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Protest takes place over election concerns in Winnebago, NE

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WINNEBAGO, Neb.(KTIV) - A protest broke out early Thursday morning in Winnebago, Nebraska.

Tribal member Victoria Kitcheyan says several members are concerned with tribal leadership and their decision making. She said the latest issue concerns the number of votes in their upcoming tribal council election.

Under normal circumstances, per their election code, members vote for three seats on the council.

But right now, because of a death and a removal, there are five vacancies.

She says the tribal council isn't allowing members to vote for all five seats. She says it's a violation of the constitution.

"So we demonstrated today and in a socially distance manner to really raise awareness, and call upon our leadership to allow five votes in this general election," said Victoria Kitcheyan a tribal member.

Kitcheyan says the two vacant seats would be filled by the progression of the votes. They would be one-year terms to finish out the terms of the vacated seats.

"It's unfortunate that we have to come to these exercise's to voice our concerns and that our leadership would not be receptive to the tribal members voice, so we hope that the takeaway is that they will allow us to vote for 5 seats," said Kitcheyan.

Kitcheyan says they will continue to raise awareness through social media platforms. She says they have also talked about presenting a recall petition to the elected tribal officials.

Xava Parra

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