Jefferson Keel – Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published October 19, 2017
MILWAUKEE – Today Jefferson Keel, lt. governor of the Chickasaw Nation, was elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, the largest and oldest national American Indian organization, in a run-off race between him and Fawn Sharp, president of the Quainalt Tribe.
The run-off race was necessary because earlier Thursday neither candidate secured a majority vote in a three-person race that included Harold Fraizer, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Keel and Sharp secured the most votes of the three to move on to the run-off.
The final votes were: 8,604 (50.98%) for Keel; 8,274 (49.02%) for Sharp.
Keel previously served as president of NCAI for two terms.