White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor under investigation, tribal hearing set
White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor is fighting to keep her job amid allegations she violated the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe (MCT) constitution.
The allegations include Vizenor’s continued work on implementing White Earth’s new, independent constitution (voted in two years ago, but not yet put into effect), despite the tribal council’s resolution on April 20 that stated she could not. That resolution essentially halted all transition work on the new constitution and stripped Vizenor’s authority to work on behalf of the tribe to get it implemented.
Now, the MCT Executive Committee, which is a group of 12 representatives from the six Chippewa bands in Minnesota, is holding a hearing on Dec. 9 in Mahnomen to determine whether or not the chairwoman violated the law by disregarding that resolution and working outside her scope of authority and pushing forward with the constitutional reform. The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is the umbrella organization under which all six tribes operate.