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By Jennifer Brooks
Star Tribune 

State briefs: White Earth tribal leadership race down to two candidates


The field of candidates vying to lead the White Earth Nation narrowed from a dozen to two last week.

Terrance Tibbetts Sr. and Melinda Iverson won the most votes in the Tuesday primary election to succeed White Earth Tribal Council Chairwoman Erma Vizenor, who resigned earlier this year. The two top vote-getters will square off in the general election June 14.

Activist and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke came in third, knocking her out of the race.

Vizenor, who had served as tribal chairwoman since 2004, stepped down in January after the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe leadership voted 10-1 to remove her from its governing board. Vizenor had pushed for sweeping changes to the tribal constitution that would change the way the band determines who can be a member.


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