Vote to impeach Oglala Sioux tribal president has failed

Julian Bear Runner, file photo
Julian Bear Runner, file photo
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 9:06 AM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. - A vote to impeach the president of South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux Tribe has failed.

The tribal council needed a two-thirds vote, or 14 votes to impeach Julian Bear Runner. KOTA-TV reports the vote Monday was 11-5 with five council members abstaining.

The council earlier suspended Bear Runner after he was accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a teenager. Bear Runner has denied the accusations.

The tribal president has also served a 30-day paid suspension because the tribal council could not reach him after he enacted a 72-hour coronavirus lockdown. He also pleaded not guilty after he was arrested in May for driving while drunk and threatening a man.

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