- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) - A Lower Brule Sioux tribal official acting as chairman has asked for new tribal counsel and says he will soon attempt to dismiss three tribal attorneys who worked under late Chairman Michael Jandreau.

Then-Vice Chairman Kevin Wright cited the tribe’s constitution and bylaws when he took over leadership Friday, hours before Jandreau died. They opposed each other politically.

Wright said he would send emails Wednesday evening dismissing three lawyers who worked with the tribe, including General Counsel Tara Adamski and attorney Marshall Matz. Adamski didn’t return calls Wednesday.

Matz and the third attorney, Dennis Ickes, said they had not yet heard from Wright.

Rapid City-based attorney Steven Emery says he would be one of several new attorneys if the council approves a new contract.

Jandreau’s funeral is Thursday.

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