Chippewa Cree Tribe to elect new chairman July 5

Havre, Montana (AP) June 2011

The Chippewa Cree Tribe will hold a special election next month to choose a new chairman after Raymond “Jake” Parker Jr. resigned.

Parker resigned last month a day before pleading guilty to federal theft charges.

Parker was accused of charging nearly $60,000 to a tribal credit card between 2009 and 2010, mostly on unauthorized personal charges.

The Havre Daily News reports that the tribal council on the Rocky Boy's Indian reservation will hold a special election on July 5.

A statement from the tribe says it is regrettable that Parker is in this situation but his achievements in office will always be recognized.

Parker has agreed to repay the tribe.