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Chippewa Cree says it backs anti-corruption group

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 25 2013 07:12:09 AM MDT
HAVRE, Mont. -

 The governing body of the Chippewa Cree tribe says it is supporting a new organization to fight corruption on Montana's Indian reservations.
    
The unnamed group formed this month with representatives from Montana's seven reservations to lobby for reforms on those reservations.
    
A Chippewa Cree Business Committee statement Tuesday says it supports the group because it is a staunch defender of civil rights, employee rights and gender equality.
    
One of the founders of the new group is former Chippewa Cree chairman Ken Blatt St. Marks, whom the tribal committee ousted in March.
    
St. Marks tells the Havre Daily News the tribal committee's pledge is "total baloney."
    
St. Marks was re-elected in a special election, but the committee has vowed to remove him again if he is sworn in.