HomePublicationsCurrent NewsletterVolume 24Issue 13TRIBAL CHAIRMAN WILL NOT FACE RECALL

The Tribal Chairman of the Grant Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Sam McClellan, was the target of a recall election late last week. The voters elected to keep McClellan despite unproven accusations that he misused a tribal credit card last year. McClellan says the accusations are false.

“The issue they were trying to recall me on was all fabricated,” says McClellan. “There was nothing there, and it’s sad that our nation – the Grand Traverse Band – that we would take it that far.”

McClellan says the recall attempt was attributed to his outspoken opposition to a proposed casino in Peshawbestown.

Mr. McClellan has stated that the tribe’s Leelanau Sands Casino loses money and building a new casino would be a bad idea.  “I made my view and apparently, it wasn’t liked,” he says. “But there was no one who repudiated it or could even show that what I was writing and what I was reporting on was false.”


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