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Jicarilla Apache Nation elects new president

Members of the Jicarilla Apache Nation of New Mexico elected Levi Pesata as president on Saturday.

According to the Associated Press, Pesata received 71 percent of the vote. Ty Vicenti was elected vice-president.

Pesata replaces Claudia Vigil-Muniz, who was removed from office in March after going public with allegations of corruption within the tribe and the tribal police department. She had written Vice President Dick Cheney to ask for help in sorting out the police issues.

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Jicarillas elect Pesata president (AP 7/21)

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