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Dec 20, 2013 9:27 PM by Tara Grimes (tara@krtv.com)

Blackfeet Tribal members now receiving payments

BROWNING - Many Blackfeet Tribal members are seeing relief with checks going out on Friday.

Tribal employees and members who get federal assistance haven't received payments since late November due to a divided Blackfeet Tribal Business Council.

On Thursday night, Willie Sharp Jr, Forrestina Calf Boss Ribs, Shannon Auguare, Leonard Guardipee, Earl Old Person, and Roger Running Crane signed off to unfreeze the bank account and authorize the release of payments.

Council members report that Tribal employees and members immediately began receiving their money on Friday; this included two payrolls for Tribal employees.

Much of the recent dispute that held up signing off on the bank papers surrounded the issue of which Blackfeet Tribal Business Council members were legal and which were not.

Council member Leonard Guardipee said those six members plan to meet Monday morning to discuss how to prevent this from happening again. They will also talk about getting per capita payments out to all tribal members.

Once the six meet, Guardipee said they plan to invite in the other three council members, Cheryl Little Dog, Paul McEvers, and Bill Old Chief.

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