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Otoe-Missouria Tribe swears in council members

BY HEATHER PAYNE Modified: November 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012
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RED ROCK -- Otoe-Missouria Tribal members and staff gathered in the historic Tribal Council Building on Friday to watch the winners of the recent tribal elections take the oath of office.

Incumbent Alvin Moore was re-elected to the office of third member, while Ted Grant was elected to the office of vice chairman and Courtney Burgess was elected to the office of treasurer.

Moore won his race with 45.74 percent of the votes against Rosella DeRoin and David Lane. Grant won with 33.33 percent of the vote in a four-candidate race that included incumbent Charles Moncooyea, Michael Gawhega and Darrell Kihega.

Burgess won her office with 54.59 percent of the vote against Treasurer Appointee Jim Hopper.

Of the 2,235 registered voters, 25.41 percent voted in the recent election, with a nearly 50/50 split between absentee and in-person votes.

New tribal election board member Jade Roubedeaux and re-elected board members Tina Youker, Linda Francis and Ranae Kihega also took the oath of office. Together, they are charged with the duty of conducting all tribal elections.

The Otoe-Missouria Tribe has more than 3,000 members located throughout the United States. The tribe was relocated from Nebraska to Indian Territory in 1881. Today, it is one of the largest employers in Kay and Noble County with four casinos, two convenience stores and gas stations, propane company, hotel, entertainment center and cattle ranch.