Little Shell leaders say new election likely


BILLINGS — Leaders of Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians said Monday they expect a new election will be held next year to end a dispute over a 2009 vote that split the landless tribe into opposing factions.

Notably absent from the ballot could be Chairman John Sinclair of Havre. Sinclair said Monday he likely will not run again after the turmoil that surrounded his last election.

"At this point, I don't expect to run. Let's have an election and get it over with," he said.

A three-judge panel of tribal law experts met Saturday in Great Falls to hear arguments over the legi...

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