And we thought the Senate Leadership was the only exciting power struggle this week
The Rapid City Journal is reporting tonight that OST Tribal President Alex White Plume isn't ready to give up the ghost yet... Or his tribal presidency:
Oglala Sioux Tribe President John Yellow Bird Steele didn’t oust President Alex White Plume from his office at the tribal building in Pine Ridge on Wednesday. Instead, he worked from his own office in the tribal building, while White Plume remained in his office.Read it all here.
Steele, who has been serving as director of revenue affairs in the tribal building, quietly walked into his second-floor office just after 11 a.m. without stopping at White Plume’s first-floor office.
It wasn’t clear whether Steele’s appearance was an official claim to the presidency or just another day at his regular job, as he walked in without acknowledging White Plume or talking to reporters at the scene.
Both men are still claiming the OST presidency, with White Plume insisting he shouldn’t have been left off the ballot in the tribe’s Nov. 7 general election — in which voters picked Steele for the role — and Steele insisting that he won the election fairly.
White Plume, who took the place of impeached President Cecelia Fire Thunder in June, was taken off the ballot four days before the election when the election board declared he was disqualified.
Steele was sworn in as president Tuesday at Kyle — a swearing-in White Plume called null and void — and claims that the post is rightfully his. Steele was sworn in with 16 tribal council members elected with him Nov. 7.
Steele said Tuesday evening he planned on occupying his office as president Wednesday.
White Plume insists he remains president, calling the swearing-in illegal.