Former Tribal Chairman Wayne Keplin
Published October 24, 2017
BELCOURT, NORTH DAKOTA – The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Chairman Wayne Keplin, 67, was ousted by the tribe’s tribal council on Monday, October 23, 2017. With seven of nine tribal council members present, the tribal council voted unanimously to remove Keplin.
Keplin was removed in the midst of alleged misconduct. During Monday’s meeting, the tribal council listened to evidence involving six charges of misconduct against Keplin.
“We are deeply concerned with the evidence we have seen of Mr. Keplin’s misappropriation of tribal funds for his personal business, misuse of tribal funds for personal gain, abuse of the position of chairman for personal gain, manipulation of federal contract dollars and bribery,” a tribal news release stated. “We are aware that he is currently the subject of a federal investigation.”
The removal of Keplin by the tribal council comes after several weeks of controversy at the tribe, including Keplin’s arrest last Monday, October 15, 2017 for allegedly assaulting a former tribal council member.