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Northern Cheyenne tribal members Tuesday rejected an initiative to develop its coalbed methane resources but approved a similar initiative to develop coal reserves.

In unofficial election results, tribal voters opposed 941-365 an initiative calling for development of coalbed methane. Voters, however, approved 664-572 an initiative to develop coal reserves.

Voters also elected five representatives from three districts to its tribal council.

In the Ashland District, Dan Carlson beat Tracy Robinson 840-611. In the Busby District, Darlene Bement beat L. Jace Killsback 737-688.

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In the Lame Deer District, the three representatives elected were Allen Fisher, an incumbent, with 893 votes, Jennie Lou Small LaFranier with 847 votes and Judith “Judy’’ Spang, an incumbent, with 630 votes. Three other candidates in the Lame District were James Walksalong, with 603 votes; and Jule Spang Sr., with 584 votes; and LaForce Lonebear, with 539 votes.

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