Tribal president re-elected, challengers earn trustee spots

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal members re-elected tribal council president Tony Reider to another four-year term.
Members of the tribe voted Saturday in a contest between Reider, who earned 121 votes, and challenger Rick Sorensen, who finished with 98 votes.
Reider has served eight years as president. During his time in office, the tribe has built a new clinic and a community center. Most recently, it has started a day care center after the only center in Flandreau went out of business.
In the race for secretary, Donalda Montoya defeated Francis Wakeman III, 165 to 52 with two spoiled ballots. Montoya will replace Gordon Jones Jr., who did not seek reelection.
In the Trustee I race, challenger Kristi Bietz defeated incumbent Jean Paul Roy, 154 to 64. There was one spoiled ballot.
In a tight race for Trustee III, challenger Kenny Weston earned 111 votes against Norman Kitto’s 108 votes. Kitto was previously appointed to the position after Mike Weston, who held that job, passed away.

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