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8/21/2012 4:38:00 AM
Maulson, Allen face challengers in Sept. 4 LdF tribal primary
Two challenge Maulson for president, two challenge Allen for VP, 30 running for four council seats
Tom Maulson
Tom Maulson
LdF tribal members reject referendum budget question

Budget would have raised tribal council
salaries to $75,000, $10K more  
for executive board 

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

of The Lakeland Times

Members of the Lac du Flambeau Tribe Tuesday, Aug. 14, rejected a 2012-13 tribal budget referendum proposed by the tribe’s leadership.

According to tribe officials, the proposal to raise council member salaries and add a $10,000 bump for members of the executive board was defeated by a vote of 182-173.

Tribal sources said the tribal council presented the budget proposal Aug. 6 with nearly $1 million added for council member salaries.

The proposed budget had $909,756 designated for salaries. The breakdown presented showed that each council member would have received a salary of $75,000 per year, not including fringe benefits.

The budget also proposed the tribe’s executive board members would receive an additional $10,000 because of “their additional duties and responsibilities.” 

According to the sources, vice chairperson Dee Ann Mayo in 2010 first introduced a motion to pay the council an additional $25 per hour, above and beyond the $1,000 per month stipend they were receiving during the Vicky Doud administration. 

The stipends were revoked after problems caused by a controversial bond issue. At the time, sources said the tribe was trying to survive on $5 million from the casino in 2008.

Tribal members said the 2011 general fund budget listed the $25 per hour proposal, but the budget was defeated three times because of the proposal. 

Tribal President Tom Maulson said he was disappointed by the results of the referendum, but said tribal law would allow another referendum to be put before tribal voters to reconsider the issue.

“We’ll hold informational meetings and explain to tribal members what this all means,” Maulson said. “We want to be more transparent about this and let them know what all is involved in this. Then we can hold another vote.”

Joe VanDeLaarschot may be reached at jvandelaarschot@lakelandtimes.com.

Tom Maulson, incumbent president of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, will face two challengers for his post in the Sept. 4 tribal primary.

Maulson is being challenged by former president Henry “Butch” St. Germaine and Marilyn (Thompson) Miller. 

Incumbent Vice President Dee Ann Allen is facing a challenge from Juanita J. Thompson and Michael W. Allen Sr.

The two top vote-getters in each of those races will be placed on the ballot for the tribe’s Oct. 2 general election.

Four incumbents are running again for their seats on the tribal council with just those four seats on the ballot.

Running for re-election are Terry “Fred” Allen, Jr.; Jerome Brooks BigJohn; Frank C. Mitchell Sr.; and Joseph G. Wildcat, Sr..

The eight candidates with the most votes from the field of 30 tribal council candidates will advance and be placed on the ballot for the general election.

The 26 other candidates running for the four tribal council seats are as follows:

Glory Allen; Sharon (Thompson) BigJohn; Ardella Tula Christensen; Robert Christensen; Philip “Bub” Chapman, Sr.; Carl W. Edwards; Elmer Graveen; Betty J. Jack; John R. LaBarge, Jr.; Bill Maki; Clyde G. Mann; Gerald W. Mann, Sr.; David Mayo; Zoya A. Mayo; Elliott C. Rising Sun; Elmer Risingsun; Ruben (Wayman) Santiesteban; Randy Schuman; Kohn E. Snow, Sr. (AKA Dutchman); Louis H. St. Germaine (Little Guy); Gus Theobald; Betty Lou Wayman; Frank (Guy) Wildcat; Sandra “Tutti” Williams; Charles H. Wolfe and Vivian “Luci” Wolfe.

Maulson said it’s good for the tribe when a large number of candidates decide to run for office.

“Every election there is plenty of competition, but you have to pay attention to their track record,” Maulson said. “What have they done and what will they do if they are elected to office? It’s important for that to be known to the voters.”

Maulson said a large field of candidates also indicates that tribal members are interested in what is going on with the tribe and that they want to contribute.

“We’ll see who the voters choose in the primary and the general election,” Maulson said.

Voting will be held at the William Wildcat Sr. Community Center in the council room. Polls will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Joe VanDeLaarschot may be reached at jvandelaarschot@lakelandtimes.com.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Pete Goeser

Carl W. Edwards? Really? Shameless!

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