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Native American tribe holding elections for council seats

February 9, 2019

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts tribe is holding elections for its main governing body.

Six seats on the 11-member Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council are up for election Sunday.

Nine candidates are on the ballot including three incumbent council members: Yvonne Avant, Edwina Johnson-Graham and Carleton Hendricks Jr.

The other candidates are Joanne Frye, Rita Pocknett Gonsalves, Denise Johnson-Hathaway, Marie Stone, Aaron Tobey Jr. and Brian Weeden.

Polls will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. at the tribe’s government center in Mashpee. Council members serve four-year terms, with elections held every two years.

Among members not on the ballot this year is embattled Chairman Cedric Cromwell. He’s up for re-election in 2021.

The council voted last week to rescind a previous vote stripping Cromwell of his financial powers, after the council said it found no evidence financial impropriety.

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