Breaking news: Panel rules in favor of Gilbert faction of Little Shell


John Gilbert is the legitimately elected president of the Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians, a three-member panel of judges has ruled.

The ruling was announced Saturday.

The ruling deposes John Sinclair of Havre as tribal president.

The 4,300-member tribe, with a strong presence in Havre, has been torn by dissension during the three-year long battle for control.

Sinclair was elected president in 2004, but scheduled elections were not held in 2008 because of internal discord. By the time they were held in 2009, Sinclair and his supporters on the Elections Committee had either ruled o...

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