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Turtle Mountain Chippewa election in dispute

The chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota has suspended the tribe's election scheduled for tomorrow but the election board says it will go forward.

A dispute has arisen over a candidate who was convicted of a misdemeanor. A tribal judge said Ron Peltier, who won the most votes in the primary, could appear on the ballot even though the tribal members approved an amendment barring any convicts, felony or misdemeanor, from holding office.

Chairman Leon Morin, who finished fourth in the primary, doesn't think Peltier should be on the ballot. But the head of the election board says Morin overstepped his authority.

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Tribal official says election will go on despite chairman's order (AP 10/31)

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