For the second straight election, Confederated Salish and Kootenai members have voted 80 percent of their Tribal Council incumbents whose terms were up out of office, the Missoulian reports.
The counting of absentee and contested ballots (on Dec. 18) made it official.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will have a new chairman in two weeks, and four new faces on its 10-person Tribal Council.
It’s the second straight time tribal members have turned four of five incumbents out of office.
The casualties include Chairman Joe Durglo, a Council member from St. Ignatius.
After oaths of office are delivered on Jan. 3, the new Council will select a new chairman from among its ranks.
The only incumbent to win re-election was Carole DePoe Lankford of Ronan. She collected 65 percent of the vote in defeating her challenger.
One of the five incumbents, Reuben Mathias of Elmo, didn’t make it out of November’s primary. Mathias and Len Two Teeth tied for the second spot on the general election ballot, and Two Teeth then won a run-off between the pair.
Two Teeth went on to defeat another challenger, Junior Caye, 845-766.
- Vince Devlin