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North Dakota tribe agrees to vote on membership
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Filed Under: National

Members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota voted on Tuesday to hold a secretarial election on tribal enrollment criteria.

The tribe currently defines membership based on lineal descendancy. The secretarial election will determine whether the tribe will switch to a blood quantum standard.

Voters also elected two tribal council representatives. Both races were extremely close -- one candidate won by two votes.

A third council seat was the subject of a primary on Tuesday. The top two vote-getters will compete in a December 2 general election.

Get the Story:
Unofficial results of tribe election announced (The Minot Daily News 11/6)

Related Stories:
Jodi Rave: Tribal enrollment a touchy issue (10/31)

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