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Oglala Sioux Tribe Impeaches Vice President for Malfeasance

PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION —The Ogala Sioux Tribal Council on Monday evening impeached the Tribe’s vice president because of malfeasance. The charges brought against Darla Black, who was elected vice president of Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) in November 2016, came from three former employees who accused her of abusing her position, bullying and sexual harassment.

Last night’s impeachment hearing was set on October 29 by the OST Tribal Council after receiving four complaints from the former three employees. Black was suspended with pay on that date as well.

According to the OST constitution, elected tribal officials can be impeached if two-thirds of the Tribal Council determines they committed crimes, gross incompetence, corruption or malfeasance.

The council voted 20-0 with one abstention to seat former OST Vice President Tom Poor Bear, the second-highest vote-getter in last year’s tribal election against her, to serve out Black’s term as Vice President.

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