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Seminole's new leader may lose job on a technicality


After ushering in a new era with the election of a new Seminole tribal chair on Oct. 31, the tribe may be poised to usher it right back out again.

The Seminoles elected 44-year-old entrepreneur Marcellus Osceola after the previous chair, James Billie, was removed on Sept. 28 by the Seminole Tribal Council in a 4-0 vote.

But the rules require that a chair must live on one of the Seminole reservations at the time of his or her election. And while Osceola lives on the Hollywood Seminole Reservation, his house is currently being repaired due to mold damage. During the repairs, Osceola has been off the reservation.


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