remain in dispute. Candidate Kenneth Blatt St. Marks failed to advance to the general election by 45 votes. He...

Editorial: Mashantucket voters looking for change

"The Mashantucket Pequots, who voted in tribal elections last Sunday, have a lot in common with voters across the country who went to the polls Tuesday angry and frustrated. Americans were looking for a change. And so are the Mashantucket...

Challenger wins Navajo chapter race by 68 votes

Navajo Nation voters in Shiprock, New Mexico, ousted their chapter leader by just 68 votes on Tuesday. William Lee defeated incumbent Duane "Chili" Yazzie in the race for president of the Shiprock Chapter. Lee previously served as president from...

United Keetoowah Band re-elects two top leaders

Voters of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma went to the polls on Tuesday. Chief George Wickliffe won more than 59 percent of the vote. Assistant Chief Charles Locust also won re-election. Two incumbents were ousted. Get...

Lummi Nation re-elects four incumbents to council

Members of the Lummi Nation of Washington went to the polls on Saturday. Four incumbents re-elected to the tribal council. Two of them received more than 60 percent of the vote in their respective races. According to The Bellingham Herald,...

Crow Tribe re-elects all four council incumbents

Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana re-elected all four incumbent candidates on Saturday. Chairman Carl Venne, Vice Chairman Cedric Randall Black Eagle, Secretary Scott Russell, and Vice-Secretary Darrin Old Coyote All four candidates easily survived the primary and general...

Longtime Mashantucket leader voted out of office

Kenneth Reels, a longtime leader of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut, lost a bid for re-election on Sunday. Reels, the incumbent vice chairman, has served as chairman and a council member for nearly 20 years. The race...

Gila River Indian Community to elect governor

Members of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona go to the polls on November to elect a leader. Gov. William Rhodes is running for re-election. His opponent is Jennifer Allison-Ray, the tribe's current lieutenant governor. Rhodes survived a recall...

Kevin Abourezk: Means shifts sovereignty stance

"As Hurricane Ike beat up on Texas in mid-September, Russell Means watched as President Bush declared 29 Texas counties major disaster areas, making federal funds available for storm recovery. Means hopes to use that same tool to bring federal and...

Oglala Sioux Tribe holds presidential debate

The two candidates for president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota faced off in a debate at Oglala Lakota College on Tuesday. Actor/activist Russell Means said he would engage the White House and seek to enforce the tribe's...

Jodi Rave: Racial overtones in Montana campaign

"The campaign for Montana's top K-12 educator position has taken on racial overtones, sparking debate from observers about race-based comments made on a talk show and a Web site. The statewide election for superintendent of public instruction pits Elaine Sollie...

Election day victory for Chippewa Cree man

Election Day is still a week away but Tony Belcourt, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana, doesn't have to worry about winning his race for the state Legislature. Belcourt won a three-way Democratic primary by just one...

Michigan tribes seek to increase voter turnout

Michigan tribes are hoping more of their members turn up to the polls on November 4. The Saginaw Chippewa Tribe is part of the Native Vote initiative of the National Congress of American Indians. The tribe has been helping its...

Alaska halts Native voter language assistance

The state of Alaska has halted a Native voter language assistance program because it hasn't been approved by the federal government. The Division of Elections says it will still help Native voters at the polls next week. But other initiatives...

Yellow Bird: Negative ads poison Senate race

"A regional race that makes me scratch my head is the Senate race between Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Al Frankin, the Democratic challenger who, by the way, is a satirist. When I first saw the campaign ads about...

Jodi Rave: Chippewa Cree election in tribal court

"A Rocky Boy's Reservation election dispute will be heard in tribal court this week, as citizens protest results of the tribe's primary election, a dispute that was earlier rejected by the tribe's election board committee. “We want a fair election,”...

Russell Means challenged rival's eligibility

Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota won't take presidential candidate Theresa "Huck" Two Bulls off the November 4 ballot. Actor/activist Russell Means said Two Bulls couldn't run for office because she serves in the state Legislature. But the election commission...

