Longtime leader of Ponca Tribe resigns post amid conflicts with council
November 4, 2021
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.