Apesnahkwat re-elected Menominee chairman

Menominee Indian Tribal Chairman Apesanahkwat has been again named chairman.

At its recent reorganization meeting Feb. 9, the new legislature re-elected Apesanahkwat as tribal chairman and Lisa Waukau as secretary.

Barbara Frechette-Kelley was elected the tribe's new vice-chairman.

She replaces Wendell Askenette, who finished fourth in the January election. Only the three top vote getters won seats on the legislature.

Apesanahkwat said Frechette-Kelley's is very qualified, and her varied experience should certainly be a help to the tribe.

Frechette-Kelley also serves as the Menominee County Treasurer and as president of the Menominee Indian School District Board.

Sylvia Wilber also joined the tribal legislature at the meeting. She finished as the top vote-getter in the election. She was followed by incumbent legislator Eugene Caldwell in second place and Apesanhkwat in third place.

Apesanhkwat said he wanted to return to the legislature and be tribal chairman again so he could continue work on the proposed gambling casino in Kenosha. He said he wants to complete work on the casino because he feels it would be of great long-term economic benefit to the tribe.

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