Editorial: Denise Juneau for Montana education

Note: Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. "The state Office of Public Instruction is the conduit through which flows more than half of state government's budget, and for that reason alone heading the office...

Washington tribal rally supports Democrats

Members of several Washington tribes attended a rally on Sunday to support Sen. Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates. The Puyallup, Tulalip, Hoh, Colville and Nisqually tribes were represented at the rally, The Tacoma Weekly reported. It's one of...

Ousted Mille Lacs leader to run for office again

Melanie Benjamin hopes to regain her job as chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota. Benjamin was removed from her post after allegations of misusing tribal funds. She denies the charges and plans to file...

Tim Giago: Another important election in November

It is said prior to every election that this is one of the most important elections of our time. And then the voters go out and re-elect the same old politicians. Change? On November 4, 2008 the people of the...

Indian president of Bolivia to seek one more term

Evo Morales, the first Indian president of Bolivia, said he will seek one more term but no more after that. Morales was elected in December 2005 to a five-year term. He remains popular among the country's Indian majority but...

Jodi Rave: Native people should be first to vote

"For the first time in my life, I voted early in a general election, almost three weeks before the Nov. 4 deadline. I voted early because I didn't want any surprises on Nov. 4. I also have another reason...

Hopi judge issues warrant for tribal chairman

A judge for the Hopi Tribe of Arizona has issued an arrest warrant for suspended chairman Ben Nuvamsa. The tribal council suspended Nuvamsa last month and says he failed to surrender tribal property. Nuvamsa says the charges against him lack...

Tonto Apache Tribe to hold special election

The Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona will hold a special election on November 8 to choose a new chair. Jeri Johnson DeCola resigned this month after a drinking incident at the tribe's casino. Surveillance video shows her intoxicated, a...

Chippewa Cree Tribe denies election protest

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana denied a protest from a candidate who came in third for the race for chairman. Kenneth Blatt St. Marks alleged irregularities with the procedures for the October 7 primary election. He received 320 votes,...

Editorial: Elect Denise Juneau to top education post

Note: Denise Juneau, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. "When Denise Juneau says "I am a product of Montana public schools," she makes the statement with pride. She has achieved the kind of success we want...

Judge blocks recall vote against Indian sheriff

A judge in Montana blocked Big Horn County from putting a recall of sheriff Lawrence "Pete" Big Hair, a member of the Crow Tribe, on the November 4 ballot. Judge Randal Spaulding said the recall petition was "fatally defective."...

Arizona tribal leaders back Democrat in election

Tribal leaders are endorsing Ann Kirkpatrick, the Democratic candidate Arizona's 1st Congressional District. Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., San Carlos Apache Tribe Chairman Wendsler Nosie and White Mountain Apache Tribe Chairman Ronnie Lupe say Kirkpatrick supports tribal sovereignty. She...

First Nations leaders concerned about voter IDs

Native leaders in Canada say a voter identification requirement will limit turnout at the polls next month. All voters must show an ID with proof of a physical address. Native leaders say not all First Nations people can meet the...

Sen. Baucus names health advisory council

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, named tribal and Indian representatives to his health care advisory council. Members include Pete Conway (Blackfeet), the Billings area director for the Indian Health Service; Kevin Howlett, the health...

Oglala Sioux Tribe ousts incumbent president

Voters of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota ousted incumbent president John Yellow Bird Steele from office, according to official results. Actor/activist Russell Means, who has run for tribal office several times, won the most votes in the primary...

Penobscot Nation elects new legislative delegate

The Penobscot Nation elected Wayne Mitchell as its representative to the Maine Legislature. Mitchell, 56, said his main goal will be to improve relations with the state. "One of the biggest things facing the tribe and the state is the...

Crow chairman easily survives primary challenge

Members of the Crow Tribe of Montana went to the polls on Saturday to vote in a primary election. Incumbent Chairman Carl Venne easily won the most votes out of eight candidates running for the post. With 1,687 votes, he...

Oglala Sioux Tribe primary results not ready

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is still counting ballots from a primary election held on Tuesday. Preliminary results showed activist/actor Russell Means with the most votes for president. He will face either Sen. Theresa Two Bulls or incumbent...

