Rocky Boy council replaces chief tribal judge


The chief tribal judge of the Chippewa Cree Tribe has resigned in the wake of an election he said was flawed.

Gilbert Belgarde said he accepted an offer of a buyout on the rest of his term from the tribal council. Under changes to the tribal constitution approved recently by voters, the tribal council can now appoint tribal judge, who formerly were elected.

"I couldn't serve two masters," Belgarde said. "I couldn't serve the people and I couldn't serve the business committee (tribal council) at the same time. So I had to go."

Ken Gardipee, one of the tribe's two associate judges, also resig...

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