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Blackfeet Tribal Business Council splits again

Published On: Nov 23 2013 06:28:40 PM MST
Kjell Petersen 29637415

"Rising Wolf Bison".  These animals are on the Blackfeet Reservation and Rising Wolf Mountain is in the Two Medicine Valley of Glacier.

MISSOULA, Mont. -

Two factions of a divided Blackfeet Tribal Business Council have split again.
    
Chairman Willie Sharp Jr. on Thursday expelled Councilman Leonard Guardipee and replaced him with Allen Shane Goss.
    
Councilman Shannon Augare says Sharp "has created his own fantasy land of power."
    
Internal disputes split the governing council in October as each faction called for its own designated person to be named tribal treasurer, causing a halt to the tribe's payroll.
    
That impasse was solved earlier this month, and the two sides had agreed to meet Monday.
    
Sharp says the council has a quorum, but Augare says Sharp's faction overstepped its authority.
    
Roger "Sassy" Running Crane says the Bureau of Indian Affairs will likely reject Goss' appointment and that Guardipee's expulsion will be reversed.