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Indicted Blackfeet Nation council member won't quit position

Montana Sen. Shannon Augare (D). Photo Montana Legislature

Shannon Augare, an indicted council member for the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, won't step down from his post.

Augare, who also serves as a state senator, has been indicted in federal court in connection with a drunk driving incident on the reservation. Chairman Willie Sharp asked him to resign until he resolves his legal issues.

“If a majority of the Council thought it was best for me to step down, I would respect their wishes and do so,” Augare said in response to the request, the Associated Press reported. “Until then, I will continue to do my job and abide by my oath of office.”

Augare has been stripped of some of his state legislative duties as a result of his indictment.

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