Posted: Jul 31, 2013 12:40 PM by Angela Douglas - MTN News
LAME DEER - The ousted president of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe is determined to get his seat back.
John Robinson filed an objection with the Bureau of Indian Affairs after he was voted out of office by the tribal council on July 10.
That decision came after Robinson terminated a tribal employee who had been accused of abusing children at the Rosebud Lodge. The Rosebud Lodge is a program that houses abused and neglected kids.
The employee appealed her firing, claiming Robinson violated her due process. Once the employee was reinstated, the council then removed Robinson as tribal president.
Robinson was not present when the council voted. He maintains that Tribal law says a council member needs to be present when this type of decision is made.
But the council says its decision is final and is now moving forward with a new election.
"They've already got the election date set. They've already got the advertising. They're printing the ballots already. So they're moving on as if the battle is won," Robinson said Tuesday afternoon. "Our people need to know that there was nothing to the complaint against me, but yet, it resulted in removal, which makes it of an unknown political origin as far as I'm concerned."
The BIA has until the end of the day Thursday to take action on the case.
If Robinson's removal is upheld, he'll still be able to run for re-election, but at this point, he will not comment on whether or not he would do that.
Tribal Vice President Winfield Russel is currently acting as president.