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Lawrence "Jace" Killsback

Lawrence "Jace" Killsback was elected president of the Northern Cheyenne after being removed from office by the tribal council last October. 

After a special election last week in which former Northern Cheyenne President Jace Killsback was re-elected by a two-vote margin — just three months after he was removed by the tribal council — the runner-up candidate is asking a tribal judge to hold a new election.

In a complaint filed Monday in Northern Cheyenne Tribal Court, former councilwoman Donna Fisher alleged that the delivery of absentee ballots was delayed by a pair of federal holidays preceding the election. Those delays impacted the outcome of the election, Fisher claims.

The election schedule was established Oct. 7, 2017, by the tribal council, one day after it voted 9-1 to remove Killsback from office.

Fisher is asking the judge to void the results of the Jan. 2 election and order that a new one be held between the two candidates.


Morning Reporter

General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.