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Dalton Walker
Indian Country Today

The chairman of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in northeastern Montana was suspended this week and faces a removal hearing in December.

On Thursday, the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribal Executive Board issued a statement of charges for removal of Chairman Floyd Azure. The allegations include “inappropriate official action” on behalf of a construction company that the tribe has litigation against for alleged breach of contract and a series of violations of the board’s code of ethics, according to a news release.

Eight of the 12 executive board members signed the statement.

A removal hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3.

An attempt to reach Azure for comment by Indian Country Today was unsuccessful.

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The board appointed Vice Chairman Charlie Headdress as acting chairman during Azure’s suspension, according to the release. A message sent to Headdress wasn’t immediately returned.

Azure was elected chairman for the second time in October 2019 after serving four years as Fort Peck’s leader from 2009-13, according to the Billings Gazette.

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Dalton Walker, Red Lake Anishinaabe, is a national correspondent at Indian Country Today. Follow him on Twitter: @daltonwalker Walker is based in Phoenix and enjoys Arizona winters.

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