OJIBWE

White Earth Chippewa Band Elects New Chairman

Fairbanks defeated Brent Gish, on a vote of 1,352 to 679.

WHITE EARTH, MINN. (KFGO) – Michael Fairbanks has been elected Chairman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in a special general election held Tuesday. Fairbanks defeated Brent Gish, on a vote of 1,352 to 679, to fill out the one year remaining in the term of Tribal Chairman Terry Tibbetts, who died in March. Fairbanks has worked in tribal…

Former Secretary-Treasurer Being Sued By White Earth Reservation Business Committee

Mason is among 15 candidates running for tribal chairperson

WHITE EARTH RESERVATION, MN —¬†White Earth Reservation Business Committee is suing Tara Mason in tribal court. Court documents accuse the former Secretary-Treasurer of misappropriation of tribal funds for the failed Star Lake Casino project. Mason is accused of creating a non-tribal owned entity to pay $3.3 million for land with tribal funds. The lawsuit says the title for the property…

Candidate for Ojibwe Political Office Receives Mail Threat

Donald Finn of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe received threatening message and powdery substance in mail

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe political candidate was sent a powdery substance in the mail. Donald Finn of Cass Lake, Minnesota, reported the suspicious mail to Beltrami County authorities on Monday. Finn said the mail included a threatening message and a powder substance. He hasn’t reported any illness since receiving the mail. He is a candidate…

Chairman Calls For Censure Of White Earth Nation Secretary-Treasurer

Tara Mason Has 45 Days To Prepare Response

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Chairman wants to censure the Secretary-Treasurer. Chairman Terry Tibbetts made the motion on Thursday during the Tribal Executive Committee meeting. Tibbets accuses Tara Mason of five counts of tribal constitution violations including her dealings with the controversial Star Lake casino project, tribal courts and others. Mason has 45 days to prepare a response. A…