Indian lawmaker in Montana lost re-election bid by three votes

CORRECTION: Clarena Brockie is a member of the Fort Belknap Indian Community.

An Indian lawmaker who was first sent to office by one vote has lost his re-election bid by just three votes.

Rep. Tony Belcourt (D), a member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, was defeated in the Democratic primary by Clarena Brockie. A recount showed Brockie with a 371-368 victory.

Belcourt won his first election in 2008 by just one vote. He represented House District 32, which includes the reservations of the Chippewa Cree Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community.

Brockie is a member of the Fort Belknap Tribes. She serves as a dean at Fort Belknap College.

The Republican party did not put up a candidate so Brockie will automatically take the seat.

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Recount confirms defeat of Belcourt in northern Montana’s HD32 (The Billings Gazette 7/10)

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