Published July 20, 2017
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – After coming second in a tribal primary election to retain the chairman position of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II will face Mike Faith in a tribal general election on September 22, 2017. The unofficial results from Wednesday’s tribal primary election show Mike Faith gaining the most votes with 22.44 percent of the vote; Archambault received 21.91 percent.
“I’m very grateful and honored that our voters have chosen me to move on to the general election. I always strive to act in the best interest of our tribal members in the name of our collective future. I look forward to speaking with voters in the coming months, and to work on issues that will help Standing Rock become a model tribal nation,” said Chairman Archambault in a statement released after the primary election. “Thank you to everyone who voted and also to everyone who ran– it means a lot that so many tribal members are interested in serving our nation.”
Archambault gained national attention during last year’s mult-month Standing Rock resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline.
The tribal constitution states that the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the primary election shall be the nominees in the general election. The chairman is elected to a four-year term.
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