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Little Shell Tribe Special Election of 2003


August 9, 2003:

New Little Shell Tribal Council Elected

On August 9, 2003, Enrolled Members of the Little Shell Tribe elected a new Tribal Council in a special Election to serve till November 6, 2004 at which time a Normal Tribal Constitutional Election will be held for the Tribal Council Seats. The Special Election was held to settle an election disupute that arrised durning the 2000 Tribal Constitutional Election. The Dispute was taken outside the Tribe to the Montana State Courts that Culminated in a Montana Supreme Court Decision that declined to intervene in the internal dispute and affirmed the Little Shell's Tribe Sovereignty. With Pressure from NARF, Enrolled Members of the Tribe, and other groups representing the Tribe in Federal Recognition, an agreement was signed that provided for a Special Election to "Legitimize" our Tribal Council.

The special election took place at the vo-tech center at the MSU-College of Technology. Tribal members each voted for seven candidates. The top seven vote-getters then joined the tribe's election committee in closed session to choose executive officers.

Officers elected Saturday are:

Tribal chairman -- John Sinclair, 87 votes.

Vice chairman -- Darrell Koke, 71 votes.

Second vice chairman - Larry Salois, 72 votes.

Secretary treasurer - Caroline Fleury, 79 votes.

The three council members are: Bob Van Guten, with 91 votes; Ed Lavenger, with 77 votes; and Alvina Allen with 71 votes.

All new members were elected to finish out the two-year term ending Nov. 6, 2004.

Great Falls Tribune Article: Little Shell elect new tribal council

Official Vote Tallies for all 15 Candidates in Order of Total of Votes received.

TOTAL
VOTES   Name of Candidate
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 91   - Bob Van Guten 		- voted as Council Member
 87   - John Sinclair 		- voted as Chairman
 79   - Caroline Fleury 	- voted as Secretary/Treasurer
 77   - Ed lavenger 		- voted as Council Member
 72   - Larry Salois 		- voted as Second vice chairman
 71   - Alvina Allen 		- voted as Council Member
 71   - Darrel Koke 		- voted as Vice chairman
 56   - Henry Anderson 		- Elected as 1st Alternate
 54   - Pat Maki 		- Elected as 2nd Alternate
 46   - Butch Landrie 
 43   - Toni Jo Atchison
 38   - Jay Jarvey 
 37   - Leona Kienenberger
 36   - Richard Parenteau
 30   - Skip cole

Sights of the Special Elections

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Members Checking out Little Shell Tribal Symbols
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Members of Election Committee Check in voters
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Dr. Pamela Bundt
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Dr. Pamela Bundt
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Members awaiting start of Elections
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Members
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Campaigning Post by the LST-7
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Roger Salois
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Handmade Red River Cart for Raffle
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Handmade Red River Cart For Raffel Sign
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Picture of Chief Thomas Little Shell Auction
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Six Members of the newly Elected Tribal council
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All 7 Members of the New Little Shell Tribal Council
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Tribal Council Members being sworn into office by Elder Henry Anderson
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Tribal Council Members being sworn into office by Elder Henry Anderson
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Tribal Members Congradulating New Tribal Council
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Tribal Members Congradulating New Tribal Council
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Tribal Members Congradulating New Tribal Council
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Tribal Members Congradulating New Tribal Council
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Tribal Members Congradulating New Tribal Council
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Election Committee Finish up after Elections
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Raffle of Chief Little Shell Print
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New Tribal Council Consults with Old Tribal Council
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New Tribal Council Consults with Old Tribal Council
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New Tribal Council Consults with Old Tribal Council
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New Tribal Council Consults with Old Tribal Council
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Member sell Raffle Tickets for Red River Cart
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Winner of Chief Little Shell Print
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Auction of Hand made Blanket
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Some Entertainment while awaiting Election Results
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Some Entertainment while awaiting Election Results
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Election committee Makes Announcements
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6 Members of the New Tribal Council
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Election Committee makes Announcements
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Little Shell Tribal Flag and Staff of Unity
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Handmade Red River Cart up for Raffle
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Handmade Red River Cart up for Raffle
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Members enjoy a Lunch while waiting for speeches by Candidates
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Watching the proceedings
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Members enjoy a Lunch while waiting for speeches by Candidates
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Members enjoy a Lunch while waiting for speeches by Candidates
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Guest Announcement
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Members Examine Print of Chief Little Shell before Auction
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Print of Chief Little Shell up for Auction
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Election Committee makes announcements
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Members Voting for New Tribal council
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Members Voting for New Tribal council
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Members Voting for New Tribal council
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Members Voting for New Tribal council
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Local TV Station, KRTV, makes an appearance
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Local TV Station, KRTV, makes an appearance
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Elder Henry Anderson announces gift of Staff of Unity to the Members of the Little Shell Tribe
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Election Committee
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Members Talk among themselves awaiting start of proceedings
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Richard Parenteau
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Little Shell Tribal Flag and Staff of Unity
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Final Ballot of all Candidates and total votes for each
 


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The Little Shell Tribe Newsletter is FREE to all Enrolled Tribal Members. It is published 12 months a year and is supported by particle funding by the Little Shell Tobacco Abuse Prevention Program. To place your name on the list for the newsletter, Click Here to get the Address/phone number to request your name and address be placed on the newsletter subscription list. The Contact is Toni Jo Atchison, Tobacco Abuse Prevention Specialist

Toni Jo Atchison, Little Shell Tobacco Abuse Prevention Specialist Announces Tribal Newsletter is FREE to Tribal Members

By the LittleShellTribe.com Webmaster:

Toni Jo Atchison, Little Shell Tribal Tobacco Abuse Prevention Specialist has announced that the Tribal newsletter is FREE to all Enrolled Tribal Members. Previously, a subscription of $10 was required for the newsletter and was published quartely. The subscription cost covered monies that funded the creation, mailing of the newsletter, along with helping with office expenses. Now, with funding provided in part under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program, and the Little Shell Tobacco Abuse Prevention Program, the Newsletter will be published 12 months a year. To place your name on the List for the newsletter (if you do not currently receive it), contact Toni Jo at the main office or write a letter requesting your name to be placed on it. Tribal and Non-Tribal members are still welcome and are encourgaged to send donations to the Office to help with tribal expenses.

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