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Published September 28, 2017
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATON – Dave Archambault II was denied a second term as chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe when he was defeated by Mike Faith on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
The unofficial elections results: Mike Faith with 1082 votes; Dave Achambault II with 682 votes.
Prior to his election, Faith served as vice chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Previously, he served as a tribal council member from 1984 to 1995. He has a long resume of serving his tribe in several other capacities, including ranger/wildlife enhancement manager with the Standing Rock Game & Fish Department.
Last year, Archambault gained national prominence as he led the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s resistance to DAPL, a pipeline that goes through ancestral Sioux territory near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers. In August 2016, Archambault was arrested when he crossed a “no trespassing” sign. In defense of tribal sovereignty, Archambault took his tribe’s case to Capitol Hill and the United Nations.
Even though the Dakota Access pipeline was allowed to be completed due to President Trump’s exeutive proclamation directing the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers to speed up the approval process, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe still has ongoing litigation going in the U.S. Disrict Court in Washington, D.C.