Anna Bull Shoe sits at her kitchen table in Browning, reading from a thick document naming enrolled members of the Blackfeet tribe. Bull Shoe uses the document to verify signatures on her petition to remove the entire Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. To sign the petition, a tribal member must be 18 and eligible to vote.
Shortly after striking a temporary deal with Blackfeet Business Council Chairman Willie A. Sharp Jr. to pay tribal employees, councilmen Leonard Guardipee, left, and Roger Running Crane, center, talk with fired tribal employees at the Log Cabin Council headquarters at a closed cafe in Browning. Fifty five to 60 tribal employees were fired. The arrangement between councils held for one week.
Three of the seven Willie A. Sharp Jr. faction members, Cheryl Little Dog, left, Leon Vielle and Sharp, send out a live telecast to the Blackfeet Nation from tribal headquarters. The telecast was in response to tribal paychecks being late again. During the telecast, Vielle called the Log Cabin Council “extortionists” and “terrorists,” saying their corruption would not be tolerated and they would not bend to the Log Cabin Council’s demands regarding paychecks. Shortly after, Sharp, Vielle and Little Dog talked with the Log Cabin Council and agreed to pay tribal employees.
Anna Bull Shoe, left, Kila Bird and Anne Pollock visit the house they aim to move into by summer. In the coming months, Bull Shoe plans to renovate the house to make it livable for her family of eight.
Mistee Rides At The Door was put on administrative leave after refusing to file a restraining order against Councilman Roger Running Crane on behalf of the Sharp faction.
Roger Running Crane, center, talks with fired appellate Judge Julene Kennerly, right, and Shawn Augare shortly after a deal was struck between the Log Cabin Council and the Sharp Faction to pay tribal employees.
Caution tape blows in the wind in front of the Tribal Headquarters in Browning, Montana.
Blackfeet Tribal Business Council candidate, Nathan De Roche, left, talks about tribal reform during a Blackfeet Against Corruption meeting. BAC is an activist group that supports the Sharp Faction.
Bryon Farmer, (center) shakes hands with Councilman Paul McEvers. McEvers was previously suspended from the tribal council then brought back on after the council brought back after the schism in October. Farmer is one of the leaders of Blackfeet Against Corruption, an activist group that supports the Sharp Faction.
Clouds hang over the land outside of Browning on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Percy, Bull Shoe`s grandson, walks around the property on Badger Creek that Bull Shoe plans to fix up to house her large family.
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