- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A tribal court has invalidated the November election of four new members to the Chippewa Cree Business Committee after a non-tribal member was allowed to vote.

Chippewa Cree Associate Judge Melody Whitford said the participation of the non-tribal member had tainted the results.

In a Wednesday order, Whitford said a new election should be held in a timely manner. She did not set a date.

Jonathan Windy Boy, an unsuccessful candidate who lost by 111 votes, challenged the results after honorary tribal member Father Pete Guthneck was allowed to vote in violation of the tribe’s constitution.

Election officials admitted a mistake was made when they allowed Guthneck to vote. But they said one vote would not have made a difference and the issue should not invalidate the election.

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Information from: Havre Daily News, https://www.havredailynews.com


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