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Roy to 'step back'

Judy Roy will complete 12 years of service as secretary of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Aug. 8 when the newly elected secretary, Kathryn "Jody" Beaulieu, is sworn in.

Roy said in a telephone interview on Thursday from her home, that even though Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. was re-elected by two percentage points -- 51 to her 49 -- and by a total of 71 votes -- 1,724 to her 1,653 -- she did not expect to ask for a recount.

"I did call and congratulate," she said, adding that she wishes the newly elected and re-elected Red Lake Tribal Council members well.

Roy said she didn't have any immediate plans, but would serve until the next regular Tribal Council meeting.

"I'm going to step back," she said. "I'm going to be a grandma for a while. Then I will reflect on what to do next."

Roy was ahead by in the vote count by 83 votes when the Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah and Little Rock precincts were tallied. However, Jourdain garnered 596 votes to Roy's 442 votes when the absentee ballots were counted.

A lifelong Red Lake resident, she said, "I am very gratified to have won on the reservation where people know me best. That was especially gratifying."

She also expressed gratitude to her supporters and those who worked for her election.

"I have never had such devoted bunch of campaign workers," she said.

Also to be sworn in Aug. 8 are four Tribal Council representatives: Donald "Don Dez" Desjarlait, Red Lake; Gary L Nelson, Ponemah; Tom "Jambi" Westbrook, Redby; and William "Billy" Greene, Little Rock.