NEW TOWN After a four-year absence, Tex Hall is back to lead the Three Affililiated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation.
A swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected chairman was held Wednesday morning in tribal chambers west of New Town. The ceremony was held only several hours after the tribal Election Board finished counting the ballots in the early morning hours Wednesday in the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge Events Center.
In the hotly contested race, Hall defeated incumbent chairman Marcus Levings in the tribal general election Tuesday. The unofficial vote tally was 1,262-1,043, according to Election Board information.
This will be Hall's third term as tribal chairman. He ran for a third term four years ago when he was defeated by Levings.
In his campaign, Hall ran on the platform which included: reforming tribal government and revising the tribal constitution with separation of powers; effective, honest and open management of tribal lands, oil and gas, and casino monies; tribal government being fair and respectful to each person; reform tribal law enforcement, housing, health care, finances, casino, oil and gas, and review all tribal departments and programs to run fairly and improve services to the people; balance the tribal budget and pay down the tribal debt; and create a fund to share the wealth with every enrolled member with an annual dividend.
In the tribal general election, Barry Benson, incumbent, was the winner in the race with Amy Mossette for Twin Buttes representative. The unofficial vote tally in that race was 148-109, according to Election Board information.
Representatives of two other districts who received the majority of the votes in their districts and were declared the winners in the primary election Sept. 21 were sworn into office Sept. 24. Incumbent council representatives V. Judy Brugh, of the Four Bears District, and Mervin Packineau, of the Parshall-Lucky Mound District, received the majority of the votes in their districts.
Tribal members also voted in a Secretarial election Nov. 1, requested by the Three Affiliated Tribes and held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. That election was held to vote on proposed amendments to decide the blood degree requirement to enroll as a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. The Fort Berthold Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs was in charge of counting those ballots Wednesday afternoon at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge west of New Town.