FORT THOMPSON, S.D. – (DRG News) May 1 is the date set for inauguration of new leadership for the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. A week ago, on April 19, tribal members voted for their choice for Chairman and for council members. In the Chairman’s race, two former tribal leaders ran against each other for the position; Brandon Sazue, Sr. and his aunt, Roxanne Sazue. Results showed Brandon Sazue defeated Roxanne Sazue-who lead the tribe about ten years ago-403 to 369. Brandon Sazue, who served as Chairman from 2008 to 2010, says he plans to put a focus on economic development for the tribe when he takes office next week.
Sazue says he plans to put together an outline for future goals for the tribe to achieve.
Sazue says running against a family member for the position was hard; and the final results showed a close race. He says he believes voters took various factors to the polls with them when they made their choices.
Candidates had five days to appeal the results of last week’s election. Election Chairwoman Mavis McGhee says there was only one appeal-for the Big Bend District Council race-and that appeal was denied. Brandon Sazue, Sr. will be sworn into office next Tuesday, along with recently elected council members Leonard Pease, Jr., Wayne Big Eagle, Wayne McGhee, Terry Abernathy, Roland Hawk and Eric Big Eagle. The ceremony is planned for the gym at Crow Creek High School Tuesday morning. Sazue says after the inauguration, the leaders will go into a meeting and the council will choose a Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.
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