Prairie Island Indian Community Elects New Tribal Council
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 Community. 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 office. 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. Final Results Tribal Council Candidates Votes Alan Childs, Sr. 136 Darrell Campbell 104 Mason Pacini 103 Darelynn Lehto 101 Audrey Kohnen 100 MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X18663471
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