Tribal Secretary Jannell Downs said she and Frye, who already held the vice chairman position, were the only two business committee members that showed up. Suke never was found, and they learned later that Garcia’s incumbent opponent, George Lopez, was in New York, Downs said.
Downs said a tribal member contacted Frye’s predecessor, Tony Salazar, and persuaded him to attend. His arrival later in the day allowed the new members to be sworn in.
Salazar could not be reached for comment.
The business committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Frye said he wants to develop more jobs for Kickapoos and plans to work with surrounding communities to bring economic opportunities to the area. He said he will try to help any tribal member in need.