Canvassing of tribal primary ballots went into the early morning hours ending around 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the 4 Bears Casino Event Center in New Town. On Tuesday, tribal voters went to the election polls to vote for three tribal council representatives and a chief judge for the Fort Berthold Tribal Court.
New Town, White Shield, and Mandaree districts voters cast their ballots for tribal council candidates in each of their respective districts. Voting was also held reservation-wide for the chief judge position.
People have been waiting a long time for a good, three-day soaker and it came last week in the form of heavy rain, drizzle, light rain and finally, more heavy rain.
Unofficial reports suggest 1.70 inches of precipitation in New Town during the first week of September, including just under an inch on Thursday.
New Town city council members talked about a number of items during the regular meeting Aug 20, but projects in progress took center stage. As an example, the city is requesting an official progress report on the Breslin paving project from Bureau of Indian Affairs in Aberdeen, S.D.
There’s a hint of optimism that the substantial rise of Lake Sakakawea this summer will hold throughout the winter. Although the average rise has waned in recent weeks, Lake Sakakawea continues to creep higher. And in the long run, the level could remain relatively high compared to recent years, begging the thought that the lake could get a good jumpstart to rising even more next summer.
Tribal voters had until Tuesday of this week to challenge the eligibility of the 30 potential candidates who filed for the three tribal business council positions up for election this fall. Besides electing council district representatives, voters will also be asked to elect the chief judge of the Fort Berthold District Court.