New Lac du Flambeau president rejects audit

The newly elected president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa said he won't agree to a special audit of the Wisconsin tribe's finances. Carl Edwards defeated incumbent Victoria Doud, who also rejected calls for an audit,...

Oglala Sioux Tribe finalizing election results

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is finalizing the results of an election held on Tuesday. Unofficial returns appear to show Russell Means with the most votes for president. The American Indian Movement activist and actor has run for...

Lac Du Flambeau Band ousts incumbent president

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin elected a new president on Tuesday. Carl W. Edwards defeated incumbent Victoria Doud, who came in third behind a write-in candidate, the Associated Press reported. Vice President...

Chippewa Cree Tribe heads to general election

The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana will hold its general election on November 4 after narrowing the field for council candidates on Tuesday. Raymond J. Parker Jr. and Jonathan Windy Boy were the top vote-getters for the chairman's post. Parker...

Tonto Apache chair quits rather than face removal

Jeri DeCola resigned as chair of the Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona on September 30. DeCola was facing a removal vote by the tribal council for a drinking incident at the tribe's casino. Had she been removed, she wouldn't...

Lac du Flambeau election marked by controversy

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin go to the polls today to choose their leaders. President Victoria Doud and her allies on the tribal council are seeking re-election. Opponents say Doud and her...

Editorial: Montana Republicans try to suppress turnout

"The state of Montana, through its legislators and other elected officials, has taken important steps in recent years to encourage citizens to exercise their right to vote. So it was a shock last week for Montanans to learn that the...

Crow chair says race behind recall of Indian sheriff

A recall election against the Indian sheriff in Big Horn County is motivated by race, the chairman of the Crow Tribe of Montana says. "Politics in Big Horn comes down to if you're red or white," Chairman Carl Venne...

Grand Traverse Band ousts chairman in election

Voters of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan elected Derek Bailey as chairman on Wednesday. Bailey defeated incumbent chairman Robert Kewaygoshkum in a second matchup that was ordered by the tribal court. He won...

Grand Traverse Band holds another election

Members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians are going to the polls today to decide who will lead the Michigan tribe. Incumbent chairman Robert Kewaygoshkum faces a challenge from Derek Bailey. Kewaygoshkum beat Bailey by 23...

Hopi chairman disputes suspension as illegal

Ben Nuvamsa, the chairman of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, won't abide by a vote to suspend him from his post. Nuvamsa accused tribal council members of a "power grab" after they unanimously voted against him. He plans to go...

Steve Russell: Indians slighted in every election

"One of my students told me the other day that the presidential race makes her feel like she’s living in a B movie, and Samuel L. Jackson is about to step out and deliver his famous and profane line about...

Gila River governor survives primary challenge

The leader of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona survived a primary challenge in an election on Tuesday. Gov. William R. Rhodes was the top vote-getter, according to unofficial results. He will face Jennifer Allison-Ray in November's general...

Lumbee board finds money to hold council election

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will hold an election on November 18 amid a dispute between the council and the election board. The council cut funds to the election board over a proposed amendments to the constitution. A referendum...

BIA seeks to resolve Apache Tribe leadership dispute

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is trying to resolve a leadership dispute within the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. Chairman Alonzo Chalepah and Vice Chair Mary Rivera forcibly took control of tribal headquarters on Tuesday. They said they were acting to...

Crow candidate plans to sue tribe to get on ballot

Burton Pretty On Top plans to sue the Crow Tribe of Montana to run for chairman. Pretty on Top currently lives off the reservation. He acknowledges a residency requirement in the tribal constitution but says he should be able...

Apache leaders force takeover of tribal building

The chair and the vice chair of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma hired a private security firm to take over tribal headquarters on Tuesday, according to news reports. Chairman Alonzo Chalepah and Vice Chair Mary Rivera were locked out of...

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe re-elects Jandreau as chair

Michael Jandreau has won another term as chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Certified results show Jandreau defeated challenger Sandy LaCroix. Boyd Gourneau won the race for vice chairman and John McCauley Sr. was elected secretary-treasurer....

