PRAIRIE ISLAND, Minn., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Prairie Island Indian
Community has elected a new Tribal Council that includes two current council
members, two previous council members and a newcomer. The Tribal Council is
the governing body of the more than 500-member Prairie Island Indian
President Audrey Kohnen and Treasurer Darrell Campbell were reelected to a
third-consecutive two-year term, along with former council members Alan
Childs, Sr. and Darelynn Lehto. Childs and Lehto each served two terms on the
Council in the mid-1990s. Mason Pacini was elected to his first term in
All five current council members were among the 19 tribal members running
in this year's election. Tribal Council's Vice President Noah White, Secretary
Lu Taylor and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Doreen Hagen were not reelected.
The new Tribal Council will be sworn in and select officers on Dec. 12.
"This is an experienced Council that will serve our community very well,"
said Kohnen. "We have some challenges and opportunities in front of us,
including increased nuclear waste storage, expansion of state-sponsored
gambling, and the growth and diversification of our community and economy.
The new council members all have experience dealing with these tough issues
and a strong desire to do what is right for our community."
The election was held Nov. 9. Voter turnout among the 299 eligible voters
was strong. Each eligible voter can vote for up to five candidates.
The Prairie Island Indian Community is a federally recognized Indian
Nation, located 50 minutes southeast of the Twin Cities along the Mississippi
River. The Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort & Casino.
Tribal Council Candidates Votes
Alan Childs, Sr. 136
Darrell Campbell 104
Mason Pacini 103
Darelynn Lehto 101
Audrey Kohnen 100
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SOURCE Prairie Island Indian Community