Maliseet Indians Re-elect Tribal Chief

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HOULTON (AP) -- The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians have re-elected longtime tribal chief Brenda Commander.

Commander, tribal chief for 12 years, told the Bangor Daily News she's looking forward to digging deeper into projects as she progresses further into her fourth four-year term.

Commander defeated opponents Michael Kelley and Tina Beaver, securing 136 votes to Kelley's 55 and Beaver's 43. Three new Tribal Council members Crystal Tucker, Louie Tomah and John Flewelling also were elected to the six-member council.

The tribal chief is not subject to term limits.

The tribe, which became federally recognized in 1980, has more than 1,000 members.


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