Red Lake council receives new member and youth report


red lake council receives new member and youth report-web.jpgRED LAKE, Minn. – Shortly after the call

to order of the Red Lake Tribal Council on Dec. 9, Hereditary Chief

James Loud was called upon by Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. to swear

in Robert Smith, recent winner of the special election for Red Lake

District Representative.

He joins council member Roman Stately

representing the community on the eleven member Tribal Council.

A special run off election was held on

Nov. 19, to elect one Red Lake District Representative to a two-year

term. The only eligible candidates in this contest were Donald

Desjarlait and Robert Smith. Smith was declared the winner of the

election winning 278 votes over Desjarlait’s 227.

Hereditary Chief George "Billy"

King was appointed by the council in March 2014 to serve temporarily

in the Red Lake seat after former council member and Smith’s

father-in-law Donald "Dudie" May, Jr., died on March 8. May

had won a four year term on July 18, 2012. King also served

temporarily as Chairman after the death of former Chairman Gerald

"Butch" Brun in 2003 until a special election was held.

Red Lake Youth Council

In what has become a regular part of

the Red Lake Tribal Council agenda, Red Lake Youth Council member

Mathew Antone gave a report to the council on the group’s activities.

Youth council members Anthony Benais and Breanna Johnson assisted


Earlier in the month Antone traveled to

Washington, D.C. after being selected by the White House as a 2014

Tribal White House Tribal Nations Conference Youth Ambassador.

In a letter to Tribal Secretary Annette

Johnson, who had nominated Antone for the honor, Obama administration

official Raina Thiele said of Antone, "Your involvement in these

events will ensure that young Native leaders’ voices are heard at

the highest levels of our federal government. We hope these events

will garner attention, shine a spotlight on inspiring stories, and

promote youth-led efforts within Indian Country! Most importantly,

this is an opportunity for you to be recognized for your exceptional

service to your community."