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Seki wins election for Red Lake chairman

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.

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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