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White Earth Chair Vizenor resigns; vows to return


WHITE EARTH, Minn. (KFGO-AM) - Former White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor vows that she'll be back. Vizenor has confirmed to KFGO News that she resigned effective immediately.

Vizenor says she had no choice but to step down because the council no longer supported her efforts to reform the tribe's constitution.

“We’ve got three new council people who are remnants of the (Chip) Wadena regime,” Vizenor said. “What can I do when they tie up my hands? I’m sorry. Let them (the three new Council members) crash and burn. I have no choice but to let them crash and burn.”

Vizenor was censured by the Minnesota Chippewa tribe last month for allegedly violating the tribe's constitution. She served as tribal chairwoman since 2004.

Vizenor says she's been an honorable chairwoman and has nothing to be ashamed of. "It's not the end. I'm coming back."


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