Chairman of Chippewa Cree Tribe arrested in ongoing dispute

Chippewa Cree Tribal Chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks is escorted to a tribal police vehicle this morning at the tribal council chambers. Photo Havre Daily News/Lindsay Brown

Chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana was arrested this morning for trying to enter council chambers, The Havre Daily News reports.

After being suspended by the council, St. Marks was ordered to stay away from the chambers. But a tribal judge lifted a temporary restraining order against him on Tuesday afternoon and he vowed to return to the building.

“They tried, convicted and executed me,” St. Marks told supporters after the judge's decision, the paper reported. “Now they are going to give me hearing.”

The paper was on hand to witness St. Marks being arrested by a tribal police officer and driven away. He said he is being targeted because he has encouraged federal agencies to investigate corruption on the reservation.

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