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FDL censure hearing set

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation Business Committee will hold a hearing at at 9 a.m. Monday, April 25, in the Otter Creek Convention Center at the Black Bear Casino Resort, to address the written censure issued to chairman Kevin R. Dupuis Sr. by the Minnesota Tribal Executive Committee. Fond du Lac secretary/treasurer Ferdinand Martineau made the original motion at the January TEC meeting to censure Dupuis for violating a reservation ordinance that prohibits weapons in tribal public buildings.

The Band’s chief judge, Henry Buffalo, has been appointed the presiding official for the hearing and has issued an order governing the hearing process.

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe executive director Gary Frazer said the RBC has three options after its hearing: exonerate, remove or recall. It would require four of five votes on the RBC to remove, and three of five votes to schedule a recall election within 30 days of the hearing date. Dupuis, as RBC chair, is allowed to vote.

FDL Band members may also attend Monday’s meeting by Zoom, using meeting ID 941 9692 5041 and passcode 078664. To access the Zoom meeting by phone, call 312-626-6799.