Northern Cheyenne Tribe still in leadership dispute

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana remains in a leadership dispute and some tribal members are trying to do something about it.

Eight council members and Vice President Rick Wolfname have been at odds with President Eugene Little Coyote. They have passed resolutions to oust Little Coyote but the Bureau of Indian Affairs hasn't acknowledged the actions.

Gina Little Coyote, the president's sister, hopes to change the situation. Her group has submitted a petition to repeal or change eight tribal laws that affect the way the tribal council does business. Some of the changes target Wolfname and his allies.

"We never were in this type of turmoil before," Marie Sanchez, the group's coordinator, told The Billings Gazette.

The group wants the tribe to call an election to put the laws before voters. Such an election has apparently never happened in the tribe's history.

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Northern Cheyenne leaders challenged (The Billings Gazette 11/25)

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