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Seki wins election for Red Lake chairman

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RED LAKE - After a decade-long reign, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain will be relinquishing his title. Former tribal treasurer Darrell G. Seki will succeed Jourdain as chairman.

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Seki's victory of 1,907 votes versus Jourdain's 1,284 in Tuesday’s election wasn't a surprise to the current chairman.

"It's hard to adapt sometimes. I tried to engage the next generation and push hard for education and constitutional reform," Jourdain said. "To be a change agent in Indian Country is hard."

Jourdain said a majority of the tribal council is accustomed to the old ways, which led to some campaigning against him.

Jourdain finished a two-year term vacated by the death of Gerald "Butch" Brun in 2004. He won the following two elections, giving him a total of 10 years as tribal chairman.

Chairman-elect Seki could not be reached for comment Thursday. He will be sworn into office June 10.

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