Northern AZ tribe leader pleads guilty to stealing $300,000


One of the leaders of a northern Arizona Indian tribe has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $300,000 in tribal funds. San Juan Southern Paiute Vice President Evelyn James also admitted Wednesday to money laundering and making false statements. According to a federal indictment, the 54-year-old Tuba City resident wrote herself tribal checks totaling $300,000 while she was tribal president.