2006-06-29 / News

Massaway, Hoffman, Petosky Elected to Tribal Board

Keith Massaway, D.J. Hoffman, and Shirley Petosky were voted to the board of directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in a June 22 election, according to unofficial election results.

Keith Massaway represents Unit Three, which includes St. Ignace and east Mackinac County, Mr. Hoffman represents Unit One, which is the Sault Ste. Marie area, and Shirley Petosky represents Unit Five, which includes Alger and north Marquette counties.

Reelected were incumbents Dennis McKelvie in Unit One, Denise Chase in Unit Four, which includes part of Schoolcraft county and west, and Robert LaPoint in Unit Two, which includes part of Schoolcraft County east to Drummond Island.

Unit Two proved to be the closest campaign race of all the regions and may still be undecided.

Incumbent Robert LaPoint narrowly defeated Francis Hank by three votes. A recount has been requested and will be conducted in the next several days.

The newly elected board members are scheduled to take their oath of office Saturday, July 1. The next board meeting will be Tuesday, July 11, at Mackinac Island.

The tribe's Upper Peninsula service area, which includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Luce, Schoolcraft, Alger, Delta, and Marquette counties, is divided into five units, represented by 13 directors elected to four-year terms by write-in ballot.

The tribe has more than 33,000 enrolled members.

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