BELCOURT, N.D. (AP) — A tribal appeals court has set a July 30 hearing to determine whether the governing council of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa has the authority to remove the tribal chairman.
The council voted on July 12 to remove Chairman Richard Marcellais, who also is a state senator from Belcourt.
A year after tornadoes ripped through the communities of Belcourt and Rolla, residents have rebuilt.
Sheri Leas and her family were watching from a highway south of town as the tornado struck on July 7, 2008. Their home was reduced to rubble.
U.S. Attorney Drew H. Wrigley announced Wed-nesday that Kevin J. Nad-eau, 26, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.
A federal jury found Nadeau guilty of the charges on Sept. 25, 2008.
U.S. Attorney Drew H. Wrigley announced this afternoon that Kevin J. Nadeau, 26, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced on a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury and a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.
A man accused of punching a federal police officer in the face has pleaded guilty in federal court.
Scott Stewart of Belcourt was charged with assaulting and resisting a federal officer. He faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Questions are being raised about a Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa resolution banning abortions on tribal land. One tribal member says it was not legally adopted.
“We had no published agenda, no three-day notice. It’s a clear violation of the tribal constitution,” said tribal member Andy Laverdure, who is known as watchdog for tribal resolutions.
The storms struck without warning on a sunny July afternoon, residents say. Some say there were as many as five storm, erasing a 20-mile-long path through the hills just north of Belcourt before shattering a neighborhood in Rolla.
“It was a beautiful day and no one could imagine that there would be a tornado that day,” Martin Peltier recalled.
Peltier was crushed when a basement wall fell on him at his home about a mile north of Belcourt.
The number of homes found damaged or destroyed in tornado-ravaged Rolette County continues to rise.
The state Department of Emergency Services says 12 homes have been destroyed and 18 have been damaged in Rolla from the July 7 tornado.
The agency says 47 homes were damaged and eight were destroyed in the Belcourt area.
Government aid is being made available to residents of tornado-ravaged Rolette County, as estimates of damage continue to rise.
Local officials in Belcourt estimate that six structures were destroyed and 28 others damaged by Monday’s tornadoes, while officials in Rolla estimated 12 destroyed and 18 damaged in that city, Gov. John Hoeven said Wednesday.
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