- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) - The Lumbee Tribal Supreme Court says Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks can seek a third term.

But The Fayetteville Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1EybKkH) that the court said Brooks would only be able to serve two years if he wins.

The court ruled Tuesday that Brooks should have been allowed to serve a full three-year term when he was first elected in 2011 to fill the final year of Purnell Swett’s term.

The Lumbee Supreme Court’s decision overturns a decision by the tribal election board to prohibit Brooks from running for a third term. The Lumbee Constitution says the chairman is limited to two, three-year terms.

Brooks would not talk about the decision Tuesday night.

The election is scheduled Nov. 17.

The chairman holds the tribe’s executive powers, including implementing the annual budget.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com


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