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Crow leaders call meeting seeking ouster of tribal chairman

BILLINGS_-Two elected members of the Crow Tribe executive branch repeated their desire Friday to remove Chair Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid, Jr.

The actions of Vice Chairman Carlson Goes Ahead and Vice Secretary Shawn Back Bone comes one week after Not Afraid released a statement from the Crow legal counsel that the removal action is not valid, according the tribe’s constitution.

Not Afraid said the petition stated misuse of tribal funds and abuse of authority, but no specific allegations.

Goes Ahead and  Back Bone disagree, stating that several legal experts have validated their actions.  They have called for a meeting to remove Not Afraid at 9 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Apsaalooke Center. The meeting will be held during the tribe’s General Council meeting.

In a Thursday press release, they accuse Not Afraid of fiscal mismanagement and gross incompetence. They also point to a Crow Legislative Branch resolution of no confidence in Not Afraid.

The resolution states tribal funds have been spent without complete and lawful reporting.

Last week, Not Afraid said he wants an audit so the tribe can account for millions in unidentified federal grant money tagged by the Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General in multiple reports over the last six months.

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