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Three arrested in White Earth tribal leadership dispute

Claims of alleged illegal activity by the White Earth tribal chairwoman have led to a recall petition and has spawned serious protests and three arrests, Forum Communications reports.
More than 570 tribal members signed a petition calling for the o

Claims of alleged illegal activity by the White Earth tribal chairwoman have led to a recall petition and has spawned serious protests and three arrests, Forum Communications reports.

More than 570 tribal members signed a petition calling for the ouster of Chairwoman Erma Vizenor, and demonstrations on the issue began last week. Many gathered outside the tribal headquarters building, calling the gathering “Camp White Earth Justice Again.”

On Monday night, protesters chained the building’s doors and blocked the road with branches. On Tuesday,  30 police officers from several agencies confronted nearly 100 protesters for several hours, blocking traffic on Hwy. 244.

Two protesters were arrested for obstructing legal process, and a third was arrested for an active warrant, police told the paper.

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The complaints against Vizenor allege illegal actions in the tribal criminal justice system, which she has denied.