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By Tim Leeds 

Houle, Sunchild named in Tadios brief

Tadios trial starts Wednesday; brief says current, former tribal council members under investigation


June 20, 2014

The former top official of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation health care system is set to go on trial for embezzlement charges Wednesday, and a pretrial legal brief says two tribal council members are under investigation as well.

Fawn Tadios, former CEO of the Chippewa Cree Health Board, has argued that former council Chair Bruce Sunchild and council member John “Chance” Houle, himself a former council chair, both approved her use of federal funds in the instances for which she is charged, a trial brief filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

But, the brief says, though they both have been subpoenaed, they might be unwilling to testify for the defense or for the prosecution.

“Both of the witnesses Tados relies upon for her position that the taking of public money for private use and benefit was approved and common practice — Chance Houle and Bruce Sunchild — are themselves subject to federal criminal investigation into allegations of political and public corrupt...

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