BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to delay a primary election on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to hear a complaint by a former councilman who wants to run for tribal chairman.

A tribal election commission had declared Archie Fool Bear ineligible for office because he allegedly owes the tribe money. Fool Bear disputes that and asked for a preliminary injunction to halt Wednesday's primary.

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said in a ruling filed Tuesday that federal courts should not infringe on tribal government issues and he could not approve such a "drastic remedy."

Fool Bear was an outspoken critic of the tribe's refusal to hold a reservation-wide referendum vote on whether to support the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux nickname. The moniker was retired in 2013.