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Jones victory confirmed after Leech Lake recount

CASS LAKE - Carri Jones' victory in last week's Leech Lake Tribal Council election has been upheld.

Jones picked up two votes in the recount, conducted Tuesday afternoon by the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, paving the way for her to be the tribe's first female chair-person.

The recount brought Jones' vote total to 1,337, compared to 1,330 for incumbent Arthur "Archie" LaRose.

Vote totals, but not the out-come, changed slightly in the District III representative race, too.

LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III picked up an additional vote to give him 920, while incumbent Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird garnered two more votes. Overall, Whitebird collected 891 votes.

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