Man charged in ND tribal theft

Minot, North Dakota (AP)November 2010

A man is accused in federal court of stealing money from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

James Blue is charged with embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization and making false statements. He has pleaded not guilty.

Court documents accuse Blue of taking money that was issued through Turtle Mountain tribal finance. An exact dollar amount has not been released.

Authorities also say Blue lied to investigators about the missing money.

Trial is scheduled for Jan. 18 in Minot.