White Earth Community Votes To Fill Chair Seat Today

White Earth Community Votes To Fill Chair Seat Today Click to Enlarge

WHITE EARTH, MN--Fifteen candidates are on the ballot in a primary election today for White Earth tribal chairperson. If a candidate receives more than half the votes, he or she is elected tribal chair. If no candidates receive 50 percent, the top two vote-getters will go on to compete in the general election on Aug. 6.

The election is being held to fill the unexpired four-year term of former Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts, who was elected in 2016 and died on March 17 after a lengthy illness.

Fifteen candidates were certified by the Tribal Council to run for the chairperson position. To determine the order of how the names will appear on the ballot, the names were put in a birchbark basket and were randomly pulled out one-by-one. The order from 1-15 is as follows: Brent Gish, Lainey Fineday, Sandra St. Clair, Ronald Fairbanks, Tara Mason, Michael Thompson, Rae Ann Smith, Leigh Harper, Teresa St. Clair, Patricia Moran, Michael Fairbanks, Robert Durant, Eugene Sommers, Clifford Crowell, and David Greene.

Polls will be open 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on the White Earth Reservation and in Cass Lake and Minneapolis.

To vote in a White Earth election, you must be at least 18 years old and be an enrolled tribal member. Absentee voting is allowed.

District I polling locations

Bejou - Community Center, Main Street.

Beaulieu – Mary Lou Crandall Residence, 2125 220th Street.

Pine Bend - Robin Ankeny Residence, 1330 320th Avenue.

Rice Lake - Community Center, County Road 35, Rice Lake Village.

District II:

Mahnomen - Old Tribal College Library, Main Street, Mahnomen.

Naytahwaush - Old Community Center, Second Avenue, Naytahwaush.

Waubun - Community Center, 1004 Central Ave., Waubun.

District III:

Callaway - Community Center, Highway 59, Callaway.

Ogema - VFW Hall, Main Street East, Ogema.

White Earth - Community Center, Martin Drive, White Earth.

Elbow Lake - Elderly Nutrition Center, Little Elbow Lake Village.

Pine Point - Elderly Nutrition Center, Pine Point Village.

Cass Lake:

Leech Lake Facility Center, 16126 John Moose Drive, Cass Lake.


Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.

For more information, contact the White Earth Election Board at 218-936-5622 or 1-866-211-9154 or Email: election.board@whiteearth.com

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