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Gilbert is legitimate Little Shell leader, panel rules


John Gilbert of Great Falls is the legitimate president of the Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians, a three-judge panel has ruled.

The ruling was announced Saturday.

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

Gilbert said he hoped to retrieve tribal files and equipment from the Havre office at the HRDC building, establish an office in Great Falls and begin searching for funding for the tribe.

The panel's ruling deposes John Sinclair of Havre as tribal president.

Sinclair was elected president in...

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