Shared from the 6/9/2019 Star Tribune eEdition


Two compete for tribal chairman

Two candidates will face off in a special election for chairman of the White Earth Nation tribal council .

The winner of the Aug. 6 election will finish the last year of Terrence “Terry” Tibbetts’ four-year term. Tibbetts, who served as chairman since 2016, died in March after a lengthy illness.

Brent Gish, 72, who previously served on the tribal council, led a field of 15 primary candidates with 29% of the vote. Michael Fairbanks, 56, a former deputy director of administration for the tribe, finished second.


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