Rocky Boy's rodeo association official to be sentenced in corruption case

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HELENA, Montana — A Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation official is to be sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing from a Chippewa Cree tribal rodeo association bank account.

Thursday's sentencing of Wade Colliflower in U.S. District Court in Great Falls is part of a long-running federal investigation into corruption on Montana's Indian reservations.

Prosecutors say Colliflower and former tribal councilman John "Chance" Houle embezzled money from the account between May 2010 and June 2012.

Colliflower pleaded guilty in December to theft from an Indian tribal organization.

Prosecutors and Colliflower's attorney differ on how much Colliflower should pay back and whether he should serve time in prison.

The federal government is recommending an 18-month prison sentence and $149,000 in restitution.

Colliflower attorney Daniel Donovan is asking for three years' probation and $44,750 in restitution.

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