Grand Traverse Band ordered to hold new election

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians will be holding another election for the chairman's position. The tribe held an election on May 21. Candidate Derek Bailey filed a complaint when the election board made unsubstantiated allegations against...

Blackeet chief loses election but gains $100K

Voters of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana ousted longtime chairman Earl Old Person in June but his former colleagues -- some of whom were also voted out of office -- agreed to pay him $100,000 to serve as the...

Editorial: Familiar faces for Oneida Nation

"The new Oneida Business Committee that is sworn in today will have a familiar look: With the exception of the tribal chairman, it's the same group as the previous committee. And the chairman will be Rick Hill, who served on...

BIA recognizes interim chief of Seneca-Cayuga Tribe

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has recognized LeRoy Howard as interim chief of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma. Howard and a new slate of leaders were elected in June. But former chief Paul Spicer disputed the results and held...

Pechanga Band re-elects Macarro as chairman

Mark Macarro will continue to serve as chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians in California. Macarro was re-elected to a seventh term. He first took office in 1996. Five incumbents were re-elected to the council. One newcomer...

Cherokee chief vetoes new districting plan

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith vetoed a new map for the tribe's council districts. Smith said the map was designed to protect incumbents. He said the new districts weren't divided evenly among the Cherokee people. Council members were...

Leech Lake chairman fires more than 20 directors

Arthur “Archie” LaRose, the new chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, has fired more than 20 division directors since being sworn in July 4. “It’s like the president of the United States comes in, he brings...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe still waiting on BIA

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has yet to decide who are the rightful leaders of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma, more than a month after an election. The tribe chose a new chief and other leaders on June 7. But...

Leech Lake woman runs for mayor in Minnesota

Irene Folstrom, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, has entered the race for mayor of Bemidji, Minnesota. Folstrom, a Democrat, is among six candidates for the position. She has previously run for the state Legislature. In other...

Cocopah chairwoman wins seventh term in office

Members of the Cocopah Tribe of Arizona re-elected Sherry Cordova chairwoman on Friday. Cordova defeated two other candidates for the position. She will serve her seventh consecutive term in office. Four other council seats were filled in the election. Get...

Seneca-Cayuga Tribe waiting on BIA amid dispute

Who's in charge of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma? Rivals are claiming to be in control as they wait for a response from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Chief Paul Spicer says he remains the legitimate leader despite vowing...

Results of Seneca-Cayuga election in dispute

The leadership of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma remains in doubt despite a recent election. Voters went to the polls on June 7 to chose a new chief, secretary/treasurer and other positions. But it's unclear whether the election will be...

Indian candidate in Montana wins race by one vote

Tony Belcourt, a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, is headed to the Montana Legislature after winning his race by just one vote. Belcourt faced Adrian Main and Johnathan Walker for the Democratic nomination for House District 32. A hand...

Oneida Nation reports record turnout for election

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin returned Rick Hill to the chairman's post in an election on Saturday. Hill, who served as chairman for three terms in the early 1990s, defeated six other candidates for the job. Turnout...

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe welcomes new chairman

Joe McCoy was sworn in as chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan on Wednesday. McCoy defeated incumbent Aaron Payment by a vote of 3,853 to 3,495. McCoy will serve four years in his term....

Oneida Nation heads to polls this weekend

Members of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will vote for a new chairman on Saturday. Incumbent Chairman Gerald Danforth is not seeking re-election. Seven people have filed papers to seek his seat. Also up for election are positions on six...

Citizen Potawatomi Nation re-elects legislators

Voters of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma re-elected two members of the tribe's legislative body. Paul Wesselhoft, who also serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and Paul Schmidlkofer defeated their challengers in an election over the weekend....

Sandia Pueblo names new leaders for top two posts

Sandia Pueblo in New Mexico announced the appointment of a new governor and lieutenant governor on Monday. Stuart Paisano was appointed governor. He previously served five terms, from 2000 through 2005, and was the tribe's youngest-ever governor. Victor Montoya was...

