Leech Lake elects new chair; LaDuke falls short at White Earth

01_A1_seal_fullAfter announcing the funding for the new Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School near Cass Lake on Election Day, Leech Lake Tribal Chairwoman Carri Jones was nevertheless defeated by challenger Faron Jackson, Sr.

KOJB reports that Jackson won with about 53 percent of the vote t0 Jones’ approximately 31 percent. Five other candidates combined for the remaining support.

Jones was the youngest person and first woman ever elected chair of the Leech Lake Band in 2012. Jackson is the chair of the Local Indian Council in Onigum, a town on Leech Lake.

Meanwhile, on the nearby White Earth reservation, a primary election was also held Tuesday. There KOJB reports that Terry Tibbetts and Mindy Iverson emerged from a crowded 12-person chairperson race.

Most notable in that race was who didn’t advance: well-known environmental activist Winona LaDuke, 2000 running mate of Ralph Nader, finished 30 votes behind Iverson for third place.

White Earth reservation chair Erma Vizenor resigned in January over controversial decisions to change how band membership was determined.


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