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Judge Orders Lower Brule Tribal Council To Hold Meeting

LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) — A tribal court judge has ordered the Lower Brule Sioux tribal council to hold a meeting in March.

The council has not met for months because of disagreements among its members. The tribe’s constitution, however, mandates that council members gather once a month.

The Mitchell Republic ( ) reports that Lower Brule Sioux Tribe’s council members were elected in September but have been split three against three since then. The differences between members have resulted in the lack of meetings.

Judge B.J. Jones said the tribe “is being harmed” by the council members’ actions. Jones said members who refuse to participate in a council meeting will be held in contempt of court and will be arrested.

The tribal council has recently being in the spotlight due to accusations of financial mishandling.


Information from: The Daily Republic,