4 Chippewa Cree Council members sworn in 6 months after election


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HAVRE, Montana — Four new members of the Chippewa Cree's governing council have been sworn in after waiting half a year for an appeal of the election results to end.

The Havre Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1ApxvRv ) state Sen. Jonathan Windy Boy, who lost in the election, objected to the results because an honorary tribal member was allowed to vote. Only full members may vote in a tribal election.

The only Chippewa Cree Business Council seat still vacant after Thursday's swearing-in is that of the chairman. Ken Blatt St. Marks was elected by the tribe as chairman only to be removed by the other members of the council.

The other council members accuse St. Marks of misconduct, while St. Marks says his removal was in retaliation for his cooperating with federal investigators in a corruption probe.

Information from: Havre Daily News, http://www.havredailynews.com

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