Reporter barred from Chippewa Cree council meetings

A reporter from The Havre Daily News in Montana was removed from the Chippewa Cree Tribe's council meeting last Friday.

The council barred the reporter over a story the newspaper published last week. The story detailed possible attempts to change the enrollment criteria of the tribe.

Some tribal members, including a former tribal judge, criticized to the removal of the reporter. The tribe's constitution states that all council meetings "shall be open to the public, but visitors may not interfere with proceedings, and may only speak with the consent of the Chairman."

Tribal officials said they are justified in barring the paper, saying the story interfered with the governmental process. The enrollment change is only a proposal.

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Tribal council bars Havre Daily News from meetings (The Havre Daily News 9/12)

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