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  Bitter rivals in race for tribal leader
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News DateSaturday, April 3, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Dave Roepke
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The Forum - 04/03/2004

The race for chairman of the White Earth Indian Tribe pits a former chairman against a long-time critic who pushed for his ouster.

Darrell “Chip” Wadena and Erma Vizenor received the most votes in the tribe’s primary, defeating one-term incumbent Doyle Turner and 10 other candidates to set up a June 8 general election between the bitter rivals.

“I’m a person of integrity. He’s a crook,” Vizenor said. “Here I am, up against a convicted felon.”

Wadena was tribal chairman of the northwestern Minnesota reservation for two decades until 1996, when a federal jury convicted him of rigging construction bids for the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, as well as other corruption charges.

Wadena admitted the scandals of his previous chairmanship would be an issue in the election, but said his past is behind him.

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