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Longtime leader of Ponca Tribe resigns post amid conflicts with council


November 4, 2021

Larry Wright Jr. served as chairman of the Ponca Tribe for more than a decade. He is seen here speaking at the grand opening of the tribe's new clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 30, 2021. Photo by Kevin Abourezk

Larry Wright Jr. -– a fixture in Indian Country politics for more than a decade –- resigned his position as chairman of the Ponca Tribe on Tuesday after accepting a job offer with a new unnamed employer, he told Indianz.Com on Wednesday.

"I'm looking at this as an opportunity for growth for me," he said. "It was an opportunity that I felt was too good to pass up. At the end of the day, I still want what's best for our Ponca people."

Wright has served as his tribe's chairman since being re-elected to the position in 2014. He had earlier served as chairman from 2006 to 2010. His most recent term was scheduled to end in 2023.


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