Blackfeet Nation voters oust council incumbents

Members of the Blackfeet Nationof Montana ousted all four tribal council incumbents who were up for election this year. Longtime chairman Earl Old Person and incumbent council member Edwin "Sooney" Little Plume lost overwhelmingly in the tribe's general election on...

Top two leaders at Sandia Pueblo abruptly resign

The top two leaders at Sandia Pueblo in New Mexico abruptly resigned this week after just six months on the job. Gov. Robert Montoya and Lt. Gov. Ryan Paisano were appointed in January. The tribe did not say why they...

Sault Ste. Marie chairman voted out of office

Voters of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians ousted incumbent chairman Aaron Payment, according to unofficial election results. Darwin "Joe" McCoy defeated Payment by a vote of 3,853 to 3,495. "I am really humbled about how things turned...

Blackfeet Nation ousts longtime chairman

Voters of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana ousted longtime chairman Earl Old Person and agreed to an overhaul of the tribal constitution. Henry Butterfly defeated Old Person by 1,860 votes to 999. A new chairman of the business committee...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe holds special election

Voters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe rejected a name change but approved a new membership standard in special election on June 11. A proposal to rename the tribe as the Standing Rock Oyate was rejected by 337-225. Oyate means...

Colville voters oust four incumbents on council

Voters on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation ousted four incumbents from the business council. Longtime chairman Mike Marchand was among those who lost an election on Saturday. He will be replaced by Carleen M. Anderson, the former interim...

Recall election targets Gila River governor

Members of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona go to the polls today to decide the fate of Gov. William R. Rhodes. A recall petition accuses Rhodes of gross negligence, failing to follow tribal policy, failing to protect...

Mohawk chief loses re-election by three votes

Lorraine White, one of the three chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of New York, lost her bid for re-election by three votes. White could have asked for a recount but said she would heed voters' wishes. She will...

Puyallup Tribe elects new council member

The Puyallup Tribe of Washington welcomed its newest council member on Tuesday. Nancy Shippentower-Games is president of a group called Full Circle. The group has been critical of the way other council members have handled tribal business. Three Full Circle...

Mille Lacs chief executive wins re-election

Melanie Benjamin won her bid for re-election as chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota. Benjamin, 52, defeated former chief executive Marge Anderson on Tuesday. Anderson ran the tribe from 1991 to 2000, when she...

Poarch Band re-elects chairman and treasurer

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama reported a record turnout at an election on Saturday. Three seats were up for grabs. Voters re-elected chairman Buford L. Rolin and treasurer Arthur Mothershed to the council. Newcomer Garvis Sells was...

Two Lac du Flambeau council members lose seats

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin voted to sustain the removal of two council members who have criticized the tribe's financial situation. Tom Maulson and Jerome "Brooks" Big John were removed late last...

Lac du Flambeau councilors accused of disloyalty

Two council members for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Wisconsin face a special election on June 10 after being accused of disloyalty to the tribal government. Tom Maulson and Jerome "Brooks" Big John have criticized...

Pascua Yaqui Tribe re-elects most incumbents

Voters of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona re-elected Chairman Peter Yucupicio and all but one incumbent on Tuesday. Yucupicio was the top vote-getter in the election. Incumbent Priscilla Flores failed to garner enough votes to stay on the council....

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe re-elects chairwoman

Voters of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe of Washington re-elected Frances Charles as their chairwoman on Saturday. Charles won the election with 57 percent of the vote. She defeated four other challengers. Tribal members also voted for two seats on...

Seneca-Cayuga general council meeting on hold

The Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma has held a general council meeting every year since 1973 but this year's meeting has been put on hold due to a legal dispute. The general council, which consists of all voting tribal member who...

Blackfeet election panel ousted, then reinstated

The election commission for the Blackfeet Nation of Montana was removed and reinstated -- all within 45 minutes on Friday. The commission ruled that former council member Sam "Pat" Schildt wasn't eligible to run in the upcoming election. The decision...

Mississippi Choctaws watching elections closely

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is monitoring the 2008 elections very closely, Miko Beasley Denson said. The tribe's land-into-trust application was rejected under a new policy issued assistant secretary Carl Artman, who is resigning this month. The policy, however,...

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